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    Searching for Funding

    This time of year marks the end of most academic years across the nation. Graduations are among us and thoughts of higher learning are at an all time high. What’s the first thing that comes to mind after knowing that college is next on the horizon?  How can I pay for it? How can I get a degree for free? How many grants and scholarships are out there? These are all common questions but it’s rare that people really know the answer to them. This article will discuss the misconception of Financial Aid applications, scholarships and give tips on how to make your individual search and process easier. FAFSA is…

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    Mad Money

    Is it okay to talk about finances while dating? Discussing finances early in relationships can diminish money problems in the future. This season highlights love and money from Valentine’s Day to Tax season; why not take the opportunity to open up dialogue about this tough subject? This article will discuss when the topic becomes vital, how to engage your love interest and how to align your financial goals and/or growth. The general consensus is the money talk should occur well before a couple gets married, and for good reason. “Money is the number-one source of conflict among couples, particularly early in marriage,” says Orbuch, who has studied the same 373…

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    Saving Yourself

    Have you ever thought about giving cheerfully to yourself? Change the way you think about saving and realize that it’s okay to give to yourself. Sometimes the things we learn in church concerning money can have a negative impression on how money is viewed. Let’s review a couple of statements you may have heard. Money doesn’t buy happiness! For the love of money is the root of all evil! How do these statements make you feel when you read them? For real, take the time to think of what each statement means to you. Personally, they put me in the mindframe that money is evil and the demise of society,…

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    Be Blessed, Not Stressed

    The end of the year is approaching and everyone falls into the familiar hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays. The Bible tells us in, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (English Standard Version).” If you are a believer, you know the story of Jesus’ birth and that we celebrate that birth during Christmas. You would think the season would be filled with joyous praise to our Heavenly father and the remembrance of the greatest gift to man. Matthew 2:2, in the Bible says, “Saying, Where is He who…

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    Even the Score for Financial Freedom

    Proverbs 13:11 reads “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow (NLT).” Dishonest money dwindles…let that resonate for a little bit. Really think of the words and picture the dollar bills shrinking in size to nothingness. Can you see it? Can you feel the panic at the thought of losing money? Now couple that feeling with the guilt of doing something wrong and you get a good lesson on ethics. It is imperative that finance professionals follow strict ethical rules because money or lack thereof can cloud a lot of decisions. This article will discuss some major cases that have fallen into troubles because…

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    Female Financial Freedom

    Being a financial guru is not for everyone, but learning the ways of the gifted can increase the likelihood of obtaining financial successes. Money matters rule the world, but few are privileged to gain knowledge for financial growth. One may assume that these matters are handled by men; but there are women who are just as savvy with money. It is no secret that women have had to fight the stigma of being treated unfairly in the work place. From not being able to get certain jobs, to being paid a lesser wage for the same job as their male counterparts. In honor of National Women’s Month (March), this article…