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Consumption and Crisis

If you are like me, you are shocked by the cost of the proposed bailout of the financial sector—at least $700 billion. You probably wonder why we should pay so dearly for other people’s mistakes...

5 Reasons a Recession Can Be a Good Thing

Recessions aren't all bad news...

  • Steve Scalici, CFP |
  • September 26, 2008 |
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Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

The high cost of food—specifically produce—tells me we need to become more self-sufficient. Here's a method of vegetable gardening that can be mastered even by those of us with limited space or limited gardening skills...

Retirement and Health Insurance: What's a Baby Boomer to Do?

As of January 2008 the first baby boom chicks turned 62. If you leave the workforce (and your group health insurance) how will you protect against the illnesses that parallel old age?

When it Does Not Pay to be Cheap

Those of us trying to reduce our spending often think, "If cheap is good, then cheaper must be even better." As noble as that thought might seem -- and it pains me to admit it -- that is not always true...

Successful Stewardship: A Game of Recovery

Few of us, this writer included, can look back at a lifetime of spending, investing, and giving decisions and be totally pleased with our performance. But being a good steward is not about having a perfect record -- it's more like a game of recovery.

Credit Card Contracts: America’s Financial Quicksand

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.” Now, a fair exegesis would clearly tell us that Jesus had far deeper, more profound things in mind than credit cards. But, His words here are very applicable to credit card culture in America...

How I Conquered the Debt Mountain

It's not easy to climb out of a difficult deep-in-debt situation, but it can be done. Here's my story - I hope you find it encouraging.

Growling at God: Why We Struggle to Give

I grew up with a dog that loved to chew rawhide bones. But if I, the giver of the bone, happened to come close to her while she was chewing, she would assert herself with a growl to let me know I better get away...

Teaching Your Kids Financial Independence

The end product of our parenting efforts should not be boomer-rang kids, but adults who can live financially independent lives. Here's how parents can pass on solid financial practices while improving their own money management skills.

Reduce Financial Strain with Healthy Living

Unhealthy lifestyle choices can reduce your quality of life, but they can also drain your bank account...

Setting and Achieving Financial Goals

The plans of the diligent lead to profit... (Proverbs 21: 5). Setting financial goals is one of the best remedies for financial stress and yo-yo budgeting.

When 'Easy Payments' Aren't Easy

Generally, financial problems aren't caused by economic slumps or depressions. Most family financial problems began long before...

7 Things You Need to Know About Health Savings Accounts

If you’ve been fretting about the big bite Uncle Sam is taking out of your household income—especially in light of the rising costs of living in general and healthcare in particular—take a deep, calming breath. Personal finance expert Eric Tyson has three words for you: Health Savings Accounts.

Feeding a Family on $300 a Month

I do something that most people think they can't do today: I feed my family of 5 on $300 a month. Perhaps some of my methods will help you cut down on your food bill...

Save on Groceries Before You Leave Home

It's no extra work, you don't have to deprive yourself of anything, and you don't have to clip any coupons...

Understanding Your Credit Reports and Scores

There are many reasons it's vital you understand how credit reporting and scoring works. But Christians should be particularly concerned about their credit standing because it is a reflection of their character...

5 Reasons You Need a Contingency Fund

A Contingency Fund (CF) is an emergency fund that you can get your hands on at a moment’s notice. No matter how much debt you have or how low your income, you need to be building a CF...

The Sweet Taste of Debt

It was a hot September day in 1991 when my life changed forever. I was a freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University on my way to an 11 am class. On my way to class, I came across some people representing Citibank credit cards. They were offering a free candy bar if I would fill out an application for a credit card...

  • Steve Scalici, CFP(r) |
  • April 09, 2008 |
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