Looking for some great budgeting software programs? Look no further. Whether you are wanting to manage your personal finances or business finances, there’s a budget program here for you. Consider each of these carefully before you make your selection however, as each have their strengths and weaknesses. 1. Mint Mint is by far one of the most popular personal finances applications around. Because it is web-based, you can easily view your budget from any available computer. In addition, you can… Read more

In 1 Chronicles 16:11 NASB we are called to “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” Here are four resources that I’ve been using to try to do this. And the best part about each of them is that they’re free. 1. Blue Letter Bible I like BlueLetterBible.org because as I read a passage of Scripture, I’ll usually come across a word whose meaning is not so clear to me. Fortunately, the Blue Letter Bible has a… Read more

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quicken Loans. All opinions are 100% mine. by Clayton Closson You read that title correctly. An estimated 2.7 million American households could refinance to today’s mortgage rates (which are still very low, in case you haven’t been paying attention) through the gov’s HARP program. And they can do it even if they owe more money than their home is worth. Up to 200%. But they aren’t. And we don’t know why. Why… Read more

Lots of people are against the use of credit cards. They say it leads to overspending, late fees, and overwhelming interest payments. I understand their point of view. They make valid points. On the other hand, there are proven advantages to using credit cards – advantages you wouldn’t get by paying with cash. The biggest one is the rewards you earn, such as cash back, points, and airline miles. That’s why I’m a firm believer that credit cards are a… Read more

For Christians, this can be a delicate issue. When is it okay to file for bankruptcy? It’s not a legal situation we should ever enter into lightly, but are there times when there’s simply no other choice? The Bible makes it clear that we are to pay our obligations; the passage below implies that there will even be consequences if we don‘t: Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means… Read more

When you see or hear the word “obedience,” what picture comes to your mind? Do you think about the relationship between a child and a parent? An employee and a boss? Student and teacher? Do you see this obedience done with a spirit of willingness? Or is it done grudgingly? I’m sure there are many instances when obedience is done happily. But in my experience, obedience is more often done with a spirit of hesitancy. More specifically, I’m referring to us ourselves… Read more

Each of us face problems and at times they can seem overwhelming. Whether they relate to health, career, finances, relationships, or any other area of life, it can often seem as if our problems are running over us. We may even feel that the situation is completely hopeless and that we’ll never recover from it. These are the exact times when our faith must be the greatest. If God is the creator of all things, it follows that He is… Read more

When it comes to keeping track of your financial accounts as well as your net worth, using online money management software may not be your best choice. Sure, there are benefits to using sites like Mint and Yodlee.com – the greatest likely being automatic updates to your balances. Still, these sites aren’t perfect. There are drawbacks to using them – which is why I stopped. Instead, now I track my net worth using a simple Excel spreadsheet that I update monthly…. Read more

When looking for a job, most candidates try to go through “the front door.” Those are the traditional job hunting methods people use – blasting out resumes to hundreds of employers, applying “online” to hundreds more, or working with a job search firm. But many are disappointed when these attempts fail. Logically, since you are playing the numbers game – applying to literally hundreds of employers in a short space of time – these attempts should get you plenty of… Read more

You know about the ABCs. They represent the basics of any subject that you must master in order to move forward in that subject. Without the ABCs, you won’t succeed. Did you know that when it comes to your investing, there are ABCs as well? In other words, if you don’t have a firm grasp on the following basics, you will fail. Are you ready for them? Let’s dig in. Asset Allocation The “A” stands for asset allocation. This refers to how you split… Read more

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