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Cut up to 20% from your annual budget by next week

 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman

You know how the first week of a new diet goes, right?

After five days of exercise and nutrition, those first couple pounds just melt away.

It's the same thing with saving money.

If you've never tried it before, you won't believe how fast you can see big results.

If you've got two hours, you can save your ministry a ton of money.

I don't believe in counting pennies and I don't cut coupons to save a few bucks on chips and soda.

Instead, I focus on a few big wins, things that I can do simply and quickly to save our ministry hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

That way, I can save the ministry money without spending my time and money worrying about it. That means more time for students, and that's why I got into this in the first place.

Managing ministry money is important, but if it takes all your energy, you're missing the point.

Get started today.

Start from the top of this list and work your way down. You can complete the instructions in each of these posts in anywhere from 1-3 hours. When you do that, you'll have trimmed a few hundred dollars from your budget.

Most of us know that we can tax-exempt our purchases, but it's not always convenient to do so. Depending on your state, that might represent as much as 7% of your budget.

Have you ever gotten stuck ordering more of something than you needed? How about paying a deposit for 50 students and then having only 20 show up? Here's how to make sure that never happens again.

You might be getting a deal from the local pizza joint, but I'll bet you can get a better one. Here's how.

Shopping online is convenient, but it's costing you money. Get someone on the phone and ask these questions to unlock a bunch of discounts.

You know what's even better than getting something cheaper? Getting it free. Here are a few of the best ways to help your ministry win a corporate donation.

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