Craig Ford's Author Profile and Articles

Craig FordCraig Ford is a fulltime missionary in Papua New Guinea who writes Money Help For Christians and Help Me Travel Cheap, a frugal family travel blog. He is the author of Money Wisdom From Proverbs, has a Masters of Divinity degree, and (most importantly) eats homemade pizza with his family every Friday night.

Articles by Craig Ford

What are Mutual Fund Expense Ratio and Fees?

What are Mutual Fund Expense Ratio and Fees?

A mutual fund represents money contributed by multiple investors.  That money is managed by an individual, or more likely, a whole slew of individuals.  Not surprisingly, those folks who help manage and oversee your money do […]

How to Get Your Finances Under Control

How to Get Your Finances Under Control

While glancing through a fitness book (Fit and Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness) I noticed a subtitle — Reaching Wellness Through Lifestyle Management.  The section “introduces the general process of behavior […]

10 Characteristics Necessary for Success (Mr. Rogers Style)

10 Characteristics Necessary for Success (Mr. Rogers Style)

We are currently in a time when too much emphasis is placed on grades.  Far too many graduating seniors believe that good grades lead to good jobs which leads to a good life.  However, there are […]

How Important Is Mutual Fund Historic Performance?

How Important Is Mutual Fund Historic Performance?

Every investment guru has his or her own bit of investment advice for those who need to learn how to start investing. When I first started, the word on the street was to look at a […]

Children’s Allowance: When to Start and How Much to Give?

Children’s Allowance: When to Start and How Much to Give?

I’m not exactly sure when parents started giving allowances to their kids.  I wonder if that was around the same time when the tooth fairy started stock piling teeth.  However, somehow kids are introduced to the […]

Important Considerations for Those Who Want to Retire Early

Important Considerations for Those Who Want to Retire Early

When Do You Plan To Retire? That was the question our financial advisor asked the very first time we met together.  Since my wife and I were both in our early 20’s, we said 50.  We […]

5 Things to Know Before You Buy an Extended Warranty

5 Things to Know Before You Buy an Extended Warranty

It is getting harder and harder to find a product that does not offer an extended warranty these days. It seems like every store now offers some sort warranty on some of their merchandises. For $3, […]

Investing Lessons From The Lost Decade

Investing Lessons From The Lost Decade

I was recently looking at some stats regarding the US Market (Wilshire 5000 Total Return index).  As of February 28, 2010, over the last 10 years the market return was 0.1%. Hmmm. That’s not very high. […]

What Happens When a Bank Fails?

What Happens When a Bank Fails?

On September 28th, 2007, my bank went bankrupt and closed its doors…goodbye, Netbank. The moment you first find out that your bank failed is a scary moment. First thought: “I know I should have figured out […]

How to Write a Check and Balance Your Checkbook

How to Write a Check and Balance Your Checkbook

When someone is first enter the world of finances, they will need to learn some new basic finance skills.  Unfortunately, many teenagers and young adults get to college without having a clue about some basic personal […]

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