March 2011

What Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us About Giving to the Poor (Part 2)

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A couple weeks ago we started looking at the teaching of Jonathan Edwards on money and giving to the poor.  In part 1 we saw Edwards’ challenge to think more deeply about the poor and how our giving could be done more: Generously Cheerfully, and Dutifully For a man who lived nearly three centuries ago, he offers some great insight […]

4 Ways The Rich Reduce Their Taxes (And How You Can Too!)

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For as long as I can remember, people in the so-called middle and lower classes (as far as income is concerned) have always felt that the “rich” have far too many tax breaks. They point toward those wealthy individuals who are able to retain a significant portion of their income through various income tax deductions […]

Being Thrifty Without Letting Go of Extravagance

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What words describe God and his economy? Big spender. High roller. Spendthrift. These certainly aren’t words we would choose to describe God. Cheapskate. Penny-pincher. Tightwad. None of these words would seem to fit either. So what words would describe God and his economy? One way to find out would be to look at nature. After […]

How Young Professionals Working Abroad Can Live Frugally

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Usually, working abroad in foreign countries brings great rewards for both your career and your finances. However, extravagant, extraneous spending can nullify the financial gains stemming from earning an expatriate salary. Furthermore, due to the worldwide recession, salaries for working abroad are declining. More companies are starting to structure compensation packages to resemble the pay rates […]

5 Simple Ways To Save Money On Insurance

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There are a number of ways to save money on insurance rates. This list grows even more when you consider the specific ways to save on various types of insurance (auto, health, home, life, etc). Today, we will take a look at 5 general ways that you can save money on insurance coverage. 1. Shop […]

What Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us About Giving to the Poor (Part 1)

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Jonathan Edwards is perhaps the greatest American preacher to have ever lived.  It’s hard to find someone more often quoted, referenced, and revered in American church history than Edwards. Most famous for his, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” sermon, Edwards had a deep compassion for the poor. Though he lived nearly 300 […]

Why We Should Abolish The Penny And Save Billions

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When I was a kid, I always wondered why we needed pennies. They are not as nice looking at the other coins, they usually get dirty quickly, and they fool you into thinking you have a dime when you feel them in your pocket! But now that I am an adult, I have a new […]

Should You Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

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Everyone wants to see their loved ones protected, happy, healthy, and safe.  In our society that frequently calls for adequate insurance coverage, because you never know when something bad might happen. Home, health, auto, life, personal property…the list of possible insurance policies you may have to carry goes on and on. In order to ensure […]

The #1 Money Myth You (Probably) Fall For – And How to Overcome It

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Money myths are all around us. From “Smart people are wealthier” to “Giving money away will hinder you financially” to “Buy term and invest the rest“.  Money myths have a way of making their way into society and becoming socially accepted beliefs without an understanding of the truth. But there is one money myth that […]

These 5 Commonly-Missed Tax Deductions Could Be Costing You Money

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Almost everyone complains about paying taxes, wouldn’t you agree?. In fact, many people go to great (sometimes) illegal lengths to avoid paying them. However, the IRS estimates that millions of taxpayers fail to claim these overlooked tax deductions, thereby overpaying their taxes each year! Here is a list of a few of the more common tax […]

Best of Money Carnival #93 – My Spring Fever Won’t Break Edition

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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of Winter this year!  I live in the Chicago-land area, and we’ve been bombarded with snow since December. Last month alone, we came close to setting the all-time record for February snow-fall with 26.2 inches!  I have never been more ready for Spring to spring! I’m looking […]

Radical Generosity in a Sea of Stinginess

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I’ve talked a lot about generosity on this site.  It’s kind of a “pet” topic of mine simply because I believe it should be a hallmark trait of Christians around the globe. I’m sure many of us would tend to think we are generous people.  After all, we tip 20% at restaurants, give money regularly […]