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How to Get the Most Out of Christmas

Weeks ago, at the beginning of November, stores already had Christmas decorations on display. I know those stores are just trying to get the most out of Christmas season. But it’s too early at that point for me to think about Christmas.

get the most out of christmasFor me, December 1st officially starts my holidays. That’s because I know that in the 31 days of December, my family will attempt to cram more into each 24-hour period than is usually desired. For me, the annual cramming revolves around two specific lists – my December To Do List and my Present Wish List.

The To Do List for December is very important. It’s filled with kid activities, social get-togethers, Christmas programs and of course shopping. Additionally, home chores are also part of the To Do List. So, because I’m a teacher, I get a “vacation” during Christmas break which gives me a greatly needed window to do these activities and catch up on all that I’ve let slip by.

The other list – the Present Wish List – is all about what I would like to receive on Christmas day during our annual gift exchange. This one is a little tricky and here is why.

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15 Bible Verses to Remind Us to Be Thankful

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Hidden Nuggets Series #65 - Thankful Bible Verses - “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever.” - I Chronicles 16:34 I have a confession to make - I often forget how many things I have to be thankful for. It’s … [Continue reading]

Thank You, For One Million Page Views at Luke1428.com

Rarely do I draw attention to the metrics of this blog. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever done it like this (and probably never will again). But I have fun moment that I couldn’t shy away from. Yesterday, some unknown user found their way to my site … [Continue reading]

6 Signs You Are Living Above Your Means

Let's face it. We live in a fast paced, consumer friendly, debt-driven society. Spending money has never been easier. That might be why more than 60% of Americans deal with credit card debt on a daily basis. Access to credit has never been more … [Continue reading]

What I’d Tell My 20-Year Old Self about Financial Freedom

Enjoy this guest post today from blogger and website owner Joseph Hogue as he shares his ideas about financial freedom. The best lessons come from our experiences even if sometimes it’s our biggest mistakes. I’ve made more than a few mistakes in … [Continue reading]

6 Tips To Help You Sell Your Home Fast

Deciding to sell your house is an exciting time. Even though there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done, most people hope they are able to sell their house in between three and 10 days. However, there are numerous factors from location to … [Continue reading]

8 Bible Verses About Worry for All Life Situations

Do you worry? I’ll admit that I have been a worrier at certain times of my life. There are so many circumstances that we can worry about that it's easy to worry all day long. Thankfully there are many Bible verses about worry and anxiety that can … [Continue reading]

The Sam’s Club Scan N Go App Is a Shopping Game Changer

Have you ever missed out on something for so long and when you finally heard about it, felt stupid for not knowing sooner? That’s how I feel right now about the Sam’s Club Scan and Go app. I’ve been shopping at Sam’s for about a year now and just … [Continue reading]

Give Money and It Shall Be Given Unto You? (Luke 6:38)

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 Hidden Nuggets Series #77 - “ Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” - … [Continue reading]

6 Ways a Monthly Budget Brings Freedom, Not Bondage

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Here is a little test for yourself. When I mention the word budget do you think of the word "freedom" or do you think of the words "constraint" or "bondage." The word you choose probably identifies your basic attitude about having a monthly … [Continue reading]

5 Tips for Getting Started with Individual Stock Trading

Despite what you might think or have heard, not all investing is created equal. There is a big difference in investing in the stock market and investing by trading individual stocks. Both are classified as investing. But in reality individual stock … [Continue reading]