In last week’s weekend reading roundup, I promised to write up an article about why contentment and careful spending are serious issues for Christians. Here it is.

       The American Dream. The idea that prosperity and success will give you a better, richer, and fuller life began mostly as a dream about the ability to achieve as much as you are able based on your abilities and hard work. But over the years it has morphed into something that’s measured almost completely by material wealth and goals. Owning a home (or at least living in one that you partly own…the bank owns the rest). Having a nice car. Pursuing a successful career (and making lots of money). Having a vacation home. Owning a boat/RV/ATV/motorcycle/jet ski/big screen TV/iPhone/one of everything. These have become the focus of the “American Dream”. It’s no longer about the virtue of rewarding industry and diligence justly. It’s all about having bigger, better, and more stuff.

       And the funny thing is that many of us go through life pursuing this American Dream without consciously examining these goals to see if they’re really ours. Countless people look back on all the effort they expended in buying, using, and chasing stuff and accomplishments with a deep feeling of emptiness and grievous loss. “What was it all for?” “What was my life really about?” “What good did I do?” “What now?” “I wish I had(n’t)…”

       As the late George Carlin once said, “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” (I’m not endorsing everything George Carlin said…) This idea that material prosperity and success will lead to a fulfilling life is ludicrous when closely examined. And it ought to strike a very uncomfortable chord in the hearts of Christians who are fully pursuing God.

       The problem is that we (Christians especially) don’t question it enough. Too many Christians blindly accept the goals of the American Dream as their own and spend their entire lives trying to achieve those goals. Seems like a strange way to live if we don’t want to be conformed to the patterns of this world.

What’s So Wrong about Wanting More, Better, or Nicer Stuff?

       I want to be clear that I am not saying that all Christians must live extremely austere and Spartan lives. There is a place for the “extras” in our lives – the luxuries that we enjoy. There’s nothing inherently wrong in enjoying the beauty of a nice home, the relaxation of a boat ride, or the satisfaction of successful work. But the “American Dream” has become a lifestyle of seeking pleasure in anything and everything you want. It’s all about you.

       But as Christians, we know it’s not about us – or at least we should know this. I don’t think I need to quote any Bible verses to prove my point here. Our purpose in life is not to pursue pleasure above all else and fulfill all our personal wants and desires. Our purpose is to honor and glorify our God – to seek out His will and then to do it.

       In all my discussions about contentment (and I’ve discussed it quite a bit), my point has never been to draw lines about what Christians can conscientiously enjoy and what they should avoid when it comes to material things. I’m not here to tell you that it’s OK to drive a Honda but not a BMW. Someone else can just as easily say you should drive a Tata Nano (very cheap car) but not a Honda. We’re treading dangerous ground when we start to set strict guidelines for other Christians based on our own preferences and arbitrary guidelines. Contentment is not an excuse for self-righteousness.

       The problem with wanting more, better, and nicer stuff and simply fulfilling those desires is that we stop asking ourselves what God’s will is when it comes to those issues. We either ignore His will completely or we assume that our will is God’s will. If we want to lead a life of significance – a better, richer, and fuller life – then we must start seeking God’s true will in everything. Not just in our career path, whom we should marry, or where we should live but in all things – even the day to day spending decisions we make.

       Before you reason that God has blessed you and must obviously want you to enjoy these blessings for yourself, let me ask you this: Is your choice to use God’s blessings for your own wants a result of God’s will for you or your will for God? American Christians are very richly blessed with wealth and material things. But does this mean we should blindly use this wealth to continue lavishing luxury upon luxury on ourselves? Or could it be that God has greatly blessed us so we can give generously to those in need?

Contentment Is Not Laziness Or a Lack of Ambition

       Too many people think of contentment as blind complacency – a “guise for mediocrity” as one detractor recently put it. But such a definition only signifies the person’s ignorance regarding the true nature and meaning of contentment. As I’ve written before, contentment is not complacency. It’s not laziness, apathy, or a lack of ambition. But here’s what contentment really is:

  • Fulfillment – Not from what you own or what you do for a living, but from who you are in Christ.
  • Sufficiency – In Christ, in our eternal life, and in our heavenly riches, but not in the brief, fleeting, and ultimately dissatisfying things of this World.
  • Appreciation – For what we already have, not what we still want.
  • Choice – To fully use what we have, to honestly and purposefully seek out God’s will, to consciously examine our goals and be sure they’re really our own, to use our excess for extreme generosity over self-seeking luxury.

       God’s Word is exceedingly clear that contentment is an excellent virtue for Christians to pursue. We will always struggle to give generously if we cannot learn to find contentment in Christ. And we will pierce ourselves with many sorrows if we do not learn to hold to our faith and let go of our greed. But contentment does not come as an instant change that happens after you accept Christ. It takes time – and sometimes an epiphany. And that is why we must all make a strong and relentless effort to seek godliness and contentment as we walk with Christ. Consider these words from Colossians:

       1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;

Colossians 3:1-5 (WEB)
emphasis mine

       So take time to stop and count the cost. Deny yourself and take up the cross. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Wake up from the American Dream!

       This article is the eighth in a series on how to get out of debt. If you haven’t already, you should check out the previous articles:

Step 8 – Celebrate Milestones

       As you make progress on paying off your debt, you need to celebrate your milestones – give yourself rewards. If you don’t take time to celebrate your progress, you can easily lose your motivation to keep going. While it seems like spending money to celebrate will lengthen your journey to pay off your debt, it’s better to take a longer route than to never get to your destination at all.

       This step is quite simple. First, you choose your milestones. Then, you choose your rewards.

       The milestones you set will depend on your situation. If you don’t have a lot of debt, you may only need a couple milestones. If you’ve got $30,000 in debt, you’ll probably need to set more milestones for your journey. When I paid off $6,000 in credit card debt, I set my own milestones for $1,000, $2,500, $4,000, and $6,000 total debt paid off. Choose your milestones so that they’ll be frequent enough to keep you motivated but not so frequent that they keep you from paying off your debt.

       Be careful in selecting the rewards you attach to each milestone. Choose things that you find worthwhile, but make sure they will reasonably fit within your budget. Save the best reward for your final milestone. Tying your rewards to things you had to give up in your budget can be a good strategy, but you may find that you don’t want or “need” those things as much as before after going without them for a while. Dining out, going to the movie theater, buying a game/CD/DVD or a piece of clothing, or taking a mini-trip are just a few examples of reasonable rewards. But you don’t have to connect your rewards with spending more money. Be creative and narrow in on the things that really make you happy.

       Reaching your final milestone (paying off your debt) may be reward enough itself. The feeling of sending in that last payment is nearly indescribable – especially if you’ve been ruled by your debts for years. But your journey isn’t quite over yet. Just being out of debt doesn’t guarantee you’ll stay out of debt. The last two steps in this series will help you make sure that any future debt is a conscious choice based on good and sound reasons. Make sure you’ve signed up for free updates to Provident Planning so you don’t miss out on these important steps!

       Have you set your milestones? Where did you set them, and what rewards did you choose? Did this help motivate you in your journey to pay off your debts? Let me know in the comments below!

       In the last part of this series, we talked about The World’s message – if we can just get more of what The World can offer us, we’ll be happy and satisfied. God tells us The World’s message is wrong and clearly shows us in the Bible that only His Message is true. Only God can bring us true happiness, satisfaction, and security.

       Today, we’re going to look a little more at why The World’s message is a problem.

It Keeps Us from Serving God

In Luke 16:13-15, Jesus tells us:

       13 “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren’t able to serve God and mammon.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him. 15 He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

Luke 16:13-15 (WEB)

       If we’re focused on The World and the things it offers, effectively we’re serving Money. And Jesus tells us when we are serving Money, we absolutely cannot serve God.

Deep Emotional Attachment by baslow on Flickr       God knows our hearts, and if we value the things of This World above Him then we are detestable in His sight. Putting more faith in the “wisdom” of The World than in God’s Wisdom means that we have demoted God to a lesser status. And we Christians know that the greatest commandment of all is to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind – our entire being. If we place The World’s message above God’s Message, we cannot keep this greatest commandment.

It Cannot Provide an Eternal Reward

       Psalm 49 does a wonderful job of explaining why we shouldn’t believe The World’s message. The wealth of This World cannot save us from death; and once we die (as we all must), we cannot take any of it with us. Slowly read this passage and reflect upon it as you ask God to reveal the lies of The World and teach you His Truth.

   1 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

   Hear this, all you peoples.
   Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
   2 both low and high,
   rich and poor together.
   3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom.
   My heart shall utter understanding.
   4 I will incline my ear to a proverb.
   I will open my riddle on the harp.

   5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
   when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
   6 Those who trust in their wealth,
   and boast in the multitude of their riches -
   7 none of them can by any means redeem his brother,
   nor give God a ransom for him.
   8 For the redemption of their life is costly,
   no payment is ever enough,
   9 That he should live on forever,
   that he should not see corruption.

   10 For he sees that wise men die;
   likewise the fool and the senseless perish,
   and leave their wealth to others.
   11 Their inward thought is that their houses will endure forever,
   and their dwelling places to all generations.
   They name their lands after themselves.
   12 But man, despite his riches, doesn’t endure.
   He is like the animals that perish.
   13 This is the destiny of those who are foolish,
   and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.

   14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol.
   Death shall be their shepherd.
   The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning.
   Their beauty shall decay in Sheol,
   far from their mansion.
   15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
   for he will receive me. Selah.

   16 Don’t be afraid when a man is made rich,
   when the glory of his house is increased.
   17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away.
   His glory shall not descend after him.
   18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul -
   and men praise you when you do well for yourself -
   19 he shall go to the generation of his fathers.
   They shall never see the light.
   20 A man who has riches without understanding,
   is like the animals that perish.

Psalm 49:1-20 (WEB)

Tree and Gravestones by Jim Frazier on Flickr       I especially like the last three verses. How often do we admire the wealthy for their success? Yet despite all their success, if they trust in their wealth they will die just like wild animals. God is the only one who can save us from death, and He can only do that if we give up believing The World’s message and seek His Truth.

       In the next part of this series, we’ll start talking about how we can ignore The World’s message and begin understanding the Truth.

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       The allure of shopping and consumerism has blinded millions of people. Many think more money or more stuff will make them happier. They always have to have the latest model, the newest car, the hottest fashions, or the biggest house they can afford. Advertisements tell us every day that we are missing out if we don’t have the things they’re selling. They bombard us with images of all the things we “need” to make us happy. We’re told that if we’ll just buy this gadget or these clothes we’ll be more popular, get more friends, have an easier life, or just feel better about ourselves.

       We’ve even been taught that our role in society is to be consumers – consumers of stuff. We’re supposed to work hard so we can buy more stuff. The more stuff we have, the happier we’ll be. And if we work hard enough and save up, we’ll get to a point where we don’t have to work any more but we can keep buying stuff. We’ll be able to spend all our time buying stuff or doing things that will really make us happy. Much happier than we were when we were working so hard before…

       This is just one of the many messages from The World that flies smack in the face of The Message that God has been trying to tell us for thousands of years. Jesus speaks directly to those who believe the world’s message in Revelation 3:17-18.

       17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;’ and don’t know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

Revelation 3:17-18 (WEB)

       The World tries to tell us that if we just acquire more wealth & things, then we won’t need anything else – we’ll be satisfied and secure. But the truth is that the more we get the more we’ll want. The World can not offer us any true satisfaction or security. It’s a false hope to think that a bigger bank account will make you happier or more fulfilled. Jesus already knows The World can’t satisfy us, and that we’ll actually be pitiful, poor, blind, and naked if we listen to The World’s message. Only God can provide us with true wealth and open our eyes so we can see the truth.

Something Better

       God has a higher purpose for us than riches far beyond our needs and 6,000 square foot homes. God wants more meaning in our lives than a brand new luxury car in the driveway and a shiny yacht next to the dock. God has a higher calling for our retirement years than fruitless day after fruitless day spent on the golf course, beach, or back porch.

       There’s a major problem with The World’s message – specifically in that it contradicts God’s Message. We’ll talk more about why The World’s message is a problem in the next part of this series.

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       A couple weeks ago, I published a guest post about the value of a mortgage refinance from Lender 411. A reader named Kevin D replied with this comment:

       I am disappointed to see this ad on this site. Sure, a refinance can be great but there is one glaring omission – your debt has now been extended! If I am 10 years into a 30-year mortgage at 7% and refinance at 4.5%, I just reduced my principal payment and extended my loan! Plus, there is hundreds (or thousands) in fees that could be used to pay down principal. It’s sad, people keep moving and refinancing and then find themselves 40 years into home “ownership” with 20 years left on their mortgage. I do not see how being a slave to debt for an extended time is assumed to be “immensely valuable”. Waiting until I have a larger down payment and getting a 15-year mortgage is far more valuable. That way, my money can work for me instead of for the bank.

       Other than this post, this is a great site! Great content.

       I responded to Kevin’s concerns in the comments, but I thought it would be helpful to write up a post on how to determine when it’s smart to refinance your mortgage.

Closing Costs Versus Interest Rate Savings

       One of Kevin’s concerns was about closing costs. You should try everything you can to negotiate lower closing costs including shopping around. But be sure to compare the difference in rates. A no closing cost loan could have a rate that’s high enough to offset your upfront savings over the life of the loan. (On the other hand, this could be a good option if you won’t be keeping your mortgage much longer or if you’re contemplating moving but aren’t sure yet.)

       When it comes to determining whether it’s smart to refinance your mortgage based on the closing costs, all you need to consider is your payback period. How long will it take before your interest savings covers your closing costs? If you’ll keep the mortgage for longer than this time period, it makes sense to refinance.

       Here’s an example. Let’s say you have a mortgage with a current balance of $200,000 (originally $240,000) at 6% and 20 years left (out of 30). For simplicity’s sake, we’ll assume you’re refinancing using a 20 year mortgage with a 4.5% interest rate and $2,000 in closing costs. Your current principal and interest payment would be $1,439/month, but refinancing will bring your payment down to $1,265/month. That means you’re paying $174 less in interest per month. Your payback period is ($2,000/$174) 11.5 months. As long as you’ll be keeping your new mortgage for at least another year, refinancing saved you money in this example.

       If your mortgage situation is more complicated than that (PMI, different terms, etc.), I’d recommend using the mortgage refinance breakeven calculator or the mortgage refinance interest savings calculator at These calculators can handle more complicated situations and give you a better idea for your personal situation. Play around with the variables a bit and be sure to read the help at the bottom of the page if you’re not sure about something.

Consider Your Options When Refinancing

       One of Kevin’s main concerns is extending the length of time you’ll be paying on your house. If you’re 10 years into a 30 year mortgage and you refinance with another 30 year mortgage, you’ll end up paying for your house over a total of 40 years. This isn’t good when you look at the total interest costs. (It would easily add another $60,000 in total payments in the example above.)

       But just because you’re refinancing a 30 year mortgage you don’t have to use another 30 year mortgage. I alluded to this in my example in the previous section, but you can just as easily pick a term that’s similar to whatever you have left at this moment. If you’re 10 years in to a 30 year mortgage, you could choose to refinance with a 20 year mortgage. This nets you the interest savings without extending the total time you’ll be paying for your house.

Extending Your Mortgage Term to Cover the Rough Spots

       If you’ve just hit some financial difficulties, refinancing your mortgage with a longer term than you currently have left can help you decrease your cash outflows. In my earlier refinance example, using a 30 year mortgage instead of a 20 year mortgage would take your new payment down to $1,013/month instead of $1,265/month.

       I’m not saying this is the ideal situation because it will drastically increase your total payments if you take no further action. But it can be a legitimate option – especially if you plan to prepay your mortgage once you get back on your feet. In fact, it can actually set you up to be in a better position in the future simply because you’ll have a lower required payment. If you’re prepaying your mortgage and hit another rough spot, you can just drop back down to the minimum required payment.

Extending Your Mortgage Because You Have Better Investment Options

       Finally, a riskier strategy would be to go ahead and refinance with a longer term so you can lock in a low interest rate. Then, instead of prepaying on your mortgage you invest your extra cash flow in something that will return a higher rate than what you’re paying on the mortgage.

       This isn’t always possible, but with interest rates as low as they are today (easily in the 4-5% range) it can be a smart move. There are no guarantees, but even short term bonds have historically returned a little above 4%. A conservative stock/bond mix has a decent chance of beating such a low mortgage rate. (Disclaimer: Past performance is no guarantee of future results…)

Mortgage Refinancing Can Be Smart If Used Wisely

       My overall point is that we shouldn’t ignore the value of a mortgage refinance simply because people can and do use them in dumb ways. You need to carefully consider your own situation and motives before dismissing a mortgage refinance as a good option for you. I have put up the Lender 411 ad and agreed to let them do a guest post because refinancing your mortgage is an excellent option for many people right now. Lender 411 offers a useful service that’s completely free to consumers and they do it in a user-friendly way.

       Today’s interest rates are ridiculously low – you’d be foolish not to take the time to at least consider refinancing. If you want to shop around for rates, Lender 411 is a good option. But there are plenty of competitors in this business, so don’t feel limited to them.

Your Thoughts

       Are you considering refinancing your mortgage? Do you think my examples were good? Did I miss something? Do you have a question I didn’t address? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know!

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by Katie Tegtmeyer on Flickr - not my sister       My youngest sister will be having a baby soon. We were discussing wills recently, and she wisely brought up the question of how to choose a guardian for your child. I gave her some basic tips in an email, but I thought it would make a good topic for a post. This is an expansion of the advice I gave my sister.

What Is a Legal Guardian? Why Should I Choose One?

       A legal guardian is an adult who is designated to care for your child if both you and your spouse die or become incapacitated. If you don’t choose one, the courts will choose one for you.

       You shouldn’t assume that family will automatically get custody of your child. Unless you have a named guardian in your will, a judge will choose the guardian for your child. While the courts look most favorably upon choosing family members, they are free to pick anyone they choose. If they can’t find someone who is capable and qualified, your child could end up in foster care. If that’s not reason enough to designate a guardian, I don’t know what is.

       It’s also wise to name an alternate guardian in case your first choice is unable or unwilling to accept the responsibility. This can be easily handled in your will.

Choosing the Right Guardian

       The first thing you must realize is that you won’t find a perfect guardian for your child. Your job is to find the best guardian you can – not a perfect one. Start by making a list of all the possibilities. Then discuss each possibility with your spouse. Here are a few factors to consider when narrowing down your list:

  • Do the person’s religious values, beliefs, and parenting style & technique closely match yours?

  • Will the person be able to manage the responsibility of caring for your child? (financially, physically, and emotionally)

  • Is your child comfortable with the person?

  • Does the person have other children? Will your child fit in well with the family?

  • Does the person live close to you, or would your child have to move far away? (changing schools, losing friends, etc. in the process)

Should I Choose a Different Person to Manage My Estate?

       Hopefully, you’ll leave behind an estate that can help cover the costs of raising your child. If you do, you must decide if you want the legal guardian to also be the manager of those funds or if you should pick someone else. Having one person do both keeps things simple and makes it easier for the guardian. However, there are cases where you might want to pick a different person.

       Clearly, if the person you’ve chosen as your child’s legal guardian is not good at managing their own finances, you probably don’t want them to manage your child’s inheritance either. (Although, if this is the case, why would you pick them to be the guardian?!)

       You might also select a different person to be the trustee so you can keep them involved in your child’s life. Your parents could be a good example. They might be too old to raise your child, but by choosing them to be the trustee you can keep them involved in your child’s life without the day-to-day responsibilities.

       In either case, you’ll want to make sure that both the legal guardian and the trustee can work together well. Any complications could make a difficult situation worse.

Get the Person’s OK Before Signing Your Will

       Finally – and this should be obvious – make sure you’ve discussed this with the person you’d like to select as your child’s legal guardian. You don’t want them to be caught by surprise after your funeral. It would be quite foolish to pick someone without discussing it with them first.

       This is also a good way to narrow down your final list. One person may decline the responsibility. Another may be more than happy to take on this role. This makes your choice much easier.

Your Thoughts

       What advice would you give to my sister as she goes through the process of choosing a legal guardian? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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       ”What do you want to do?”

       ”I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

       ”Whatever you want to do…”

       So goes the familiar refrain when my wife and I decide we should do something interesting for the evening or weekend. Unless one of us has a really great idea, we never seem to have a strong enough preference to break free from our normal, predictable activities and try something different. Enter the Boredom Buster™!

The Boredom Buster

What Is It?

       This handy device is the door to inspiration and variety. Simply choose the location (indoors or outdoors) and time requirement (short or long) and draw a slip of paper. Then do whatever is written down. Here are some sample ideas my wife and I came up with one evening on the couch:

Indoor – Short

  • Play a card game
  • Sort through a closet to find Goodwill donations
  • Play some music together
  • Learn five words in a different language
  • Learn a magic trick

Indoor – Long

  • Make soft pretzels & some sauces
  • Paint a picture
  • Watch a movie
  • Create our own mystery dinner (theme, plot, etc.)
  • Make something on

Outdoor – Short

  • Go for a walk
  • Make and fly paper airplanes
  • Learn to juggle
  • Follow an ant
  • Watch the clouds float by

Outdoor – Long

  • Weave a basket
  • Make dorodango balls
  • Start a fire without matches or a lighter
  • Play tennis
  • Go on a hike

       We have many more activities in our Boredom Buster, but this short list can get your juices flowing. As you can see, our categories are quite arbitrary. Some “short” activities could take a long time, and some “outdoor” activies could be done indoors. It’s not important the you get it exactly right. It just helps to keep you from pulling three or four times to find something feasible.

       Want to make your own Boredom Buster? Here’s how:

  1. Find a container. Anything will do.
  2. Divide it into four or five sections if you like. Label them
  3. Write down a list of ideas. Search the Internet for “things to do” if you need some prompts.
  4. Cut up your ideas so they’re on individual slips of paper.
  5. Organize your ideas into categories. Fold up the papers and put them in your jar.

       That’s all there is to it. Just pull out an idea the next time you’re bored or can’t decide what to do.

       Special Tip for Parents: This is a great way to occupy your kids when they complain about being bored. Add some rules to the Boredom Buster like “You must do whatever activity you pull out (if possible).”. Make sure you stick a few chores in the mix!

How Does This Relate to Personal Finance?

       I’ve found that boredom can lead to overspending. At a loss for creative ideas of things to do, we tend to think of activities we have to pay for. Most of those activities require some driving (meaning more money). And the funny thing is that we don’t feel any more satisfied or fulfilled after doing something like that than we do when we pull something from the Boredom Buster that doesn’t cost anything or is very cheap.

       Most of the ideas in our Boredom Buster are frugal activities (or can be with some creativity). This means we can find something interesting to do without resorting to the common movie, dining out, or recreational activity (bowling, mini golf, sports events, etc.). Some of the ideas we have in our Boredom Buster cost money but not nearly as much as the traditional choices. Using this technique saves us money over time and expands our minds/skillset/creativity/etc. I figure if it works for us, it can work for you!

Your Thoughts

       What do you think of this idea? How do you handle those “I’m bored” moments? What would you put in your Boredom Buster? Share your thoughts in the comments!