How to Teach Kids About Saving Money

For parents, the greatest responsibility (besides leading them to Christ) we have is showing our kids how to manage their money. With how much our world is centered around money, and the trials and tribulations that are associated with money, we owe it to our kids to teach them for 18 years of their life …

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Visible Mobile Review – More Cell Service For Less

One thing is visibly clear to me. When it comes to cell phone providers, there are now plenty out there to fit any need or want. And now, enter Visible: a low(er)-cost, unlimited talk, text and data, cell service running on the Verizon 4G LTE network. Who is Visible? Visible is a subsidiary of Verizon …

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Would Knowing Everyone’s Salaries Demotivate You?

There’s been a lot more talk about the “need” to openly share ones salary with the world. This is particularly coming from the more liberal leaning folks, suggesting that knowing what others are paid will lead to more equal pay for equal work (among other things). But is it truly the right thing to do? …

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How I Quickly Settled an Unresolved Consumer Complaint

A couple years ago, my wife went down to attend a family member’s wedding. She rented a vehicle from a company that we’ll affectionately refer to as “Not-Thrifty Rental” for the duration of this post (or NTR for short).   After the trip was over and I was going through some of the expenses, I …

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How Netflix Has Changed American’s Finances

I love Netflix, like the next guy. But, I think it’s helped change our personal finance habits – for the worse. But Netflix isn’t the only culprit. Many software companies have turned to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, where customers are required to pay a monthly subscription to “rent” their programs. In the …

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Interview With Joshua Becker on Minimalism

The following was first published several years ago, but thought we would combine the two interviews that took place with Charlie and Joshua on minimalism. Enjoy. Last week our church had a speaker come in for a Tuesday night special on “Doubling Your Impact.” I got word from one of our friends that the speaker …

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Why Do You Do That With Your Finances?

In his recent Friday Forward blog, author and CEO Robert Glazer, shares the “pot roast” story (you may know it): A mother was preparing a pot roast for her family’s Easter meal while her young daughter helped. Knowing her daughter was very curious, the mother clarified each step. As she was preparing to put the …

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3 Types of Hobbies

According to Wikipedia (just to flaunt my credibility from the start), a hobby is an “activity, interest, enthusiasm, or amateur pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done in one’s leisure time.”  I like how the definition implies that the activity is life-giving. Along with the definition, the site provides over 250 ideas …

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The Top Frauds of 2018 (and How You Can Avoid Being a Victim)

I regularly receive updates from the FTC as they produce some interesting content and let you know about any new or unusual activity out there in regards to trade / commerce and how some “not-nice” people out there could be looking to take advantage of you. They’ve recently released a report on last years fraud …

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