Spend Wisely

March 26, 2012

in the generous life

Another Dave Ramsey-ism …

When you’re dealing with finances and have, say, twenty bucks, you can buy “this $20 item” OR “that $20 item” (OR you could save the $20). The point is that you when you spend it on one item, you have in effect chosen not to buy the other item or put the $20 in savings. Money is finite and it causes you to make choices.

Our money choices are huge because they effect our lives. If I buy a second hand bike, I will likely exercise more. If I buy a mess of yarn, I will have what I need for a bit of creative expression. Neither choice is good or bad in and of itself, but I really have to think about what I’m doing with that $20 because that will determine how I will spend some of my time life.

How this applies to marriage …

Time is a lot like money. We have a finite amount of time each day. How we choose to “spend” it, will shape our lives and our relationships. I can spend my time practicing daily on the guitar and build a skill. I can spend my time reading and exposing myself to new ideas. I can spend my time playing with my children and build in them important values. If I choose to spend my time one way, I have in effect chosen to not spend it another way.  

Now, really, we have enough time that we can usually do a number of different activities, but we still have to pick and choose because our time is finite.

Where do you want to spend your time? Speaking as The Generous Wife, I encourage you to spend a good amount of time on your husband and your marriage relationship. I’m not suggesting that you give up the rest of your life to build only this relationship.  I’m suggesting that this relationship is very important and will give a very good “return,” one that impacts many areas of your life. The healthier your marriage, the better your health, the better your finances, the more secure your kids will be, and on and on. It’s smart to “invest” in your marriage. (And, of course, he’s worth it.)

Time is the coin of your life.  Carl Sandburg

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A good bit of wisdom from Do Not Disturb ~ Comparisons


I actually tried this one ~ An Experiment… and I encourage y’all to do likewise! (from Encourage Your Spouse)


Be generous!  Lori <><

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

donotdisturb blog March 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

We are big Dave Ramsey fans in our house. We attended FPU about 5 years ago and have tried to apply as many of the principles as we can at this time.

And yes, time is a huge asset we have. I must always remind myself to not just assume that because what I am doing is not wrong that it is best. I have to remind myself to ask God what HE would have me spend my time on.

Thanks for the referral.



MsC March 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

It is designed for children to grow up and leave home to start their own families. It is designed for husbands and wives to be together forever. You have to cultivate both relationships, but you definitely cannot ignore the marriage for the children.


Leanne March 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I work at home while the husband has a 9 to 5 office job. He’s a manager and sometimes comes home feeling stressed. So as much as possible, I get my responsibilities done by the time he arrives and don’t work on weekends. :)


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