Sharing the Journey

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Are you facing a challenging situation? Are you trying to accomplish a difficult goal? […]

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Moving Toward a More Secure Financial Life

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and with the growing problem of identity theft, much advice has been given about securing our financial records. Most of it goes something like this: Back up all of your most important computer-based financial files on DVDs and send them to a trusted out-of-state relative, make a video recording […]

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Removing that Lemony Old Car Smell

Used car buyers often struggle to balance the benefits of saving money with the risk of buying a lemon. To lessen the risk, a growing number of dealers are certifying their used cars. According to an article in the 6/11 _Chicago Tribune_, half of all used cars sold today carry the certification stamp—up from one […]

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When Cake and Ice Cream Just Won’t Do

A recent birthday bash for a five-year-old California girl included professional catering, 150 guests, ponies, and a magician. The tab? $6,000. According to a recent _MSN.com_ story, it’s a growing trend, with parents trucking in fake snow for an afternoon of front yard sledding, spending months planning Harry Potter-themed parties, or hiring horse-drawn Cinderella carriages. […]

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Another Voice in the Retirement Warnings Wilderness

While there’s no shortage of studies and warnings about our lack of retirement preparedness, now there’s another. As reported in the _Wall Street Journal_ on 6/6, new analysis from the indicates that nearly half of all working-age families may not be able to maintain their current standard of living in retirement. The Center pointed to […]

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Avoiding Retirement Killers

There are all sorts of ways to sabotage a retirement. Not saving enough is certainly at the top of the list. But the _Motley Fool_ posted several others on 5/26. Among them: Cashing in your 401(k) plan when switching jobs (an astounding 45% of job switchers do so) and not knowing how much to save […]

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Love is Priceless, but Not the Wedding

When the Beatles sang, “Can’t buy me love,” perhaps they hadn’t considered the cost of a wedding. According to a story in _Kiplinger’s_ May issue, the average wedding now totals nearly $28,000. The story also noted that today just 30% of brides’ parents pay for their entire wedding. To save money, the article suggested holding […]

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Scarier than Public Speaking

You’ve probably heard that most people fear speaking in public even more than death. Well, _Money_ magazine reports that paying for college is what parents of school age children fear the most. To help alleviate that fear, the article recommends one relatively painless action step. Open accounts with Upromise (http://www.upromise.com/) and/or Littlegrad (http://www.littlegrad.com/). Both put […]

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Money: Let’s Just Be Friends

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
 – 1 Timothy 6:10 This may be the single most misquoted verse in the entire bible. Many people think it says, “Money is the root of […]

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