Don’t Reward Yourself Just Yet…

You deserve it.

That phrase, used the wrong way, causes us to compromise our resolve and accept a life of small results. We have all done it, so this is a message for everyone. ‘You deserve it’ is what we tell ourselves when we want that extra slice of pizza, but are supposed to be committed to a healthy diet plan. We know that voice well… “Have that chocolate, you deserve it!” “Finance that expensive watch, you deserve it!” “Take a break from exercise today, you deserve it!” Its the allure of instant gratification, but we only feel good for the moment and usually regret the poor choice later.   (more…)

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Celebrate Independence!

Today is the day we as Americans celebrate the birth of our great nation and the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. On July 4, 1776 our founding fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared us a new, free nation. What an awesome act of courage that changed the course of history and the world! As we celebrate this great day, let us remember the bedrock of freedom that our country is founded upon and the fearless men and women who protect those freedoms in the armed services today. God bless the USA!

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Dear Ashton – Husband’s “Money Matters” Are Hurting Our Marriage

Dear Ashton: I am in my second marriage, and we have been married for less than 3 years. My husband and I divide all of the household responsibilities and expenses. We have separate bank accounts and we each pay our bills from our own accounts. I have a budget for how much I spend on bills monthly, and I try to stick to it closely. Lately, I feel like my husband is taking advantage of me because he uses up the household items I purchase and does not replace them. He does not even think about my budget and the added expense his actions cost me because I’m the one who has to go buy more. I don’t think it is fair that I have to continue to replace items that he uses freely without considering how it affects me. I do the things I am supposed to do, and he should do the same. Why doesn’t he just replace the items he’s used instead of waiting for me to do it? This is happening every month. I am frustrated, but I have not said anything to him about it. But I know he can tell something is not right and it’s hurting our relationship. Am I wrong for thinking this way???

— #MoneyMatters

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