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In December 2007 one of my daughter’s best friends was killed in an auto accident. My daughter was 16 and devastated. My husband and I were in the depths of our financial darkness, at the lowest point we had ever been. Read the rest of this entry »

Many regular readers of The Finance Coach newsletters also listen to Dave Ramsey’s radio program. One doesn’t have to listen very long before hearing Mr. Ramsey share his “beans and rice” philosophy, the idea of living lean while gaining financial ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently I made a trip across Indianapolis on Interstate 465. I left my Brownsburg home around 5pm and my trip should have taken about 45 minutes. Instead, the trip took 1 hour and 40 minutes! I had quite a bit of time to think while waiting in traffic and it occurred to me that my family’s personal finance journey had some similarities to that interstate jaunt. Here’s what I think I can learn from traveling both roads: Read the rest of this entry »

As we continue down the path of saving with coupons, there are a few terms and tips that you may find helpful. As with anything, the more you use coupons the more comfortable you’ll become with combining deals, coupons, freebies, etc. Knowing basic coupon terms is essential. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been known to take a few shortcuts in an attempt to try to cut expenses and stay within a frugal budget. Most of the time that’s ok, sometimes it’s just not worth it!

Let me explain… Read the rest of this entry »

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