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Changing Our Money Ways

With our tough economy leading people to eat out less often, switch from SUVs to gas sippers, and generally spend less, an MSN columnist recently wondered what would happen if we all suddenly got and stayed money-smart? That is, what if we paid our credit cards in full each month (46 percent of households carry […]

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The Debt Fix

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 For the last couple of months we’ve been going over a step-by-step plan for getting out of debt and staying out of debt forever.  If you have debt, you probably didn’t get into it overnight.  Getting out of debt won’t be an […]

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A Mysterious, Maddening Law of Economics

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “insidious and unforgiving Law of Household Economics.” Don’t remember this one from Econ 101? It goes like this: “For every financial windfall that comes into your home, there will be an equal, unexpected household cost.” The article’s author recited several first-hand experiences, such as the garage sale […]

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Too Few Playing the Savings Game

Just 28 percent of all Americans say they save at least 10 percent of their income. That’s one of the findings from a new survey by the American Savings Education Council. What percentage of your monthly gross income do you save each month? For most people, 10 percent should be the absolute minimum. Do you […]

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“The Best of Things”

“Be joyful in hope.” –Romans 12:12a In the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, prisoner Andy Dufresne demonstrates the power of hope.  Wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife, his hope that the truth would one day come out sustains him. When the truth finally does come out, but a corrupt warden refuses to acknowledge it, Andy […]

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