Tag: Finances

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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Leaving a Financial Legacy

I don’t remember what my grandparents got me for Christmas two years ago. I’ll never forget what they taught and modeled for our family though. What my wife (Alli) and I, along with every other family member received was an idea, a challenge, and resources. Grandpa and Grandma started a trust that was dedicated solely …

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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’s Your Biggest Financial Regret?

I had just gotten a new job and my car broke down. I felt like I needed to replace it quickly and was running out of options. I knew a fella from the golf course I frequented who worked at a car dealership. I ended up visiting him there – and quickly fell in love …

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Watching Your Dad Go Through Bankruptcy

On March 6, 2008, I received a call from my mom and dad that no one wants to receive. Charlie: “Hello” Mom and Dad: “Charlie, it’s mom and dad.” (mom’s got the phone, and I can tell something’s wrong) Charlie: “What’s wrong? What happened? Did Grandpa die?” (more silence on the far end). Mom: (mom …

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Why We’re Broke (And How to Fix It)

According to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, total debt reached a new peak of $12.96 trillion in 2017’s third quarter — $280 billion above the previous 2008 high (and we all know what transpired around that time, almost 10 years ago). And with that, credit card debt also went up another …

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Does Debt Freedom Scare You?

Today I applied a pretty big lump sum to my mortgage in my pursuit of freedom from debt. Yep. I got paid out for my vacation from leaving my previous job, and from the money we have made from doing AirBnB. It is really amazing how the Lord has blessed us as we’ve progressed in …

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How to Modify Your Personal Finance Behavior

“But mom…I really need that new toy!” “Dad everyone at school has a new pair of Air Jordans and I won’t be cool unless I have them!” “The next door neighbors just bought a puppy and I want one too!” As a young kid these are some common statements you will hear your kids or maybe even …

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My Attempts at Spring Cleaning Our Finances and a Challenge

Here in Minnesota, the spring season brings us green grass and all-out cleaning. Everything from the windows and automobiles, to the porch and our personal finances. Yup, even the finances. While we’re cleaning up everything else – why not our bills and other money matters? With the budget tightening around the house (due to my wife leaving a …

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