Money doesn't make the world go around, but it sure helps keep it spinning!

With a background in formal philanthropy, I've been a part of the annual $375 billion business for the past 14 years in some meaningful ways.  While managing campaigns and strategic planning for the country's largest fundraising firm, I've been able to glean some lessons in financial planning, investing, and, of course, contributing. 

Two years ago, the Epic Spending Freeze Challenge was born as a Facebook group, and some friends and I challenged each other to promote healthier practices in saving and spending.

On July 1, 2017, we re-invigorated the Challenge, and we go!

There are plenty of books (and I have all of Suze Orman's!), and this group is an additional resource to help us master our art of saving.
There are a few guidelines listed on the page for the Challenge (join anytime!).
Here are a few steps to keep in mind to help you get started:

1.  Obtain a free credit report.
2.  Identify where you will place your savings.
3.  Write out and total your debt.
4.  Return everything that still has a price tag.
5.  Create a weekly budget for eating out, coffee, drinks with friends, etc.
6.  Lower the interest rate on your credit cards.
7.  Set a financial savings goal.
8.  Create a "Fun Fund" for your hobbies.
9.  Create a list of must-purchase items for the next six months.
10.  Remove all shopping and discretionary spending apps from your phone.

 We're moving through 2017 armed with the tools, resources, and education to help us build wealth like never before. It starts with a few pennies, and it will prayerfully be multiplied.

Here's to our success!

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