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5 Questions to Guide Your Financial Resolutions

Are you thinking of making some financial resolutions for 2015? Start with these “financial health” questions, since a recent study showed them to have a high correlation with net worth. If you don’t like your current answers, here are some ways to improve your answers for this same time next year, from Forbes.com. (Photo by … Read more»

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Live Abundantly Within Your Means

Today, we’re bombarded with advertising designed to convince us that we need the latest, the fastest, the biggest, and the best. No wonder many of us live with too much debt. To maintain financial priorities and live within your means, you must reconcile your needs and your wants. From LifeWay. (Photo by Katerha, used by… Read more»

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Streamline your Life with Good Stewardship Habits

Good stewardship habits are good for both your life and your wallet, according to Consumer Psychologist Kit Yarrow, who includes sharing, gratitude, and contentment among her twelve tips to streamline one’s life and budget. Dr. Yarrow’s suggestions are particularly timely for this season of Advent when we are bombarded with messages to overspend and overbuy. (Photo: Rubbermaid Products, Creative Commons)

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6 Defenses Against Identity Theft

It seems every week there’s another data breach that puts innocent people’s financial information at risk. What’s a consumer to do? This article from Thrivent magazine offers six ways to help protect yourself and your family. (Photo © Borys Shevchuk – Fotolia)

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A Budget Your Family Can Live With

It’s important to plan for how you’ll allocate your financial resources for each month of the year. This process, commonly known as a budget or spending plan, won’t take long to develop but will pay great rewards throughout the year. This article, posted on LifeWay, can help you budget. (Photo by Chris Potter, used by… Read more»

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10 Steps to Financial Freedom

For too many of God’s people, financial stress comes because they’ve fallen into the bad money habits that our culture encourages. Here’s a practical Top-10 List of things you can do right now to get started on the path to financial freedom. From HomeLife, by way of Lifeway. (Photo © Nelos – Fotolia.com)

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Why Financial Planning Needs More Religion

Acknowledging faith and spirituality helps people better understand their financial goals — and stick to them, says a financial advisor, writing in Money magazine. Candice McGarvey works with clients to integrate faith and finance. (Photo © Mladen Djordjevic – Fotolia.com)

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Personal Finance Basics

From Kiplinger’s, the financial magazine, here is a page with good resources on how to get your household finances in shape. Just about every topic is covered, from getting out of debt to buying a car. (Photo by taxcredits.net, used by Creative Commons license)

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Avoid These Vacation Money Traps

A family vacation can be a major summer expense, filled with unexpected costs. But if you can avoid these seven money traps you can come home with more cash in your pockets, says this article from Stewardship.org. (Photo by 19melissa68, used by Creative Commons license)

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Why the Church is a Hotbed for Finance Education

Personal finance classes offered by churches are often well-attended by the congregation. Some of the things that make these classes successful can be helpful to people who don’t attend church, too. What would a personal-finance program do for your congregation? (Photo by Jirka Matousek, used by Creative Commons license)