Getting Divorced? Protect Your Family's Financial Future.

Marriage and divorce are both very common practices all over the world. In the United States, more than 90 percent of couples marry before the age of 50 and shockingly, 40 to 50 percent of those end in divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. ...more

The Larsen Christmas Letter

I sat down last Sunday afternoon to write our yearly Christmas letter. That is actually late in the year for me as I am normally the first annoying friend that you receive a Christmas card from. Literally, I order my Christmas cards in October, write my letter by Thanksgiving and mail the cards out by the 1st weekend in December! I know!! I am that annoying Christmas perfectionist! But…not this year. I just haven’t had it in me…the Christmas spirit that is. It hasn’t been the best of years for our family and I know that is a part of why it has been so hard to write the letter....more

College Planning - Ten Tips

College,  post high school eduction, student loans, career planning. How to put it all together. It's not easy in most cases, and most of the deliberation centers around cost vs. potential earning....more

Cancer & Finances: 6 ways to get back on track & have more fun

The company where Hubby was employed as Data Processing Manager was bought by a competitor. He was in his mid-50s. Two years went by. He finally landed a job that paid less than half his previous salary and with no benefits.Meanwhile, we sold our home, cashed out our 401(k), depleted our savings and accrued some debt.And then the news: “You’ve got cancer. And you’re probably going to die of it.”...more

What Position Does God Have in Your Finances?

TheBudgetBrainiac ChuckWells It is an illusion that the life-blood of the Church is ...more

Reset Your Finances

In life the only way to move forward, is to accept the past and learn from it.  As much as I would love to go back to stop my much younger self from wearing leopard print pants with matching suspenders, I cannot.  Just as I cannot go back and stop myself from buying more house than I needed or could comfortably afford....more

Should Married Couples Have Separate Bank Accounts?

There’s really no ideal way for couples to merge their finances together once they’ve said their “I do"s (or even before the vows have been said), however to avoid future financial communication issues it’s important to have the conversation about how you two plan to handle the household finances going forward....more
I've always thought that married couples should share everything, but situations change and ...more

You're a mom forever

On Sunday morning, my son greeted me by saying, "Good morning! I get my allowance today, right?" After his morning routine, I handed him his cash for the week and he went to distribute it into his three jars. He then starting telling me what he was going to use his spend money on (a Batman action figure of some kind) and what he was going to use his save money on (a different Batman action figure of some kind)....more

4 reasons to have a joint checking account

Getting engaged is exciting!...more
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