10 Questions to ask when choosing a guardian for your children

There are many reasons why everyone should have a will. One of the most important is determining who will be the guardian for your children. You really don’t want a judge deciding who would be the best person to raise your child. But how do you decide? Here are 10 questions to ask before naming […]

How a budget can strengthen your marriage

Can doing a budget really strengthen your marriage? Perhaps in your experience money conversations lead to fights more often than not. Sadly, we know this is all too common, as disagreement about money is the number 1 cause of divorce. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Money can actually be a powerful force […]

3 ways to raise financially responsible kids

I recently heard author Andy Andrews comment that most parents have a goal of raising great kids. He noted however that is not a good goal. What we really want to do is raise kids who will become great adults. I think nowhere is this more true than in financial matters. For good or ill […]

Achieving financial success in a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses world

I was recently reading about a study done in 1995 by the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study they surveyed students and faculty with a simple question: Would you prefer to make $50,000 a year while everyone around you was making $25,000? Or would you prefer to make $100,000 a year while those […]

5 reasons it is a bad idea to borrow from a family member

Many of us have been in this place at one time or other in our lives. We are in a difficult spot financially. A parent or other family member offers to help us out. “Just pay me back whenever you are able.” is often as defined as the agreement may be. Or perhaps you have […]

7 Signs you are headed for a financial disaster

The past month has seen the news dominated by weather disasters. The stories coming out of Oklahoma of the tornadoes and their terrible aftermath are heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. That said disasters rarely come with no warning. Sometimes there may not be a lot of time to […]

10 Financial questions to ask before getting married

Marriage can be a wonderful thing. My life has been greatly blessed by the awesome woman God brought into my life approximately 15 years ago. Proverbs tells us: Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. Proverbs 31:10-11 […]

Be an MVP parent teaching your children about money

Think back to when you were 18 years old. Graduating from high school. Maybe preparing for college. Maybe looking for that first job. Excited about being an adult. Making your own decisions and being on your own. How prepared were you to make wise financial decisions? How prepared were you to make any kind of […]