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Planning Your 2018 Vacation

Paying for a vacation is a lot like paying for Christmas, which seems to sneak up on people each year. You know Christmas is coming, so you should be planning for the costs all year. Similarly, vacation is coming so

Posted in Budgeting, Vacation

Middle Class Money Mistakes

According to a Pew Research study done in 2014, the middle class is defined as people who have an annual salary between $42,000 – $125,000. That is a huge wide margin between the low end and the high end. If

Posted in Budgeting, Catholic Money Management

Avoiding Christmas Debt

It’s August, so why in world are we talking about Christmas? Too many Americans whip out the plastic for Christmas spending and use credit cards to finance Christmas costs. The average consumer ends up with more than $1,000 of Christmas

Posted in Budgeting, Catholic Money Management, Christmas

Consider This Before You Buy a House

We’ve probably bought and sold more houses than the average person. We are on our 9th house – and these have all been a primary residence – no vacation homes. Sometimes it was a job related move because we were

Posted in Budgeting, Spending Plan

How to Pick a Bank and Avoid Fees

We’ve dealt with quite a few banks over the years, as we’ve moved from one location to another (we are currently living in our 9th house) and we’ve usually picked our bank based on how convenient it was to our

Posted in Budgeting, Finances, Wealth

Finding a Financial Planner (part 1)

You can certainly go it alone when it comes to managing your money, and you could also try to do it yourself when it comes to auto repair, cutting your own hair or giving yourself a root canal. Doing it

Posted in Blessings, Blogs, Budgeting, Catholic Money Management

Your Own Personal Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil is the name of a special groundhog who lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On Groundhog Day (February 2) each year, Phil emerges from his little groundhog home on Gobbler’s Knob. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow

Posted in Budgeting, Finances

Christmas is Coming!

This year… Christmas will be in December! That is really not news, but too often the Christmas season catches people unprepared financially. Consumer counseling agencies see a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking help in January and

Posted in Budgeting, Christmas, Finances

Turkey Trot at the Daytona Speedway

The day after Thanksgiving, we took the two teenagers in our life to the Turkey Trot which is held each year at the Daytona Speedway on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It is a combination swap meet and car show with

Posted in Budgeting, Credit, Finances

Black Friday and The Light

On Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude for all the good things in America: “spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties and brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” The last line of this beautiful song written by Katherine Lee

Posted in Budgeting, Catholic Money Management, Catholic Perspectives on Money, Christmas, Gratitude

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