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A Beginner’s Guide to Home Remodeling Costs

The first house my wife and I owned was brand spanking new – right out of the box. We walked in to fresh paint, clean carpets, new appliances and a cute little covered porch right off the back door. Everything was so perfect. We had no home remodeling costs to speak of.

home remodeling costsA few years and two kids later we decided it was time for some more space. So we moved into our second home for our expanding family.

This house was nice and definitely an upgrade when it came to space. But it was not new. It had issues.

The carpet was old. EVERYTHING in the kitchen was dated. The deck was falling apart. And there is no way I will ever forget the rust-toned, orange paint in the upstairs hall bathroom.

Of course we were thankful for finding a home to fit our needs. But we knew changes and upgrades to the home were in order.

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How to Save One Thousand Dollars in a Month

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Are you serious about getting out of debt and building a strong financial future? If so, then you must save money on a regular basis. The best part is you don’t have to begin with much. All you need to do for starters is to save one thousand dollars. … [Continue reading]

How Much We Pay Our Kids For Chores

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If you've ever wondered how much to pay kids for chores you are not alone. It's a question my wife and I have wrestled with again and again. I've mentioned before why we don’t give our kids allowances. I’m not giving them money just for existing. It … [Continue reading]

3 Reasons A Good Name Is Better Than Riches (Proverbs 22:1)

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“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” - Proverbs 22:1 Have you ever thought about the status of your name? Would you say it is good? Do you even care how those around you view your … [Continue reading]

13 Encouraging Bible Verses for Men

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Let’s face it - men need encouragement. We try to act tough like we can handle everything on our own. But if we are honest, we need to be lifted up just like anyone else. So it’s a good thing there are many encouraging Bible verses for men from which … [Continue reading]

20 Flexible Part Time Jobs For College Students

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Every fall about this time, parents are gearing up to send their kids back to school. In some cases, that means sending them to college. It's an expensive proposition putting a child through college. But there are so many part time jobs for college … [Continue reading]

How to Manage Your Side Hustle and Family Life So You Don’t Go Insane

There may come a time in your life where you want to or need to create a side hustle to earn extra income. It can be many things depending on your skills and the depth of your need. Regardless of what you choose, it will be something you do on the … [Continue reading]

Kids, Money and High School Graduation Day

In a few hours, my firstborn child will walk across a stage and receive her high school diploma. It’s been 18 years in the making and now we are here. One of the milestone days any parent looks forward to. It seems like only yesterday. … [Continue reading]

The 3 Main Advantages of a Debit Card

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Are there advantages of a debit card that makes them better than using a credit card? Debate rages sometimes in the personal finance world over which one of these payment options is better. I see how both can be used responsibly to assist people … [Continue reading]

Secret Advice For Teenagers Who Love to Spend Money

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You know who you are - teenager who loves to spend money like it’s going out of style. You spend money faster than it takes a Snapchat to disappear. Money comes into your hand one minute and flows out like water the next. And you like it that … [Continue reading]

8 Bible Verses About God’s Love You Should Never Forget

Ever wonder where our capacity to love actually comes from? It’s pretty clear that our ability to love is something that was given to us by God. In fact, the Bible verses about God's love that I read tell me He is Himself the essence of love and has … [Continue reading]