March 2013

Here are some great articles from other Christian personal finance blogs I follow. Check out these articles covering debt lessons, online broker rankings, thrift store shopping, work efficiency, saving on prescriptions, Medi-Share Christian health insurance alternative, and home projects to save money. 4 debt lessons from the blind side, from One Money Design Barron’s releases […]

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The book “#Occupy the Bible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power,” by Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, Astor+Blue Editions publisher, caught my attention while strolling through my local library. I was especially compelled to check it out, since I am interested in expanding my understanding of what the Bible says about money, in particular […]

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Men’s razor blades can be very expensive, easily costing $15 to $35 for a package of replacement cartridge blades. However, I may have found a couple of cheaper solutions: one is an online service called Dollar Shave Club (DSC). I cringe every time a single item at the grocery store costs $15 or more, so I […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is from Mark. Jesus died with few possessions, yet he traded what he had for our great gain. Jesus was crucified naked (Matthew 27: 35): When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (also Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:23-24) Jesus was […]

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Here’s the most important financial data that you need to know to be fairly well informed. Each Friday evening I post the weekending scorecard of data for 8 financial markets and 10 economic indicators. As of 3/15/2013: FINANCIALS: The US stock market continues to do well, while other indicators show early signs of inflation. Another Recession Coming?*  […]

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Here are some great articles from various personal finance blogs I follow, from insurance to good coffee makers, and from cheap nutrition to entrepreneurial success. 7 Inexpensive Powerhouse Foods to Add to Your Diet for National Nutrition Month, from PT Money Why Frugality Matters, from the Simple Dollar Insurance: An easier way to comparison shop, […]

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Perseverance is key in personal finances, but sometimes it’s hard to do, when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. A few people sent me these emails about how the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Class has helped them. I am posting them to be an encouragement to you: whether you’re […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is from Luke 4:16-21 and 16:19-25. Jesus is proclaiming good news for the poor, and is warning the rich. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, […]

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Obviously your opinions on money and possessions affect the lifestyle you choose to live: all the things you buy, the amount of money you borrow, the car you drive, the clothes you wear, and how much you save and invest. More than that… Your understanding and view of money and possessions affects career and marriage […]

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Is buying extended warranties a good idea? Sometimes they are called buyer protection plans too. The general consensus from almost all financial planners, writers and personal finance personalities like Dave Ramsey and Susan Orman is that they are a rip-off. Most products come with some sort of warranty, and that is a good thing to compare […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is about Jesus telling us to pray so that we don’t fall into temptation (Mark 14:38), and Jesus’ forgiving sins (Mark 2:1-5). This article applies these verses to our finances. One of the last things Jesus taught his Apostles before his crucifixion was to “Watch and pray […]

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Hedonism isn’t a word we use very often. If loosely defined it means happiness achieved through feeling pleasure. Many psychologists say that one of the greatest barriers to happiness is ‘hedonic adaptation.’ When you are getting ready to buy something, you anticipate the pleasure it will bring. However, after you own it for a short […]

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Gambling has been more in the news it seems over the last few years, with mega-lotteries, more states legalizing casinos, and ex-mayor of San Diego, Maureen O’Connor, losing over a billion dollars playing video poker. In this era of a rapidly growing gambling industry, we are going to see more stories in the news like this, and […]

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In this article I will answer these important cash flow planning questions: Why don’t people budget? Why should people want to budget? What will happen if they do? How to get started easily? Why don’t people budget? It is because you (don’t fear, we have tips below to help you overcome your resistance): Don’t want to: You know it […]

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Does your mail box fill up with offers from credit card companies? Sometimes they will mail you checks and pre-approved credit cards. It is annoying, and its also a waste of time to go through them. You must also shred them to be sure no one steals your identity. Those of you with an ecology or stewardship […]

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And you thought March Madness was only about basketball! March is a mad month for money, particularly this March, because the month is full of extra money but also of extra challenges–more than most months. Jon White tweeted last week about #2 below and it got me thinking. Thank you, Jon, financial coach and blogger […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is about getting Jesus to look at the things we build, and to win approval, in Mark 13:1-2. At first glance I skipped over these verses, since I didn’t think they had a lot of application to money and possessions. However, looking a little closer, I discovered […]

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Have you ever bought a product but later discovered it was a piece of junk? Trevor Moore is a comedian that demonstrates how gullible some consumers are. He hocks awful products that he creates that don’t work. His brand Winnovations comes up with all kinds of ridiculous products that people believe in. For example he […]

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There are many great personal finance blogs that publish articles on a vast array of subjects. Check out some of these really informative recent blog posts: Should you trade in or sell your car? From One Money Design 4 Investment alternatives to equities, from Money Smart Life What you should or shouldn’t buy at drug […]

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