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The Modern Rules Of Family Finance

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We should revert to the old rules of family finance, even guru Suzie Orman agrees.

Remember, those Depression era folks?  Some are still around, like my in-laws.

They considered it damn near a sin to borrow money.

Pay interest?  No way.

Never had a credit card or a car loan.

It’s not likely we will get all the way back to those rules of family finance but look how far the pendulum has swung.

What will you value you more, something you worked for months to save so you could buy it, or, the same thing, if someone gave it to you?

The question answers itself, so why do so many parents buy cars for their kids?

Have not done this one in our house, and I have never worried about my daughter’s car.

And she takes great care of it.

Don’t give your kid a car to feel good about yourself.

Spend the money on therapy instead.

Gifts are not a substitute for time.

Kids know what is important to us, to anyone.

It is what you spend your time on.

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Financial Literacy For Couples

I have an aunt and uncle who were married many years ago. The priest told them, in advising them of the respective marital duties, that it was the husband’s task to run the family finances. This did not work from the start, but they endeavored to abide by the priestly directive. As long as theyContinue Reading

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Does My Small Business Need A Business Budget?

The picture is what happens to a business without a budget. We talk about having a family budget, or the family finances fail. This principal applies to a family business even more. Most people open up their small business on Monday, thinking they will pay themselves Friday with their first week’s profits. That is notContinue Reading

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“Now, bankruptcy is, and should be, a last resort.” This is not a Dave Ramsey quote from Total Money Makeover, it is something that I have been telling people for years. Well, sometimes there is no other way out. So, what if you have already filed bankruptcy? Your case is over, you have your discharge,Continue Reading

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