May 2009

Simplify Your Life – Lifestyle Liquidation


How far would you go to get rid of your debt? Would you sell your stuffed baboon? Take a look at one couple’s desperation attempt to pay off their liabilities. What saddened me after watching this video was imagining the sacrifices this couple may have made to acquire their possessions. The fleeting happiness they received […]

Having a Say About Pay

Personal Finance

The Chicago Tribune had a good article in this past weekend’s Business section discussing the topic of shareholders voting on executive compensation levels.  I think this raises an interesting debate and one that will be gaining in popularity as we continue seeing the fallout from this financial crisis.  At the center of the debate is the idea that […]

Total Confidence?

Personal Finance

Does anyone else find this highly ironic?  Many of these GM dealerships are still proudly displaying their Total Confidence banners while the company itself heads down the proverbial road that ends with only one option.   I understand and appreciate that the tagline relates to their protection plan to help those who lose their job during the recession, but […]

6 Steps to Paying Off Your Credit Card Debt

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Practical Advice to Pay Off Credit Card Debt According to, the average American household credit card debt is surveyed to be at $8,329. Even if you are not one of the average ones you probably know the devastating affects debt can have on you and your family. If you are burdened by credit card […]

A Generous Follow Up

True Wealth

In my devotions this morning, I came across Proverbs 19:17, which I thought was a great follow up to my earlier post about Killing Generosity. The verse says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” As with anything we do, we should view our […]

Killing Generosity

Credit Cards

Recently I was listening to a sermon by Matt Chandler, lead pastor at The Village Church in Texas. He was talking about God’s heart and passion for the poor, orphaned, weak and challenged and what our response should be towards them. Chandler was challenging his church to be generous towards people whom God has such […]

What Is Income Protection Insurance (Disability Insurance)


What is Income Protection Insurance a.k.a. Disability Income Insurance May is National Disability Awareness Month.  My guess is you didn’t even know there was such a thing.  To be honest, I didn’t either until a few weeks ago.  It seems like everything is getting its own awareness month these days doesn’t it? I thought this would […]

Social Security Worsens

Retirement Planning

More reasons you need a plan for retirement.

Rags to Riches

True Wealth

If you are like me, you like a good,  old fashioned rags to riches story.  I love to root for the underdog and hear a powerful tale about rising above the odds and experiencing victory.  The basic plot of every movie or story like this involves someone who was dealt a tough hand, fought against […]

Don’t Waste This Recession!

True Wealth
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We have now been in this most recent recession for over 16 months. For many of us, this has been a tough road to walk down. Jobs have been lost, income reduced and lifestyles rearranged. I have experienced this first hand, both personally and in many of my clients lives. But could this recession be […]