Why We Choose Samaritan Ministries

As a full-time missionary ministry family–health insurance is not a given. When Obamacare became available we bought a policy through the marketplace. We quickly learned, however, that the “Affordable Care Act” was anything but affordable. Insuring...

Lessons Learned From a Close Call

It was just three weeks ago when Mark and I got up and prepared to head to the airport for our speaking trip near Washington DC. As he does every day, Mark headed downstairs and made his coffee. He spent some quiet time and headed into the kitchen for a second cup of...

Wedding on a Budget

So many people asked us why Austin and Larisa’s wedding was on a Thursday evening. Granted it’s a little unconventional, but quite honestly it came down to their budget. They found the place where they wanted their wedding and reception but the Friday or...

It’s Amazon Prime Day!

Special Note: Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase. It’s important to me that you know, however, that I only recommend products and services I love and personally use!...

Hospitality at Home

We’d been married just about six months and lived on the west side of Indianapolis. Mark drove a delivery truck all over Indiana for his family’s glass and plastics business. He’d been in southern Indiana that day and I was waiting for him to come...

Two Ways To Make Money Without Working At It

Several years ago Mark and I wrote Living With Less So Your Family Has More. The book is about living with less stress, less activities, and less money than what is culturally acceptable.  It’s actually about standing up to adult peer pressure and doing what is...

TODAY ONLY: $5 off $15 Amazon Book

I love to both give and receive books and because I’m a living with less girl, I also love to pass along a good deal. I just learned that Amazon is offering $5 off any print book purchase of $15 or more by simply using the promo code: GIFTBOOK.  Today (Sunday)...

Living With Less So Your Family Has More

Peer pressure. Those two words are usually associated with the teen years. Yet you and I face peer pressure everyday. When you see your neighbor’s new minivan, does it make your old beater look even worse? When you hear all the activities your best friend has...

10 Savvy Ways To Save Money

Today’s post is from Hearts at Home speaker Marianne Miller. Marianne is the author of The Gift of Enough: Raising Grateful Kids in a Culture of Excess.   ********************************************************************************** I live on a budget....

The Gift of Enough

It all started with a picture and comment my friend and coworker, Connie, put on Facebook. I like my little “Living With Less So Your Family Has More” car, but honestly I get razzed about it all the time.  “What CEO drives a 23 year old car?”...

Quote of the Week

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”                                          ~A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Six Reasons I Love Online Savings Accounts

Many years ago I discovered something that transformed the saving habits of our family: online savings accounts. Initially I was drawn to the accounts because their interest rates were better than any brick and mortar bank. However, now I’m sold on them because...