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Not too long ago when my kids were small, I remember one of them begging my wife and I to buy a brand new, expensive sports car. It was something like $50,000. He asked us if we’d buy it if he chipped in all the money in his piggy bank. I think he had all of three dollars. That tale came to mind after reading a story today by CNNMoney about paying… Read More

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Our country is in deep debt. No doubt about it. The national debt crisis has been all over the headlines this summer. While it’s clear Washington can’t manage money, a new survey finds it’s an opportunity for parents to teach their kids about being financially savvy. The CouponCabin.com survey asked parents what financial topics are most important for children to learn. Here’s what they said: 81% Basics of a savings account 76%… Read More

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I knew I forgot to ask Richard Roberts something last week.  We sat down for a one-on-one chat about life after scandal, debt and death. For those who don’t know, Roberts is the former president of Oral Roberts University, and son of the famous healing evangelist who passed away in 2009. I asked Roberts about a tumultuous 2007 for him and ORU: the many allegations against him, the scandal and debt that… Read More

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Here’s another one of those surveys or studies that make you say, “They spent time and money to come up with that? That’s a no-brainer.”  Yeah, they did.  Brace yourself.  Wait for it.  Okay, here it is:  A recent survey found that not all couples are in sync financially.  And that can lead down a path of trouble.  Nothing ground-breaking, but still interesting. And true for so many couples. Have you ever… Read More

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What should you do if you come into some extra or unexpected money?  That may happen to you this month.  This is a three paycheck month for many Americans. It’s always a treat to get money you might not have counted on… whether it be an extra paycheck, a tax rebate or Christmas bonus. I asked some people what they’d spend the extra cash on.  The answers were wide-ranging.  One guy told me… Read More

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To cut down on my debt, I’m trying to use my credit cards less and debit card more. Many times we whip out the credit card to pay for things we can’t afford, and end up digging ourselves a big hole. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-credit card, as long as you can pay the balance in full every month. Trouble is, doesn’t always happen. With debit cards, the money is… Read More

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