April 2010

COBRA Insurance: Premium Subsidy Period Extended!


What the COBRA Insurance Extension Means to You The Recovery Act established an employer-provided health insurance continuation subsidy for workers who involuntarily lost their jobs between Sept. 1, 2008, and March 31, 2010. That continuation coverage is known as COBRA Insurance. COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, which enacted health benefit provisions in 1986. What Does COBRA […]

Should Christians Take a Vow of Poverty?

Personal Finance
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Last week I wrote a couple posts on tithing that received some great comments. The first post on tithing set the stage for the second one, which really looked at How Much Should Christians Give? I won’t rehash it all, I suggest you read it, but basically the point we came up with was this: […]

Tips on Credit Card Balance Transfers

Credit Cards

Do Credit Card Balance Transfers Make Sense for You? Do you own several credit cards from different providers? Do these cards have high interest rates and are you carrying loads of debt? If you answered yes then more likely than not you are having a hard time trying to juggle payments and organize a solid payback plan. […]

Enjoy Your Money! Book Review

Book Reviews

Enjoy Your Money!  How to Make It, Save  It, Invest It and Give It by J. Steve Miller April is Financial Literacy Month and graduation season will soon be in full swing. If you’re looking for gifts for grads that will be a valuable resource for them for years to come then you  may want […]

This Week in Personal Finance – April 24, 2010

Personal Finance

Another week in the books. It’s hard to believe that we are heading into the last week of April and May is sneaking up quickly! I got my grill set up last weekend and had my first meal of the season – Smothered Grilled Chicken with Asparugus and Sweet Potato Wedges! It was de-lish! Maybe […]

5 Things Dora the Explorer Teaches Us About Personal Financial Planning

Personal Finance

Ok, so I’m about to alienate all readers who don’t have kids right now – but hang tight for a second! If you stick with me here, I think you’ll find some valuable lessons in personal financial planning. We can all use some guidance when it comes to personal finances and getting a handle on our money. […]

What to Do When You Owe IRS Back Taxes

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If you missed the tax deadline and have tax returns that have not been filed, it is imperative you address the situation immediately to avoid continued problems with the Internal Revenue Service. While the reasons for not filing taxes are certainly important, at this stage of the game your focus should be on how you […]

Tithing – How Much Should a Christian Give? Part 2

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Yesterday we set the stage for the topic of tithing and Christian giving. Today we want to delve a little further into giving and try to answer this question, “How much should I give?”. We are going to take a bit of a journey to get there, but that’s where we’ll end up. This post […]

Tithing – How Much Should a Christian Give? Part 1

True Wealth

Recently, Lakita from Personal Finance Journey had a great post asking the question if we should tithe off of our income tax refund.   There were some great comments on this post and led to a good discussion of giving in general. Another good post on giving in the last couple of weeks was from Free Money […]

This Week in Personal Finance – April 16, 2010


Another week in the books!  Every time I write one of these posts I just can’t but think how fast the time flies! It seems like yesterday I was writing last week’s round up post! Anyways, it’s been a gorgeous week with the weather in my neck of the woods!  Upper 70’s, low 80’s is […]

What is a 529 College Savings Plan?

College Savings

So you’ve probably heard of the 529 College Savings Plan, but what exactly is it and how does it work? That’s what we want to answer today.  Surprisingly, 529 College Savings Plans have been available since 1996 with the Small Business Job Protection Act. The 529 plans were then refined in 1997, 2001 and again in […]

What Is Your Credit Card Payoff?


Credit Card Payoff Calculator Have you ever wondered what your credit card payoff would be? In other words, how long will it take at your current rate and payment to payoff credit card debt!? Some of us probably don’t want to know because we don’t want to get depressed. But it’s actually a good idea […]