Monday, August 24, 2020

Giving $500 to a family from California

I was emailed by the father of a family from southern California last week. They have struggled financially since the pandemic hit earlier this year and have fallen behind on some bills.

The father, who asked that I don't post the family's names, recently found a new job after being laid off in the spring. In order to keep getting to and from work, he needs reliable transportation. However, due to falling behind on payments, he was at risk of losing his car.

$500 will allow him to make two car payments and bring his bill close to current, and his first paycheck in a few weeks will get the family the rest of the way to getting right with the auto lender.

I'm an advocate of buying only as much car as you can afford, using cash, and avoid payments and interest. Yes, there are drawbacks to buying used. But once a car is paid for, it's yours. There's a sense of financial and life security that comes with knowing your car, your home or whatever else it is has been paid for and is YOURS. I highly advise avoiding car payments whenever possible. Your life will become far easier because of it.

Have a wonderful day and keep your requests coming.

Monday, July 13, 2020

$200 For Kelly's College Fund

Kelly from Utah recently messaged us to discuss her college plans. Given all of the upheaval in our world today, it's understandable that some young people are struggling with planning for their educations after high school.

There's no way of knowing if our world will eventually get back to "normal." But what is clear is that there is still a need for education and it can be very expensive to meet this need, whether attending community college or moving out of state for school, in-person or online.

Kelly asked if I would be willing to fund all or part of her education. I responded that I'd be able to make a small contribution of $200. This may not be a lot. It probably doesn't even buy two textbooks. But I hope it makes a small bit of difference in her four-year adventure that is soon to begin.

Have a request of your own? Please message me and let's talk.

Friday, June 19, 2020

How to Get Free Money From the Government

I stumbled across this article on Google today. It's older but worth a read. It's not what I normally post on this blog but thought it might be of help to some people.

Per MarketWatch:

Whoever said “nothing in life comes free” didn’t take into account the myriad government programs that help people pay for things like college, day care and a new home. Most of these programs are funded by taxes, so technically you pay something for them, but they’re as close as you’ll get to getting free money from the government.Here are a half-dozen programs to look at:

I've personally recovered a lot of money through state government unclaimed funds sites. When every little bit helps, it's good to know about these options!