5 for Friday (July 1, 2022)


What restaurants are still allowing kids to eat for free? How can we regain the lost art of haggling? And are you expecting too little from God?


These questions and more are answered in this week’s 5 for Friday.


1.4 Things You Can Do to Make Sound Financial Decisions in Financially Lean Times by Christian Stewardship Network


Higher gas prices and food costs are narrowing our financial margin. These are lean financial times for many of us. When financial stress and anxiety increase, people often do not think clearly and make rash, regretful financial decisions. This article considers four ways you can avoid this common scenario.


2. Talking Down the Price by Rob West and Jim Henry


The art of haggling seems to have been lost. In many places, haggling is still accepted but rarely used. The result—significant dollars unnecessarily paid for a product or service. Rediscover the art of haggling. This article walks you through how to talk down the price of your next purchase.


3. Kids Can Still Eat for Free at These Restaurants by Jonathan van Halem


Do you remember “Kids Eat Free” nights at your favorite casual dining restaurant? Sure, we all do. Parents on a budget are asking, “Where did they go?” Fortunately, they are not completely extinct. This article reveals some restaurants that still allow your children to eat for free.


4. Expect Great Things of God, and Leave the Results to Him by Randy Alcorn


Do you expect to little from God? In this article, Randy Alcorn discusses how we are sometimes too pessimistic about what God can accomplish. He writes, “We can’t raise the bar of faith too high as long as the object of our faith is God, who always knows better than we do.” Does this mean God will give us everything we want? No. But He may give us something even better, something spiritual and character-forming.


5. How to Deal With Inflation and Rising Costs by Melody Stampley


Ready or not, your budget is experiencing changes. Your dollars aren’t going as far as it used to. They do not buy as much gas and milk as they did last year. In this article, Stampley looks at how consumers can deal with these rising costs.