Common Cents

When Credit is on the Line, Play Your Cards Right

As convenient and commonplace as credit cards have become, there are some basic guidelines to follow in order to keep your family’s funds flourishing. Using credit without caution can fold your financial plans like a house of cards. [read more]

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In Touch with the Untouchable

After a traumatic birthing injury, countless Nigerian women are exiled by their communities. SIM missionary Gina McConley delivers support to help rebuild these shattered, lonely lives. [read more]

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Spender or Saver? Do You Know Your Spending Personality?

Although we’ve learned to meet halfway when it comes to our finances, my husband, Will, is a spender, and I’m a saver. When we first got married, I was frustrated with how Will spent money. I wanted to save every penny, and he wanted to have a little more fun. To this day, our differences in this area can be a struggle for us, but saving and spending don’t have to be all or nothing. [read more]

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Homeschool Families Find Support When Tragedy Hits Home

After unprecedented flooding claimed entire neighborhoods, Kelli, Ryan and their three young daughters were among hundreds of families evacuated from their Louisiana homes. The devastation disrupted every aspect of their life, including the seemingly insignificant routines like working on homeschool lessons together at the kitchen table. On a good day, homeschooling can be challenging, but when tragedy strikes, a family’s pursuit of home education can easily get lost in the turbulence of survival. [read more]

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How to keep eating out from eating away at your budget

When you’re trying to feed a hungry family on a thin budget, even a quick stop for burgers can devour your weekly food allowance. So, ECCU connected with a trusted mom and family manager for some financial insight on eating in. Rebecca, Well Planned Gal, breaks down the budget benefits of planning ahead and offers practical tips. [read more]

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Most Americans Are Way too Close to Financial Ruin. Are You?

Survey says: 63 percent of Americans have no emergency savings for things like a $500 car repair. This statistic surfaced in a Bankrate.com Money Pulse survey. It means that most people live paycheck to paycheck. If you’re one of them, you know the angst that comes from worrying what will happen if you’re suddenly hit with an unexpected big expense. [read more]

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