Mar 15 2012

Great little spelling champ!

The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is always fun to watch, but this year will be a bit more interesting....check out this article!

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We have been discussing weekly allowance for our kids. What about yours - allowance or no allowance? Here are the averages we found:

Age   Average Weekly Allowance
4       $2.85
5       $3.15
6       $3.85
7       $4.10
8       $4.32
9       $5.52
10     $7.18
11     $7.92
12     $9.58
13     $9.52
14     $13.47
15     $15.57
16     $17.84
17     $30.66
18     $40.10

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Mar 14 2012

Extra Money

Eight Weird Ways to Make Extra Money

1. Sell you for science.  You can sell whole blood or plasma. According to American Red Cross standards, you have to weigh at least 110 pounds, be 18 or older, and be in good health. Plasma can be sold monthly, and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Whole blood can be sold only every two months, but it takes just 10 minutes, on average. Check with your local hospital or clinic to see if it pays for donations. Each visit can be worth up to $35.

2. Do clinical trials.
Provided you qualify, participating in tests of new medicines and procedures can earn you up to a couple thousand dollars. Two sources for finding clinical trials are the National Institutes of Health database and the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation, which can also help you over the phone.

3. Show talent. helps you make money from your ability to do anything from retouching photos to singing. You can net $4 (the site takes a $1 cut) for a wide variety of small tasks.

4. Sell used goods.
If you have stuff you don't use -- and who doesn't? -- there are plenty of places to sell it, from Craigslist to eBay to Amazon. And if you don't want to wait on a buyer, you can trade in used electronics, books, movies and games at Amazon for credit.

5.Sell crafts.
Better than selling used is selling new -- especially if you have something unique to offer. Websites like can help you launch a side business selling your own crafts, from jewelry to painting to custom purses and clothing. Promoting your crafts on a social network like Pinterest can help drum up business.

6. Work online.
One of our most-asked questions: Is there legitimate work from home? Technically, yes. In fact, you're reading some right now: Every Money Talks News staffer works from home. But finding a legitimate work-at-home job isn't easy, and there are a lot of scams. Still, you can use the Internet to make extra cash. You can provide product research on sites like for anywhere from $1 to $15 per survey, or perform quick menial tasks like tagging images for a few cents each on Mechanical Turk.

7. Find missing money.
"Finding unclaimed cash" explains how to check with government agencies for cash you didn't know you had, like tax refunds, retirement accounts from old employers, abandoned paychecks, and unclaimed life insurance proceeds.

8. Try apps.
As smartphones become more popular, some startup businesses are based entirely on apps that get you to use them in certain ways while you're out and about. In "5 smartphone apps that can earn you money," we covered apps that can make you $5 to $10 for something as simple as snapping quick photos to prove a store has a certain product in stock. There are even apps that reward you for trying and reviewing other apps.



Amy shared today how she missed an opportunity to have new neighbors over to her house because she worried that her house was too "messy", but after consideration realized she missed an bigger opportunity to be hospitable. Here is what she learned: "When you entertain, you bring honor and glory to yourself. Showing hospitality brings honor and glory to God."


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Mar 13 2012

Joy, Peace, and Jesus


This is "Wild Bill".  I met Wild Bill in this dumpster downtown and had an great conversation with him.  He told me that at one time he had a couple of houses and drove around in a $150,000 car.  And then he realize his life was empty.  He said this to me, "Craig, I walked away from everything only to gain…everything."

He makes $20 an hour recycling stuff.  He has joy, peace, and Jesus. 


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Mar 12 2012

He's crazy about YOU!

God is crazy about you:  He even knows how many hairs you have on your head.  Matthew 10:30
There are many reasons God gives glory to Himself, to appease justice, to demonstrate His sovereignty.
But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because He is fond of you.
He likes having you around.  He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite awhile.
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends flowers every spring and sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart...
Face it, friend, He's crazy about you.

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