Become a Money Saving Expert

by Tim April 28, 2014
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The thought of being an expert at anything can be intimidating, especially when it comes to money.  But you don’t need a degree in finance to become a money saving expert.  You just need a little creativity and an open mind. If you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, you can learn to spend less […]

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3 Reasons Why Your 401k is So Important

by Tim March 3, 2014
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Saving for retirement comes with a dizzying array of options. Which retirement account should you choose? Which investments within that account do you really need? What if you make the wrong account choice and can’t get a specific investment that you need? With so many options many people find themselves in analysis paralysis. They aren’t […]

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Tackling Student Loans

by Tim January 16, 2014

$23,186. This is the average debt load a student will end up with after graduating college.  If you’re like the 66% of all undergraduate students who have taken a student loan, you probably want to get rid of those things as fast as possible.  It’s easy to get caught up in the borrowing maze in […]

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The Parable of the Sower: A New Perspective

by Tim January 6, 2014
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It’s fascinating to read the parables of Jesus because there always seems to be something new that comes from it.  That’s how I feel about the parable of the sower. The parable is simple: the sower (Christ) scatters his seeds very generously and it ends up on four different types of terrain.  Some land on […]

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6 Ways to Make New Year Resolutions That Work

by Tim December 31, 2013

Every year resolutions are made for the New Year and start strong for the month of January. In the swing of things, you coast into February but then comes March. With tax season approaching, the resolutions take a back seat and it’s all down hill from there. How can you make resolutions that last? It […]

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20 Beautiful Homemade Christmas Gifts

by Tim December 9, 2013
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The holidays are great, but buying gifts can get expensive.  Real expensive. But if you’re like me, you enjoy giving gifts to people and watching them open it on Christmas day.  Even better is giving someone a homemade gift that you invested your own time and energy creating.  Making a homemade Christmas gift can be […]

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Be Still

by Timothy Artisan December 2, 2013
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For many people, God and football go in the Sunday box, chores go into the Saturday box, and work, stress, and more stress go into the Monday through Friday box. Sometimes, we will take a vacation day to get some chores done, or we might take a full week off for a stressful road-trip somewhere. […]

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Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

by Tim November 25, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Washington, DC October 3, 1863 An excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering […]

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7 Ways To Control Your Spending

by Tim November 18, 2013
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Spending must be a conscious activity.  What do I mean by that?  Have you ever said the following at the end of the week or month: “Where on earth did my money go?”  I know that I’ve said that!  The idea behind conscious spending is to break the habit of spending whenever you ‘feel’ like […]

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How to Get Free Manufacturer Coupons and Free Samples by Mail

by Tim October 24, 2013
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I’ve written before about our coupon strategy and how we save thousands of dollars with coupons each year.  But there’s another way to save money that is actually a lot of fun and it doesn’t require much work on your part. Companies still send coupons and free samples in the mail – yes, the old […]

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