Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Blog Tour: Learning to Live Financially Free

on April 23, 2009

Here is another great blog tour through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for the book Learning to Live Financially Free by Marybeth and Curt Whalen.  Again there is a drawing but the information for that is at the bottom of the post, so keep reading and then leave a comment – if I get 10 comments I will draw one name to go into another drawing to win a gift basket!

About the book:

(North Carolina) – The fear and reality of tough economic times, foreclosures, bailouts, bankruptcies and falling stocks strike fear in the hearts of many Americans today. With investors, newscasters and bankers giving advice, who can you trust? Marybeth and Curt Whalen share their financial successes and failures in their new book, Learning to Live Financially Free: Hard-Earned Wisdom for Saving Your Marriage & Your Money. If a family parenting six children can get out of debt and live financially free, anyone can. The Whalens readily admit they made their share of mistakes the first ten years of marriage. Becoming more disciplined and intentional in spending and saving helped them learn valuable lessons for better financial stewardship–lessons you’ll want to learn too.


Learning to Live Financially Free not only focuses on building a stronger financial understanding in the home, but also encourages couples to communicate, thus building better, stronger marriages. The Whalens clearly comprehend the need for careful money management and commitment in marriage. Money-strapped families will find peace of mind as they begin the process of becoming financially responsible and debt-free.


About the Authors:

Marybeth Whalen is a speaker and contributing writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries. The author of For the Write Reason, Marybeth has also written for Parent Life, Money Matters newsletter, The Old Schoolhouse, Hearts at Home magazine, and Homeschooling Today. She contributes regularly to the daily online devotions of Proverbs 31 Ministries.


Curt Whalen is a trained financial counselor through Crown Financial Concepts. He has years of experience helping couples establish budgets, solve financial problems, and learn to communicate more effectively. He has written articles for TEACH Magazine and Money Matters Newsletter and has contributed to books by authors Lysa TerKeurst and Melanie Chitwood.

Are You A Financially Focused Couple?
Instructions: Give yourself 1 point for every "yes" answer, 0 points for every "no."

1.Do you have regular budget meetings?
2.Do you communicate about daily expenses?
3.Do you discuss large purchases before they’re made?
4.Does each spouse have an equal vote about money decisions?
5.Have you planned for your future through life insurance and a will?
6.Do you agree about tithing and giving?
7.Can you both list out your debts, including the amounts and monthly payment for each account?
8.Do you have a plan that was written together for paying off debt and saving money?
9.Do you encourage each other to save money?
10.Have you discussed the spending habits and attitudes about money that you carried into the marriage?

Tally up your score and use the guide to the right to see what category you fall into.

0-2 points: Don’t get discouraged. There’s nowhere to go from here except up! 
3-5 points: You are taking steps towards being a financially focused couple.. Keep working together and you will get there.
6-8 points: You are almost 100% financially focused. Keep up the good work and get intentional about those trouble spots.
9-10 points: You are a financially focused couple and could show us all a thing or two! Consider sharing your wisdom with other couples who are struggling in today’s uncertain times.


Now for the giveaway information:  if I get 10 comments I will draw one name to go into the grand prize drawing for a set of books.  Make sure to leave a comment with an email so that I can contact you if you are the grand prize winner through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications.  What is in the prize giveaway:

1 copy of the book
1 copy of Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey
1 subscription to P31 Woman Magazine
1 copy of God’s Purpose For Every Woman (collection of the best devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries)
1 cd of Marybeth’s message "Becoming A Woman of Influence"
1 Dove Chocolate bar (because everything is better with chocolate!)

12 responses to “Blog Tour: Learning to Live Financially Free

  1. TheCrazyMom says:

    This sounds great. My dh and I come from opposite ends of the spectrum. My family came from the depression era frugal perspecitive, and dh's from the post-war live for today era. Somehow we meet in the middle, but we could move more towards MY way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Crazy Mom

  2. ejmiller says:

    Any book, packaged along with chocolate, sounds great! I was pleased to see that my hubby and I score in the 9-10 range; I shouldn't have been surprised as we have just never fought over money issues in almost 15 years of marriage.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

    ejm (at) truevine (dot) net

  3. ElCloud says:

    That sounds like a great book! ๐Ÿ™‚

    April E.

  4. Penny says:

    What a fun gift package! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enter me, please! bubbetta at hotmail dot com

  5. SisterTipster says:

    Looks AWESOME! Sign me up!

  6. LarabaK says:

    Wow, sounds like a great book! I want to get a copy… I hope the library carries it. I'll check it out.

    I wonder a bit about the "each spouse having an equal vote" on money, though. It seems to me that is an area where the husband needs to lead. Just a thought.

    BTW, we scored an 8 and maybe we deserve a 9. We don't exactly have budget meetings but I sit down and look at the budget with him sporadically. Does that count? :-).


  7. AussieinAmerica says:

    Sounds wonderful.

    I'd love to enter.

    homeschoolingaussie at yahoo dot com


  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I loved this book


    wyndyc at

  9. Anonymous says:

    The book sounds great! Our church libary could sure use these books!

  10. Anonymous says:

    The book sounds great! Our church libary could sure use these books!
    Janet 124

  11. Ausjenny says:

    this sounds like alot of good advice please enter me
    ausjenny at gmail dot com

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hi sarah, not sure if I am too late to enter, but if not could you please enter me for this comp? Sounds like a great book with practical tips we could all use!
    Hugs, Jennyb
    jennyb68 at gmail dot com

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