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Sure, go ahead! Splurge.

I talk lots about saving and getting out of debt.  But, what about spending?  Heck, what about splurging?  Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually a fan of splurging. For my family and me we don’t scrimp when it comes to groceries.  I would guess we spend more than average on food a month.  However, our “going…

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A financially healthy mindset

Being financially healthy requires more than making enough money to cover your expenses. We’ve probably all heard stories about lottery winners, professional athletes, and other millionaires who eventually declared for bankruptcy; though they had the money, they didn’t have the right mindset and spending habits to avoid…

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Spring clean your life this month

It’s April and a renewed sense of vigor and life seems to roll in with the warm spring air. Maybe it’s just the satisfaction of watching our children run giddy through the soggy playground, but April is always welcomed with smiles as big as spring puddles. It’s a chance to throw open the windows and get after the dust bunnies –…

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Still think the lottery is a good idea?

The lottery is not only a bad idea from a statistical standpoint; it goes against some fundamental biblical principles regarding money. First of all, we have to understand that God owns everything and we are merely MANAGERS of His stuff.  (By the way, did you know the Bible talks more about money and possessions than prayer?  So,…

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Read now before filing: Top 5 tax mistakes that cost you

There are only a few weeks left to file taxes and many of us are worried about making mistakes when filing. A miscalculation here, a forgotten signature there and BAM! It could delay your refund, cost you a penalty or result in paying the government more than your fair share. Don’t let that happen to you. Take time now to avoid these…

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Performing a cash flow analysis

Do you know how much money you make or know where all of your money goes? You may have a general idea, but it’s important to know how much money you make and how you spend that money with more specificity. A cash flow analysis can help you track this information. This is a financial exercise that records your income and expenses over…

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Maximizing your federal tax refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. One of the most common questions is how to maximize your federal tax refund. Below, we’ve outlined one possible…

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The truth about tax refunds

Getting a tax refund.  It’s the best; like an unexpected blessing from the government.  NO!  Let’s clear up some misnomers regarding a tax refund.  First of all, a refund is NOT a bonus.  It’s NOT a gift from Santa Claus.  It’s NOT a present from the tooth fairy.  It’s NOT a sign that you’re running your finances…

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Don’t let money fights TKO your marriage

As I contemplated hiding my new, had-to-have riding boots from my husband (until the time was “right” to tell him about my mini-shopping-spree), I had second thoughts. While there were times we didn’t see eye-to-eye about money, experience taught us that if we avoided the issue, it only made things worse. I recently learned…

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