Faith & Finance

Rob West

5 Small Stones To Slay Your Finances

March 19, 2020
00:00 25:00

“Then he took his staff in his hand chose five smooth stones from the stream and with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” That’s 1 Samuel 17:40 where David went out to do the impossible—slay Goliath. Do you ever feel like you’re facing overwhelming odds when trying to get out of debt? Kingdom Advisors President Rob West has some easy ways to improve those odds.

•          Pay a little more of your mortgage or car loan each month. Paying just $50 extra on a 30-year, $200,000 mortgage at 3.5% interest will cut your mortgage balance by over $12,000 and reduce the payoff time by 2-1/2 years! Just make sure the extra payment is applied to the principal each month. You can do the same with a car loan.

•          Organize your financial documents. One reason you may not feel you have control of your finances is because you’re afraid to see the big picture. By pushing through that fear to force yourself to get all of your credit card statements and other bills organized is a huge first step in getting your debt paid off.

•          Monitor your progress. It’s encouraging to see the headway you’re making paying down debt and watching your savings grow. There are plenty of free, online calculators you can use for debt reduction and retirement investing, too. And celebrate when you achieve a small goal (within your budget, of course)!

•          Think used. It’s easy to head out to the big box stores and buy furniture, appliances and clothing. But you can almost always find used things. It takes more time and effort, but the Internet has made it much easier to find quality used items. If you sharpen those skills and get in the habit of doing it, the savings are substantial.

•          Cancel something. Many unused subscriptions are digital. You may have signed up for an app during a free trial period and now you’re being charged every month. Go over your statements, hunt down unused subscriptions and cancel them.

•          Visit Our friend, Crystal Paine, has made a career out of saving money and has loads of useful tips!


On today’s program we also answer your questions:


•           My wife and I are in our mid-20s and we have $50,000 in student debt but we both gross about $100,000 a year. Should I buy a house or rent it?

•           I’m paying an extra $1,000 a month to more quickly pay off my mortgage. Now I’m thinking that I should be investing that amount each month instead! What would you do?

•           Under what situation is it better to rent rather than to purchase a house?


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About Faith & Finance

Faith & Finance is a daily radio ministry hosted by Rob West. The program offers a practical, biblical and good-natured approach to managing your time, talents and resources.

About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Faith & Finance heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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