Mar 19 2012

Are you ready for Spring?

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Mar 16 2012

True Story of St. Patrick

True Story of St. Patrick

It may surprise you to learn that the real Saint Patrick was not actually Irish—yet his robust faith changed the Emerald Isle forever.

Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a middle-class family in about A.D. 390. When Patrick was a teenager, marauding Irish raiders attacked his home. Patrick was captured, taken to Ireland, and sold to an Irish king, who put him to work as a shepherd.
 “The work of such slave-shepherds was bitterly isolated, months at a time spent alone in the hills.”
Patrick had been raised in a Christian home, but he didn’t really believe in God. But now—hungry, lonely, frightened, and bitterly cold—Patrick began seeking out a relationship with his heavenly Father. As he wrote in his Confessions, “I would pray constantly during the daylight hours” and “the love of God . . . surrounded me more and more.”

Six years after his capture, God spoke to Patrick in a dream, saying, “Your hungers are rewarded. You are going home. Look—your ship is ready.”  Finally—thirty years after God had led Patrick away from Ireland—He called him back to the Emerald Isle as a missionary.


American Idol - Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon is one of the remaining contestants on "American Idol" and he producers have warned him that talking about his faith could hurt his chances on the show. His response...... "I am not going to hide it, and I am not going to stray away from it just because I am on a TV show."

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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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