admin on August 6th, 2010

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 Does it strike anybody else as strange that there is an unspoken assumption that parents ought to pay (in part or in full) for their children’s college education? And not only […]

Continue reading about Paying for your Child’s College Education

admin on August 3rd, 2010

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was […]

Continue reading about Five Steps to a Monthly Budget

admin on July 29th, 2010

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud …” – I’m certain most of us have heard this often referenced passage from Corinthians while attending the wedding ceremony of a family member or close friend. Love, of course, is the multi-faceted foundation of any marriage […]

Continue reading about Marriage: I Love You to Debt?!

admin on July 21st, 2010

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the well known biblical story of the “Loaves and Fishes”.  In this parable, Jesus takes 5 loaves of bread and two fishes, blesses them and in short, is able to feed (with leftovers) a crowd of five thousand of his followers!  While the story has much deeper […]

Continue reading about Loaves, Fishes and … Discount Grocery Stores?

admin on July 20th, 2010

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine, named Jim, who lives in Boston.  Jim and I have actually known each other since college and have managed to stay close friends for over 30 years now!    Among the many items we discussed – our families, the baseball season, mutual friends, etc […]

Continue reading about Tithing, Debt & the Spirit of Gratitude

admin on July 20th, 2010

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. 1 Corinthians 16:2 If nothing else, I think the Great Recession may have served as a much needed wake up call to many American households.  […]

Continue reading about The Emergency Fund – Establish your Safety Net

admin on July 15th, 2010

Have you ever wondered how your spending compares to that of other families in the U.S.?  The graph below (courtesy of a great website – outlines the average annual expenditures of a typical U.S. ‘consumer unit’ as reported by a 2009 survey from The Department of Labor.  

Continue reading about Household Spending and the Average American Family