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Don’t strive to be average

Handling your money like a typical American is terrible plan.  Here’s why.  The typical American is flat broke! Fellow debt-hating guru and financial coach Jon White (@JWFinCoaching) wrote a blog called “Don’t be average”.  In it, he rattles off a number of disappointing statistics about the average American.  Here’s just a…

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Debt elimination strategy

There are some tips and tricks to getting out of debt, but mostly, debt elimination is about patience and discipline. Unless you suddenly receive a large sum of money, paying off debt is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s important to keep this in mind; it’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t see results right away. But just because…

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New Year’s resolutions: keep your commitment to yourself this year

At the beginning of each New Year, approximately 50% of the population makes a resolution.  Among the top resolutions each year are weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking, better money management, and debt reduction (Journal of Clinical Psychology).  However, only 8% of those people that make a resolution, keep that commitment…

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Closing out 2013

The holidays can be hectic, but don’t let a busy Christmas season keep you from reviewing your finances and financial documents before the end of the year. Here are a few things to do before 2014. Organize Throughout the year, you likely accumulated receipts, investment statements, bills, and other financial documents. Day to…

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God’s way of handling money

Enough is enough, now is the time!  We absolutely, 100%, need to get back to God’s way of handling money.  Too many of us are hurting and struggling with money because we’ve shied away from Godly fundamentals. First and foremost, we need to understand that God owns everything.  Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,…

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Pay off your debt

This is a big one – paying off all of your debt except your mortgage.  This is huge.  We’re setting the captives free!  No more “…borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7) stuff.  This is by far the hardest and most-intense part of the “baby steps”, but the most powerful! Dave Ramsey will suggest using his “debt snowball” which…

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A financially smart holiday season

Christmas is over a month away, but it’s never too early to start preparing your finances for the holiday season. Without a plan, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy consumer habits, so set aside time this week to create ground rules for your spending. Here are a few suggestions.   Don’t tap into your savings The meaning of this…

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Dave Ramsey’s 7 "Baby Steps"

Chances are you’ve heard about a guy by the name of Dave Ramsey.  He is a best-selling author of books like Financial Peace and Total Money Makeover, which were the inspiration behind our financial success. Dave Ramsey developed what he calls the “Baby-Steps”.  The premise behind the “Baby-Steps” is that if we try…

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Highway to the "danger zone"

I can’t help but to think of the Kenny Loggins song “Danger Zone” when discussing this topic.  But when it comes to your finances, what’s your danger zone?  Ya know, the area in your life, which little by little, hurts you over time. For some, this means the daily trip to Starbucks.  An occasional $5 coffee…

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Planning for retirement

At Covenant Trust Company, we understand the importance of saving and investing for retirement. But we also understand that thinking about retirement can raise a lot of questions. So here are answers to a few basic retirement planning questions that you may have, or perhaps, questions you haven’t even thought of asking.  …

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Handling your money like a typical American is terrible plan.  Here’s why.  The typical American is flat broke! Fellow debt-hating guru and financial coach Jon White (@JWFinCoaching) wrote a blog called “Don’t be average”.  In it, he rattles off a number of disappointing statistics about the average American.  Here’s just a…

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