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3 Principles from the Bible that Will Help You Build Wealth

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The following is a guest post from ESI who blogs at ESI Money. He's a 50-something early retiree who has amassed a multi-million dollar net worth by following three simple steps to build wealth -- earning, saving, and investing (ESI). As most … [Continue reading]

Should I Retire Early? – 9 Questions to Help You Decide

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What do the numbers 61, 65 and 73 have in common? You might guess they are the home run records set during various Major League Baseball seasons by Roger Maris (1961), Mark McGwire (1999) and Barry Bonds (2001) respectively. However, for our purposes … [Continue reading]

Is Investing in Bitcoin a Good Idea?

Once Bitcoin was a blip on the radar. It emerged in 2009 as a trail-blazing digital currency that was created and held electronically. The purpose was to disrupt the ways we paid for things and exchanged funds. It seemed as if its biggest … [Continue reading]

Always Plan a Budget Around These 5 Expenses First

The first time I sat down to plan a budget with my wife, we didn’t know where to start. There were literally dozens of expense categories popping into our head at once. The whole process seemed a bit overwhelming. At some point it dawned on us … [Continue reading]

How to Make a New Year Resolution That Works For You

Once again it’s the turn of the calendar to January which means you may be thinking about making a new year resolution. It’s quite normal to think about all you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Having targets to shoot for is important to move … [Continue reading]

A Christmas Memory That Still Challenges Me to This Day

I love the Christmas season. Yes, it’s hectic. I know, it’s cold. Yes, travel is a nightmare. Each of those issues may bring back a Christmas memory you’d rather not recall. Despite all that, I look forward to Christmas. Always have. As a young … [Continue reading]

When It’s a Challenge to Say I Am Thankful for You

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Recently I had the chance to reconnect with someone who meant a great deal to me many years ago. My youth pastor took an interest in me when I was in the 8th grade. Not only did he become a mentor but someone I considered a friend (as much as a teen … [Continue reading]

5 Can’t Miss Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

Are you thinking of selling your home anytime soon? Well, now is a great time to do it. Homeowners sold over 5.25 million homes in 2015. This increased to 5.3 million in 2016. Although the rate of sale declined in August 2016, the prices of houses … [Continue reading]

Operation Christmas Child: Changing Lives One Shoebox at a Time

I believe the Bible when it says, "He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor”  (Proverbs 22:9). There are spiritual and emotional blessings that come when we give to others, especially those in challenging life … [Continue reading]

“I’m Rich!” – How to Handle a Lump Sum Payment of Money

I'm sure you've daydreamed at some point about how life would change if a large lump sum payment of money came your way. Say like a million dollars? We’ve all played this game and fantasized about all the good we could do for ourselves and others … [Continue reading]

The Hidden College Debt Statistics You Never Hear About

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The cost of college continues to expand with each passing year. With it, so does the amount of student loans being processed. It’s leading to an alarming amount of college debt that is hamstringing the life of graduates. By now I’m sure you’ve … [Continue reading]