Debt and the Opportunity Costs of Not Paying it Off

When you make a decision to get into debt, you're also making a decision not to do many other things. Here are the three biggest opportunity costs of not paying it off. Opportunity Cost #1 - Your Future Retirement This cost will affect the day-to-day existence of possibly a third of your whole life. Some people may think that since retirement is so far away, they don't have to be concerned about … [Read more...]

Fixed Obligations are the Biggest Obstacle to Savings

Today, Mr Credit Card from www.askmrcreditcard.com is going to talk about how long term fixed expenses and obligations can affect our ability to save. Hope you enjoy his thoughts on this. For those searching for new credit cards he has a best credit cards section.  If you are interested in submitting a guest post you can learn more now. In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to "saving" is long … [Read more...]

Understanding Your Social Security Statement

Do you wonder how you'll manage your money when you retire? If so, your Social Security statement can be a helpful tool in planning your family's finances. Have a taken a look at it recently? A Bit Of Background Information And History Since 1999, statements have been automatically mailed to all workers over age 25 who haven't yet received benefits. The statement is mailed to you about three … [Read more...]

Rethinking Retirement | Reasons I Spend Less Time (and Money) Saving for Retirement

I used to do a lot to plan for retirement.  But then I wised up. I find that as time passes I’m developing an increasing skepticism about the concept of retirement.  I definitely would say retirement is not the goal of life.  If we live within God’s calling, we should be able to work, play, and learn at all stages. I think Christians should be appropriately educated about the value of … [Read more...]

Stay At Home Mom Math Analysis | What’s a Paycheck Worth?

In my post on how to afford to be a stay at home mom, I outlined some of the things our family did so that my wife could afford to stay home.  In that post I also mentioned that we didn’t even look at the math implication for that choice.  For us, it was simply the right thing to do, and so we did it.  However, I know that many of you who are considering staying at home will base the choice … [Read more...]

Ministers and Pastors Social Security Tax | Should You Opt Out?

Those outside paid ministry think that ministry is just about hearing and answering a call.  But there is much to deal with on the side of the minister's salary and relationship with the government. Ministers have very special tax and income situations.  This includes things like a housing allowance, employment status (self employed or employee), and social security.  Ministers also have … [Read more...]

14 Statements of Financial Losers

Personal finances is about learning important lessons regarding wealth building. If, however, one does not learn how to handle their money, the little they have will be of no value.   There are certain common and predictable qualities of those who are continually financially struggling.  To avoid making those mistakes we need to explore the phraseology of financial losers. Isn’t it amazing … [Read more...]

Cost of Living Increase | Thriving Without One

As Bob at ChristianPF reported, this will be the first year since 1975 since the Social Security Administration will not be adding on a cost of living increase.  In addition, there are numerous companies who are not offering cost of living increases.  This really is not much of a shock considering the events of the last 18 months.  One sign that the economy is recovering is that people are now … [Read more...]