As a Christian, I am very familiar with the Christian scene. Many times, Christians take scripture, and they interpret it based on what it means to them. They forget to look at the context from which it was written, who was writing it, and for what reason it was being written. The verse that states, “the poor will inherit the kingdom of heaven”, is a verse which is often misinterpreted. Never in the Bible does it say that being wealth is a sin. When Jesus is speaking to the masses, he is intending to warn those that love money. If you are obsessed with money, possessions, and the pursuit of becoming even more rich, you will have a harder time accepting what Jesus teaches, because you will have all of your needs met. You’ll have a great house, plenty of food, plenty of attention, and tons of toys to distract you from what is most important in life.
By Erik Folgate
I asked my best friend, Timmy, to write about his experience with one of those “get a free laptop” sites that require you to complete promotional offers from the most obscure companies on the planet. Many of you are probably weary if they will ACTUALLY send you the free gift that they boast, and it may hinder you from trying it out. After hearing about his story, I was convinced. I finally knew someone personally that had done it, and received the gift. You can definitely get screwed over if you don’t know what you’re doing, that’s why I asked him to explain the process of how he earned a $2,000 laptop for $400 bucks!
By Erik Folgate
You want to start up a small business, but you don’t know where to start. Join the club with the millions of other Americans who start up small businesses, but don’t set them up properly. Too many people are incorporating when they don’t need to, or vice versa. Here are three major questions you need to ask yourself when starting up a small business.
I read an article on Yahoo Finance today about the possibility of credit cards becoming the next debt product to crumble at the feet of large, private banking institutions.
An excerpt from the article:
The doomsday scenario would play out something like this: Just like CDOs and other asset-backed securities, credit card debt is sliced, diced, and sold off again as packages of securities. Rising delinquencies would hurt not only the banks involved but the securities backed by the credit card receivables. Those securities would decline in value as consumers defaulted, leading to bank losses as well as portfolio losses in the hedge funds, institutions, and pensions that own the securities. If the damage is widespread enough, it could wreak havoc on the economy as much as the subprime crisis has done.
By Erik Folgate
If you’ve read any of my other articles about marriage and money, then you know I am a huge proponent for spouses working as a team when managing money. However, I also recognize that spouses tend to have different personalities, different passions, and different things that motivate them.
One of the big questions when it comes to personal finance and relationships is: “How do I get my spouse on board to becoming debt free or saving more of our income?”
As you know, it’s Halloween today, and after seeing the sweet looking Google banner, I felt inclined to write something about Halloween. I’m only 26, so my younger years are still well remembered. Halloween was always a pretty fun time in elementary school and middle school. It was the only time where my parents would let me rot my teeth out eating candy and walk around the neighborhood after dark. Kids love this holiday and parents love carving pumpkins with their kids and seeing all of the cute kids in their costumes. But, there’s also those punky, jerky 13 year olds that ask for candy and then egg your house two hours later. Halloween has become an American tradition.
I recently asked the question, “Why are you still paying for a land line?” I’ve had several great responses justifying why you still use a land line. Here they are:
It is required for DSL. By having the bare minimum phone service, I have DSL + phone for less than then cost of a cable modem service. Once I can get naked DSL, it will be gone.
This a good point. Although, I think that Bellsouth no longer requires you to have a land line to have DSL, but they’ll never advertise it, because they don’t want you canceling the land line. Whoever your provider is, you should call them up and see if you still need the land line to keep DSL.
Business Week Online put together their list of top 25 young entrepreneurs in America.
Reading this article and looking at the types of businesses started by young twentysomethings will either inspire you or frustrate you. I think it does a little bit of both for me. On one hand, I say to myself, “If they can do it, I can do it”. And on the other hand, I say, “Dang, why didn’t I think of that?”. The reason I shared this list with you is to inspire you. Instead of us mourning over the fact that we didn’t think of such a great idea, we should read about these stories of young people starting businesses and use it as inspiration to start our own businesses. You know my philosophy about easily starting your own business. Treat yourself as a business. Focus on the talents and skills that you possess, and use it to build a business around yourself. No, you might not ever go public or have a house in the Hamptons, but you’ll be doing something fulfilling, and your income potential will be limitless.
By Erik Folgate
The debate over paying off your mortgage early versus investing the extra money into the stock market is one that many financial “experts” argue back and forth over. I have made a few posts about this in the past, and it usually generates quite a few comments from you all.
My friend showed me a great airline website called Skybus.com. Starting in January, Skybus will be offering VERY cheap flights to and from various cities. For instance, from Greensboro, NC to Jacksonville, FL, you can get a flight for $10 plus tax! Is that crazy? Yes, it’s crazy, but not revolutionary. We went to Europe 3 years ago, and took they have Ryanair.com and Easyjet.com. You can get $10 and $20 one-way flights to and from many large cities in Europe.
So, what’s the catch?
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have literally lost everything they’ve worked for out in California. A house is your biggest investment, and the sentimental belongings such as wedding photos, important documents, and family heirlooms are irreplaceable. The only consolation I could offer up to someone who had their home swallowed up in a fire is that life is about much more than accumulating stuff, and you ALWAYS have to be thankful for being alive and healthy.
If you have young children and a house, you may have faced the dilemma of whether to pay off more money on your mortgage or start putting money towards a college tuition fund for your children. So, what’s the right answer? Well, every answer is different given someone’s situation. Here are some things to consider:
- First off, evaluate how many kids your going to be putting through college and how much time you have to build up cash for college. If you’ve got teenagers, then you’ll have to start saving yesterday for college.
I was sitting in a computer science class back in 2004, trying to figure out the foreign language that the professor was speaking (computer language, not an actual foreign language), when I realized that this wasn’t for me. I may have been investing in myself, but it was a bad investment. I came to the realization that I liked tinkering with computers, but I hated learning binary code, writing meaningless programs, and learning about every intricacy of a processor chip. Some people love that stuff, and they are fantastic at comprehending it. It wasn’t for me. I switched my major, and moved on. Getting a college degree can be a great investment in yourself, but it can also be a very bad investment in yourself if you don’t get anything out of it. My philosophy has always been that you get more out of an undergraduate degree just by surviving for four years rather than what you actually learn. Developing writing skills, personal responsibility, setting and achieving goals, time management, and money management are all skills that you either sharpen or dull while in college.
By Erik Folgate
When I am doing inspections for property damage to residential property, I get this question about 75% of the time:
Will filing this claim cause my premium to go up?
I like to be as candid and honest with customers as possible. Some adjusters would just say, “That’s not my area of expertise.” I like to give people an answer that will actually answer their question. The answer is that filing a claim will NOT cause your homeowner’s premium to increase. Contrary to what many people believe, they associate having one claim filed with their rates going up. The fact is that claims don’t dictate the premium with regards to homeowner’s insurance. Homeowner’s insurance does not act like auto insurance. Auto insurance has dozens, sometimes hundreds of tiers for premium rates. Your claim history, citation record, points on your license, and various other things contribute to the tier that you are placed in and the premium you pay.
A new year always brings new decisions about your family’s future. One of those decisions is your health care coverage offered by your employer. With the onset of rising health care costs, employers are beginning to mix up the available plans offered to accommodate individuals in all types of situations. Yahoo Finance wrote a great article about what to watch out for with new health care coverage plans. Picking the right health care plan can be a daunting task. Here are some of the things listed in the article that you should look out for when thinking about switching plans or when your employer switches plans for you.