Category: Finances

6 Things You Don’t Need to Upgrade

It seems we’re in a time where everything is in constant change and improvement. It’s not “good” just to sit idle. We’re bombarded with the constant upgrade packages and the latest and newest this or that. If you’re in a job more than three to five years now, you’re viewed as a slug (who’s not …

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5 Things Growing up on a Farm Taught Me About Finances

In my youth, I had the lucky chance to be raised on a farm in Iowa. Growing up I thought a lot differently and hated going out to do chores, shoveling pig manure, or walking beans. At the time it felt pointless, and I felt like free labor to my dad, Grandpa, and uncle. Without …

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What Happened to Treats?

A couple times a month, my parents held a “popcorn party” night where my brother and I would get to watch a movie on the brand-new VHS player, eat homemade popcorn and indulge in our favorite beverage: RC Cola. I remember those nights fondly and was grateful for the times we got to “have fun” …

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One Is Better Than Two

Two is better than one, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. And he’s right. But the best advice my wife and I received as newlyweds in regards to marriage and money was the opposite – a budget based on one income is better than two. The guidance was simple: create a budget as if only …

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Can Kids Invest in Stocks or Mutual Funds?

At 13 years old I asked my parents if I could start investing money in the stock market through a mutual fund. I’d saved about $1500 from starting my own hog selling business, and through working in the fields during the summer. My small nest egg was the result of 4-5 years of hard work, …

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How to Make Extra Money as a School Teacher

I am always interested to hear about new ways folks are finding to make extra money online today. Add to that list: teacher lesson plans. I found this story on Huff Post – about a elementary school teacher who found an online community where she could sell her teaching plans to other teachers. The site …

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10 Principles for Handling Money in Marriage

Some alarming statistics I came across recently got me thinking about how handling finances well within a marriage is so important. For example, according to Dr.Phil.com, money is the number one problem in marriages and the number one cause of divorce. Jeffrey Dew’s paper titled Bank on it: Thrifty Couples are the Happiest, claims that …

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Money Management Tips for College Freshmen

The following article is a guest post from my college freshman brother, Ryan. He provides some great insight into how to manage your money on your own during your college years. When I was ready to start my freshman year of college this year, there were so many things that I was worried about. Where …

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