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Principles of Biblical Finance

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Dollars and Doctrine. “I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies.  I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.” (Ps. […]

Money To-Do Calendar: February

The great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the February steps as follows: Nag your high school or college student to start looking for a summer job. Pay off any credit card balances run up over the holidays. My take on these: 1. […]

Five Things Every Investor Needs to Know

The Wall Street Journal lists five things every investor needs to know as follows: 1. A Good Run Will Not Last Forever.2. Expense Ratios Vary Widely.3. Other Fees Can Add Up.4. Short-Term Gains Can Be Taxing.5. Watch out for closet indexers -- actively managed funds that mimic an index (especially if they are charging high fees.) True enough indeed. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 45-48

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

What to Look for in a Disability Insurance Policy

The Wall Street Journal lists some things we all should look for when we buy a disability insurance policy as follows: Details of what it pays: If it's a percentage of your income, does that include just your base salary, or other things like commissions? Portability: If it's being purchased through your employer, can you keep it if you leave? […]

Taking Control of Your Time

The following is an excerpt from The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose by Robert Pagliarini. Copyright © 2010 Other 8 Hours, LLC All Rights Reserved. The book tells people to live life to the fullest by radically changing the way they spend “The Other 8 Hours” – the 8 hours not spent sleeping or working. […]

Help a Reader: Warranty Questions

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I remember your trials and tribulations with your elliptical.  While I didn't get my treadmill from Sears, I thought I'd ask you a question about my current situation based on your experience, and see what you think and if readers might help. In early 2008, I purchased a treadmill through a reputable online retailer.  The treadmill was pretty […]

Should Students Pay Their Own College Costs?

Here's a question that's bound to get people riled up (it always seems to when we've discussed it before): Should student pay their own college costs or should their parents (or somewhere in the middle)? MSN Money asks this question without taking one side or the other. Here's a summary of our plans: Help our kids get into a good (not necessarily "great" -- I don't think it's worth paying […]

Signs of a Bad Economy

I don't know about you, but we're seeing more and more signs of a tough economy at work. A few examples of what's recently happened: A friend who owned a local business had to declare bankruptcy and has now been looking for a "regular job" for several months. We ran into a neighbor at a church event (their church, not ours) and found out he had been unemployed for several months. […]