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Beating the Budget Blues

Behind every financially successful person is a smart budget. Many young people do not think they need a budget because they do not have a high income, or they think budgeting is too hard and time-consuming. They spend as much…

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7 Finance Tips For College Students

"Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.” (Proverbs 9:6, NLT) Congratulations! You’ve just been accepted to your dream college! You’re about to start an exciting new adventure, but are your finances ready? These tips…

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How To Step Up Your Savings

"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT) "Pay yourself first.” That’s a popular piece of savings advice. You should be regularly saving at least 10% of your income. That may not seem realistic…

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5 Great Ways To Travel More And Spend Less

"For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” (Psalm 91:11, NLT) If you’re planning a vacation trip, it pays to plan ahead. Shopping around a bit can save you a lot of money on travel, lodging,…

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10 Simple Ways to Save On Your Wedding

"The bride, a princess, looks glorious in her golden gown." (Psalm 45:13, NLT) You have a ring! You have a date! Now how are you going to make this wedding happen without wrecking your budget? According to a 2014 study, the…

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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A House

"Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.” (Proverbs 24:27, NLT) You watch every home-buying show. You've got a Pinterest board filled with decorating inspiration. You're feeling ready to pick out your dream home. And with fewer…

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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT) Did you know that, according to a recent study, even though 45% of Americans usually make New Year's resolutions, only 8% are successful in achieving those…

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