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5 Ways to Prevent Money from Ruining Your Marriage

Marriage is the most exciting and challenging relationship that we’re likely to experience in our lifetime. Two people come together with different personalities, upbringings, values & beliefs about money (even if not obvious at first) and a variety of habits. All of sudden, your financial future is directly linked with somebody else’s. Is it any wonder that so many marriages struggle with personal finances? Actually, it remains the most common reason for divorce. But there is good news! God has…

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Financial Infidelity

Are you hiding money from your wife? Do you make purchases without your husband’s knowledge? Are you keeping financial secrets from each other? If you answered “yes” to any of these but think it’s no big deal. Think again. Financial experts say “financial infidelity” can hurt a couple’s relationship as much as a sexual affair. Whether a spouse is just keeping a small jar of cash under the bed or covering up a huge credit card debt, research shows that…

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When a family member or a friend approaches you for financial help, the $64 question that will run through your mind is: should you lend or shouldn’t you? More often than not people who lend money often run the risk of straining a relationship simply because the other party has trouble paying back. So what are you to do? Here are some ways to discern and to determine when is it smart to lend money to a friend or relative…

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True costs of raising a child

Couples always talk about the joys of raising a child. Holding your baby for the first time. Lulling that little bundle of joy to sleep. And how about their first words and first step? The joys are endless (and so are the costs). Family experts remind couples to open their eyes to the financial (costs) responsibility that comes with raising a child. According to statistics released by the United States Department of Agriculture, a middle-income couple would have to spend…

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Ask a mentor

“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counsellors they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 For over a year now, I have been part of a health and wellness business. In our company, one of our valued mottos is "Training is everything. Learning is everything." We are being taught that success is not instant. Before we earn, we need to learn. Before we succeed, we need to plant the seed. And part of planting the seed is getting all the advice and…

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