January 2011

Are You Chasing the American Dream? Maybe It’s Time You Stop!

True Wealth
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The American Dream represents everything we could ever want or ask for in this life, right? Not so fast!  It’s not that the American Dream is bad – in fact, who wouldn’t want material success and prosperity. We all do, to a degree. But there’s a big irony about the American Dream – most folks mortgage […]

Are You a Thief in Your Own Church?

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We think we’re pretty good people for the most part, don’t we? After all, we haven’t killed anyone; we don’t lie – at least not to purposely hurt someone; and we certainly wouldn’t steal anything.  OK, maybe once – when we were little (you remember that pack of gum from the grocery store?). Perhaps a closer […]

Planning to Retire? Avoid Living in These States!

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If you’re getting ready to retire and thinking about where to live, you may want to think twice about which state you choose. Last month, TopRetirements.com ran an article posted by John Brady detailing the worst states to live in for retirees.  Their weighting system included taking a look at fiscal health, taxation, and climate. So […]

Student Health Insurance Options

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The need for proper health insurance doesn’t end when you go away to college. When you move away from home you begin to step away from your comfort zone and may actually take chances you normally wouldn’t. Tragedy can strike anywhere at any time and affect anyone, and now that you’re grown, it’s time to […]

10 Things Christians Must Do With Their Money

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Let’s face it.  If you live in America, you are rich. Sure, there are exceptions like those who can’t afford food or shelter, but generally speaking, if you compare yourself to others around the world, you are filthy rich. American Christians are among the wealthiest believers to have ever lived! There’s nothing wrong with being rich, but […]

How to Invest Successfully Like Warren Buffett

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The investing principle known as “invest in what you know” was made popular by investing giant, Peter Lynch. His idea was that even if you are not a professional investor, or someone trained in finance, you can still make wise choices in the stock market. The way that you overcome this lack of training is […]

5 Common Misconceptions About Renter’s Insurance

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Imagine if you lost all of your personal belongings to a catastrophe such as a burglary, fire, hurricane, or other natural disaster?  Replacing  just what is necessary would put a huge dent in your finances. Even more so, such a loss can be an extremely stressful time in your life. When we suffer a hardship like […]

How to Gain Your Financial Freedom

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When trying to attain financial freedom, we are usually advised to closely examine our budget and find ways to cut expenses. This is great advice, considering that the average American has serious holes in their household finances. Unfortunately, most of the common advice stops right there, ignoring the option to make extra money and increase […]

Why Marriage Really Isn’t Obsolete

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The Pew Research Center recently released a new study that details some interesting and potentially alarming facts. The survey, performed in association with Time, found that among the 2,691 Americans polled, nearly four in 10 believe marriage is becoming obsolete. Notwithstanding the obvious ethical and spiritual value of marriage, the union of man and wife […]

4 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

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Most of us know that saving money is, ultimately, a good thing. When the economy began to tank, we heard much about our low (and sometimes negative) savings rate. Even with all of the discussions and warnings about saving money, it can be extremely difficult to put it into practice. Well, here are four easy […]

A Look Back And a Gaze Ahead

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It really is hard to believe that 2010 is over.  Seriously, where has the time gone? Now that I have a three and a half year old and a soon-to-be two year old, I find that time gets spent faster and faster. I always love this time of year.  I enjoy looking back over the […]