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Preparing for Retirement

  What are the two best ways to prepare for retirement? Hopefully you guessed saving as one way. And the other is to adjust your standard of living now. Think about this … if you save 10% of your income and pay around 8% for Social Security and Medicare every year, you’ll already be used to […]

Planning a Funeral

  Do you know how much money the average funeral costs? I just read that the average cost for a funeral in America is between $8,000 and $10,000. We will all face the loss of loved ones and along with that comes financial implications. Since making funeral preparations will be a difficult and emotional time, […]

Drive a Used Car

  Jeff Foxworthy says if you own a home that is mobile – and 14 cars that aren’t – you might be a Redneck. Redneck or not, if you’re in the car market, you’ve probably seen some great incentives to buy used or new. But the fact is that new cars depreciate about 20% the moment […]

Saving for Retirement

What does the Bible say about saving for retirement?   Should we store up crazy amounts of money or refuse to plan ahead at all? Neither of these is God’s way. The Bible encourages us to save and plan ahead – like the ant who works hard and stores up at all times.. But we […]

Investing to Further the Kingdom

  Should Christians have investments?  Yes, absolutely! God expects multiplication, not just maintenance. Investing furthers God’s work. The more you have, the more you can give. It also helps us provide for our families and plan for future needs.  There are also unbiblical reasons to invest, like greed, pride, and envy – so pray about […]

Prepared for Financial Stress in College

  Is your student prepared for the financial stress of college? College is often the first time young people are in control of the majority of their finances. And, many are unprepared. Here’s how you can help. Start by creating a reasonable budget together. Emphasize the dangers of credit cards and how using cash reduces […]

An Emergency Savings Fund

How has your summer been so far? Everything going according to plan? Well, if your summer is going anything like mine, you may have a kid with a broken foot, and a bunch of trees down on your power lines! The truth is, life rarely goes according to our plan. Which is why having a […]

Patience Pays Off

  One big financial lesson I’ve learned is that it pays to be patient. Don’t you hate having to wait?! We are all used to instant gratification, but patience and consistency, rather than quick decisions and instant success, are the ways to financial security. Instead of buying impulsively or withdrawing savings based on fear, wait. Pray […]

Choosing a College Major

  Artist, John Ruskin once said, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” Choosing a college major can be an overwhelming and frustrating process for students… Universities have seen a rise in the number of times a student will change majors, trying to find something they are passionate about. Every degree change increases […]

Knowing Your Child’s Design

    Did you know that understanding that your child’s design can actually save you money? Many college freshmen select majors that don’t match their interests. And, if they decide to change their majors it costs extra time and money! Students can feel pressured to select a major before they even know what they want […]