Save money on meat!

Carrie Rocha from Pocket Your Dollars has some great advice on how to keep your grocery budget in check, and still be able to eat the things you love: The cost of beef has gone up and is rising due to the extreme drought in the western United States. Let’s talk about how to save on your favorite types of beef. Ground beef. Substitute ground…


Sure, go ahead! Splurge.

I talk lots about saving and getting out of debt.  But, what about spending?  Heck, what about splurging?  Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually a fan of splurging. For my family and me we don’t scrimp when it comes to groceries.  I would guess we spend more than average on food a month.  However, our “going…


A financially healthy mindset

Being financially healthy requires more than making enough money to cover your expenses. We’ve probably all heard stories about lottery winners, professional athletes, and other millionaires who eventually declared for bankruptcy; though they had the money, they didn’t have the right mindset and spending habits to avoid…


Spring clean your life this month

It’s April and a renewed sense of vigor and life seems to roll in with the warm spring air. Maybe it’s just the satisfaction of watching our children run giddy through the soggy playground, but April is always welcomed with smiles as big as spring puddles. It’s a chance to throw open the windows and get after the dust bunnies –…


Still think the lottery is a good idea?

The lottery is not only a bad idea from a statistical standpoint; it goes against some fundamental biblical principles regarding money. First of all, we have to understand that God owns everything and we are merely MANAGERS of His stuff.  (By the way, did you know the Bible talks more about money and possessions than prayer?  So,…



Money Sense March Podcast – Tax Day Coming

We’re about a month away from Tax Day (April 15th), and Duane Emmel from Village Family Services want to help you be ready not only for this Tax Day, but future ones, as well.   You can also check out Duane’s latest newsletter: Mar14MoneySense If you have further questions, why not email Duane.…


Read now before filing: Top 5 tax mistakes that cost you

There are only a few weeks left to file taxes and many of us are worried about making mistakes when filing. A miscalculation here, a forgotten signature there and BAM! It could delay your refund, cost you a penalty or result in paying the government more than your fair share. Don’t let that happen to you. Take time now to avoid these…


Performing a cash flow analysis

Do you know how much money you make or know where all of your money goes? You may have a general idea, but it’s important to know how much money you make and how you spend that money with more specificity. A cash flow analysis can help you track this information. This is a financial exercise that records your income and expenses over…


Maximizing your federal tax refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. One of the most common questions is how to maximize your federal tax refund. Below, we’ve outlined one possible…


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Finding identity in Jesus

Josh Lauritch had it all - or so he thought. When his pride got the best of him, God got ahold of him and Josh learned his true identity in Jesus.


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