Still think the lottery is a good idea?

The lottery is not only a bad idea from a statistical standpoint; it goes against some fundamental biblical principles regarding money. First of all, we have to understand that God owns everything and we are merely MANAGERS of His stuff.  (By the way, did you know the Bible talks more about money and possessions than prayer?  So,…


Read now before filing: Top 5 tax mistakes that cost you

There are only a few weeks left to file taxes and many of us are worried about making mistakes when filing. A miscalculation here, a forgotten signature there and BAM! It could delay your refund, cost you a penalty or result in paying the government more than your fair share. Don’t let that happen to you. Take time now to avoid these…


Maximizing your federal tax refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. One of the most common questions is how to maximize your federal tax refund. Below, we’ve outlined one possible…


Don’t let money fights TKO your marriage

As I contemplated hiding my new, had-to-have riding boots from my husband (until the time was “right” to tell him about my mini-shopping-spree), I had second thoughts. While there were times we didn’t see eye-to-eye about money, experience taught us that if we avoided the issue, it only made things worse. I recently learned…


Moms: What are you worth?

Attention stay-at-home moms (or dads): If you’re earning a six-figure salary, please raise your hand. Anyone …?… You might ask, “How do you place a value on being a mom and the ‘super-powers’ that come with the job?” Like healing a skinned knee with a kiss and a cookie. Or creating a parallel universe to watch a soccer game


Don’t strive to be average

Handling your money like a typical American is terrible plan.  Here’s why.  The typical American is flat broke!… Fellow debt-hating guru and financial coach Jon White (@JWFinCoaching) wrote a blog called “Don’t be average”.  In it, he rattles off a number of disappointing statistics about the average American. 


Target offering free credit monitoring for a year

If you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, some of your information was taken. That included credit/debit card numbers, names, mailing addresses, email addresses or phone numbers. Target has a site for answers to most of your questions regarding this incident. But many experts are encouraging you to continue to monitor…



5 financial do’s and don’ts for the new year

With a new year comes a new season of your financial life. 2013 was a great year for some, with the stock market posting record numbers multiple times. Dave Szafranski is the President of Edgewater Investment Group in Avon, Ohio and a follower of Christ. He says that if you didn’t take risks in 2013, you missed out. He also adds…


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