Faith & Finance

Rob West

More Ways To Save Money

March 29, 2021
00:00 24:57

John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Company, and one of the wealthiest men in history, still believed in spending wisely. He once said, “I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.” There are always more ways to spend money than there are to save it. So no matter how much you have, it’s important to spend wisely. Today, Kingdom Advisors President Rob West shares some of his ideas about that. Then it’s your calls at 800-525-7000.

 

 

·      Rockefeller understood that using money wisely was a virtue in itself beyond just the financial benefit. Maybe he’d read Proverbs 10:5, which says, “He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

·      There are many ways that we, as Americans, hang onto the money we’ve “gathered.” 

·      Gym memberships: It may be costing you around $50 a month. Consider canceling it and working out from home. 

·      Next, shop smart for major appliances. If you have to replace a refrigerator, furnace, or clothes dryer don’t just look at the sales price. What seems like a great deal could end up costing you more in the long run. take your time, read customer reviews, and make your choice, not just on price, but also on reliability and energy efficiency. 

·      Comparison shop: Check out sites like ClarkDeals.com and Google Shopping to find the lowest prices available online. 

·      Amazon has a price tracking feature to help with that. It’s called CamelCamelCamel. When you sign up, they’ll send you alerts when the price of an item drops.

·      Instead of buying an item that you need for a one-time project or event … consider borrowing it instead. The odds are good that someone at church already has that extra-long ladder you need, or maybe folding chairs for a party. Don’t be afraid to ask. Of course, that’s a two-way street. Offer to reciprocate if the lender ever needs something from you. 

·      Use cash whenever possible. Imagine saving 10 to 30% every time you go to the store. That’s what studies show you’ll save by using cash.

 

Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:

 

·      My wife would like to retire in the next 10 years. We are paying a lot towards our principle and will most likely pay it off next year. Should we then use our disposable income or use my wife’s IRA to live on?

·      I am 88 years old. What is the best way to start a budget?

·      Do you have any advice on wise stewardship for the stimulus check from the government?

·      My job was offering a pension. A few years ago we were able to take it out or put it in an IRA. I put it in a traditional. Is there a way to move it to a Roth?

·      What is the best way to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

 

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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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