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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 »

Many of you have made New Year’s resolutions. Many of those resolutions may involve your financial position. Perhaps you want to increase your income, lower your debt, or get prepared for a change that is going to occur in your life. Let us help. 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 »

It’s the beginning of a new year, the resolutions have been laid out and the goals are getting set. How many times have you laid out your resolutions or goals, been fired up and ready to go and lost the passion in just a short time? I have more times than I care to recall. So how do we make this year different? To answer that I went back to the time that I set and accomplished my goals. Here’s how I did it and how did it change my life. Read the rest of this entry »

By Guest Contributor Andy Andrews

When I was a boy, we had a Collie named Champ. My parents were out of town when Champ was hit by a car and killed. I can still remember my tears as the lady who was staying with me helped bury our dog in the far corner of the backyard. At the time (I was about twelve) I didn’t understand how something like that could have happened.

Now, of course, I know exactly how it happened. We didn’t have a fence. Champ was allowed to roam free. And a dog without a boundary is certain to meet disaster sooner or later.

Even as fully-functioning-adult-human-beings, you and I are exactly the same: A person without boundaries is certain to meet disaster sooner or later. Read the rest of this entry »

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