Like many other young families, Cliff and Aimee Doughty, and their 3-year-old son, Benjamin, enjoyed the fruit of their labors with frequent meals out and basket-bulging trips to Wal-Mart.
TIOGA – Like many other young families, Cliff and Aimee Doughty, and
their 3-year-old son, Benjamin, enjoyed the fruit of their labors with
frequent meals out and basket-bulging trips to Wal-Mart.
Now they’re doing less, and enjoying it more.
“You could look back at the end of the month, and you couldn’t pinpoint
anything you’ve got in excess, even though you may have had a little
extra to spend,” said Cliff Doughty, a biomedical technician. “That
aggravates you after awhile.”
Members of Faith Tioga, the Doughtys recently graduated from Financial
Peace University, a 13-week course they took at the church where Clark
Palmer is pastor.
“I feel we have a much tighter grasp on our money and where it goes,”
Cliff Doughty said. “There’s not too much in the ways of lost moneys
around this house any more. That makes you feel so much better.”
The Doughtys learned to allocate their money to make the best use of
it. For example, they could eat out as much as they wanted, or they
could put money into their son’s college fund, explained Aimee Doughty,
who works two days a week as an occupational therapist.
“Probably the biggest thing we’ve learned is that very often your
money spends you,” Aimee Doughty said. “We have learned to account for
just about every single dollar that we make. We have learned to
not let it slip through our fingers.”
The Doughtys tithe, and give in addition to their tithe.
“You have to consider giving as a very important component of
your income,” Aimee Doughty said. “We tithe primarily out of
thankfulness in our heart for the goodness of God, but also to support
what the money is being used for – missions, the pastor’s salary,
upkeep of the church and what you’re doing through the church in the
community. We feel that if we’re not tithing and supporting the church
in that way, we’re falling short of spreading the message of Christ.”
Financial Peace University is a biblically-based course, she said. One
of the earlier scriptures – Proverbs 27:23 Be diligent to know the
state of your flocks and attend to your herds – struck her so strongly
that she wrote it on a sticky note and pasted it on the cover of her
budget folder; it’s still there.
“We feel like we’re being wiser stewards of our money now,” Cliff
Doughty said. “We feel like we’re doing a better job of ‘watching over