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Christian Financial Advice and Biblical Stewardship

Investing Basics: 401k Retirement Plan

If saving money is hard for you, and you’d rather adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” strategy, then make a decision to invest a certain percentage of your pre-tax dollars into your employer’s retirement plan option.

Investing Basics: Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is an option that presents much more attractive interest rates, and it can be invested in a conservative, middle of the road, or aggressive plan, depending on your age and risk factors.

Investing Basics: Certificate of Deposit

If you’re in a place where you can put your money to work for a period of at least 6 months without needing to tap into that stash then opening up a certificate of deposit could be your a great option.

Investing Basics: Money Market Account

Because money market accounts have slightly higher requirements on minimum balances than savings, you can earn higher interest on your saved money.

Investing Basics: Savings Accounts

A typical savings account is your simplest form of earning some interest on your money.

Car Buying: Private Seller vs. Dealership

Regardless of where you decide to purchase your vehicle, ALWAYS pull up a Carfax report. This way you can see whether the car has ever been in an accident and what was damaged / repaired.

Before You Cash Out: Alternative to Draining Your 401(k)

Many workers would be better advised to build an emergency savings account that avoids the risks associated with 401(k) plans before investing in retirement savings.

Go Corporate, Remotely

Looking to supplement your income? Are you a graphic designer or a web developer? You can easily find contract work and do it all from the comfort of your home!

Tackle Teaching Online

Looking to supplement your income? You don’t always need a teaching degree to turn your hand to virtual education; many schools will employ online teachers with a master’s degree in a relevant area.

Become a Freelance Financial Writer

Looking to increase your income? Freelance writing is on the rise with demand expected to grow six percent between 2010 and 2020.

Which Debt Should Students Get Rid of First?

Assuming that recent graduates have various debt balances including student loans, car loans and credit card loans, tackling the lowest balance debt first can help them score quick wins.

Federal Student Load Debt & Repayment Plans

When paying back student load debt, remember that, while Graduate Repayment Plan payments can be extended up to 10 years, and Extended Repayment Plan payments may be extended up to 25 years, you end up paying more in the end if you pay less up front.

Building Good Credit History for Students

Credit history is critical when renting an apartment, applying for utilities, cable TV, or even a cell phone plan. Help your student learn to pay debts on time and establish good credit.

Spend Less on Your Mortgage

Is your mortgage more than you can handle? You may want to consider selling and downsizing, or renting out some of your space.

Save 10% of Your Gross Income

Your goal should be to set aside at least 10% of gross annual income every month for both your short-term and long-term needs.

Creative Ways to Save Money – De-clutter!

If selling them via Craigslist or eBay is not your thing, find your closest Salvation Army or a Goodwill store and donate your items for a charitable donation receipt that you can use as a deduction on your taxes.

Creative Ways to Save Money – Ask Before You Buy!

Before you buy extra clothing for your children or before spending money on a new bed or an appliance, ask around to see if someone in your network of friends may have what you need

Creative Ways to Save Money – Become Handy!

Do you have a Home Depot in your area? Sign up for their weekly workshops where you can learn how to install crown molding, how to install tile and much more! You can also find wonderful video tutorials on youtube.

Creative Ways to Save Money – Eat Soup 2X a week!

It’s amazing what a little soup can do for your family’s savings account. You can feed a family of four with a hearty chicken and vegetable soup for as little as $6- $8!

Creative Ways to Save Money - Home Haircuts!

With the cost of a haircut (for men) ranging form $15-$25, you can save over $200 a year by simply learning how to cut your son’s or your husband’s hair!

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