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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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How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

For many kids, their first opportunity to learn about money comes when the Tooth Fairy makes her first visit and leaves a small payment under the pillow. This experience could be turned into a lesson about managing money, which is something most parents believe they should be teaching their kids. But it’s not happening. [read more]

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Ages and Stages for Teaching Kids to Save

There are really only three things we need to teach our children about saving money: Save as much as you can, as soon as you can, as long as you can. As helpful as this is, most of us could use just a little more detail on how to build a savings mindset into our kids from preschool to college. So, here are a few tips and resources that can get you started. [read more]

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What to Expect from a Christian Financial Advisor

For followers of Jesus, financial management is not simply a means of accumulating wealth. It’s a matter of stewarding God’s resources in alignment with his purposes. Here’s how you can expect a Christian financial planner who is committed to godly stewardship to help. [read more]

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