Subscriber Swap Saturday: Bible Money Matters

by Kevin on December 29, 2008

This is the fifth edition of Subscriber Swap Saturday. We’re posting this on Monday due to some holiday scheduling issues for this past Saturday.

I highly encourage all of my readers to subscribe to Bible Money Matters for one week and see if you like what you find! Read more about Subscriber Swap Saturday at the link above.

This week I’m sitting down to talk with Pete from Bible Money Matters. BMM is his faith and finance blog where he chronicles he and his wife’s path towards becoming financially independent.  As of a year or two ago they were blessed to be able to become debt-free except the mortgage.  They love being debt free, and like to live by this verse:

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

Pete and his wife don’t ever want to be servant to the lender again.   They are now working towards building a nice nest egg for our future, and hope you’ll join them on that journey. You can subscribe to his blog by RSS or email.

Question (No Debt Plan): We’re talking in the midst of the Christmas season. Tell me a little bit about how important Christmas is to you and your family.
Answer (Bible Money Matters):  For us, as Christians, Christmas is one of the most important holidays on the Calendar. It marks the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Christmas season is also a great time for togetherness, having a good time with family and friends, and just celebrating!  I love it, and I look forward to it every year!

Q: You mention on your blog that you and your wife decided one day to be debt free other than your mortgage. What caused this change in thinking and what was your financial life like before that point in time?
A: Before making the decision to try and live debt free we weren’t bad about spending so much as we weren’t really aware of the financial decisions we were making.  We were just letting our money happen to us, instead of being active with our money.  After taking a class by Dave Ramsey called Financial Peace University, we decided to become more aware of what we were doing, and work hard towards saving goals, becoming debt free, and living an upright financial life.

Q: What has been the largest change in your financial life in the last year?
A: We started doing a budget, and actually using it!  Before we both hated using a budget, but we’ve found that having one actually has made us closer in our marriage because we were communicating about money, and has allowed us to be much more free with our money – both in our giving, and in our saving.  It has allowed us to save much more money than we ever thought we could!  It allowed us to pay cash for our last car!

Q: What do you hope to achieve with Bible Money Matters in 2009?
A:For 2009 I would like to continue growing Bible Money Matters, helping other people turn their own finances around, and continuing to talk about how our spiritual and financial lives are intertwined.  I also wouldn’t mind if I could turn the website into a full time income, bringing in as much as my full time day job does currently.

Q: You also have side business going with website themes and banners, right? Why don’t you tell the readers a little bit of what you offer.
A: I have a side business called Logos for Websites where I design logos, banners, twitter backgrounds and pretty much any other graphic design you can think of.  I’ve done website logos for some pretty big bloggers including Being Frugal, Frugal Dad and No Credit Needed, and love working with everyone to help them take their blogs or websites to the next level.

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Thanks, Pete! Best of luck with your future blogging income. And hey — learn some more about me by checking out his interview of me.

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Pete January 5, 2009 at 10:15 am

Thanks for featuring me, and hey – this theme looks familiar! 🙂

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