I wouldn’t consider myself particularly ambitious, in terms of wanting to make tons of money.

However, today, in Sunday service, they had someone come up and share about Compassion International (CI), one of those charities that you can sponsor a child through. They played a touching video about a child discovering she was being sponsored. I teared up a little bit.

Cynical me… The first thing I did when they started talking was look them up on Charity Navigator. World Vision has gotten so much bad flak, and last thing I wanted to do was contribute to some organization squandering their money in the name of Jesus.

Turns out, they have consistently been well-rated on Charity Navigator, something CI is proud of, and touts on their literature and website. (I would, too.) My interest was piquing.

When I got home, I went online to look at the children. Looking each and every face, my heart broke a little more. I came wanting to sponsor one, and now I felt worse and worse as I looked at another, feeling as if I was betraying the others.

As of typing, there are 9,230 children available to sponsor.

Through their program, sponsorship of a child costs you $38/month. Not insignificant, but very doable, $456/year.

Confession time…

In 2014, I spent just under $500 on shoes and clothes alone.

That’s still less than the $800+ I spent in 2013.

Yeah, I know. As a college student, too. 

(To be fair, I was working at the time, but that’s still not an insignificant amount of money.)

My point being, that’s not an amount I’ve never spent on non-vital items within a year’s time.

Like I said, right now there are 9,230 children available to sponsor.

To sponsor them all for just one year would cost $4,208,880.

Of course, that’s not the point of this program. Part of the point of CI is to pair each child with one person (or group of people), who personally write to and develop a relationship with the child. For one person to sponsor all 9230 children would not be bad, per se, but to do so would miss the relationship building.

Even so… More than anything, I feel like this has pushed me to work harder, focus harder, and pray harder. Money doesn’t just buy nice things. It buys very necessary things, too, and it doesn’t have to be necessary things for just us.

This isn’t meant to be a pitch to go sponsor a child, but if you do decide to, or are already doing so, let me know! I’m planning on sponsoring a child with someone, and would love to talk about it with another sponsor.

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Amazon Penny Phones: For AT&T Family Plans

As you may know, Amazon Wireless has many phones available for much cheaper than you would be able to find at a wireless shop, or even at your carrier’s website.

Some of my family wanting to upgrade their phones, I suggested that they look into this option. They were suspicious at first, but they are now rather captivated with the idea, after visiting a local AT&T storefront.

As I looked through the penny phones available, I was pleasantly surprised at the pretty large selection available.

However, I discovered that not all of the phones are $0.01 when you are choosing to extend a plan, especially if you are on a family plan.

So I looked through each phone to check, and compiled a list of all the phones that are only $0.01 when you are already part of a family plan with AT&T.

I didn’t know that AT&T made proprietary phones? Haha.

  • F160 – a pretty standard phone; has 3.5 mm headphone jacks, so that you can use your normal earbuds/headsets/preferred listening devices


  • GU295 – slider phone
  • Neon II, Blue – slide out full QWERTY keyboard; small touchscreen
  • Neon II, Orange – slide out full QWERTY keyboard; small touchscreen
  • Neon II, Red – slide out full QWERTY keyboard; small touchscreen
  • Quantum Windows Phone – slide out full QWERTY keyboard; Windows Phone 7 OS; touchscreen; 5 MP camera



Sony Ericsson

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Get the most out of the “commercial holiday”

Valentine’s Day is often looked down upon as a holiday fueled simply by consumerism. Companies are trying to lure you into their stores under the ever-idealistic banner of “love” and “romance”. Bah, you say.

Well, not all vendors are looking to make you spend money. Some are actually giving things away for free! Sure, this is all to get on your soft side, so that you might buy something from them. But… Whatever to that, right? Those of us who are really into freebies know what to do- go in, get the freebie, and go along on our merry way.

  • A free sample of Marble Slab’s new Tiramisu flavored ice cream! It’s a pretty tiny scoop (3 ounces, which is like 6 non-heaping tablespoons), but ice cream is always delicious, and even more so when it’s free. Plus, the times are ideal  for everyone, even those in school- this promotion goes on from 3-6 PM. Check out their website for participating locations!
  • Get a free crunchy taco from Taco Bell! Just like them at their Facebook page, and then print out a coupon. If you’re not into online coupons, sorry, this is not for you. Or you could just go get a taco anyway. They are pretty cheap, after all. But free is always better than free.
  • Can’t get enough of free ice cream? Like miniature balls of breakfasty goodness? Send an e-card through Denny’s and get a coupon for a free Pancake Puppies Sundae for not only you, but your friend, as well!

So whether you are into just eating freebies and going, or are already planning on going to the above fine establishments, I hope you enjoy saving some money! Please do enjoy that delicious flavor that only comes from not paying for something! Hopefully the gas used to redeem your freebies doesn’t cost too much!

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