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MoneyWise

Christian talk radio with Rob West

November 21, 2019

Will your Thanksgiving spread stay on budget or steer you to the poorhouse? Americans will spend about $160 for this year's Turkey Day dinner - not bad since that will feed about 10 people on average. But can you do better? We need to be good stewards of what God has given us, even on holidays! How can we do this on a day marked by such extravagance? Financial planner and teacher Rob West shares some ideas to help us out. It can be good to splurge, but not on the whole meal. Choose maybe one dish that you'd like to go gourmet on. Make your shopping list then force yourself to look for the lowest prices. If you're having guests, let folks contribute to the occasion by bringing an item. Thanksgiving decorations. Be creative, look for ways to decorate the table without buying expensive flowers, etc. In today's show we also answer your questions: -I have $9,000 in debt, 3 credit cards that I use wisely, and am on a fixed income of Social Security - about $12,000 a year. I also have a lot of medical problems and am under a doctor's care. I struggle to make payments. What's good advice on all of this? -I've received an extra $15,000. Should I pay off my car or invest this amount in real estate? -I'm 61, retired, and my house is paid off. My wife and I both have about $155,000 in 457's and I collect a pension. What should we do with our next season of life? To ask your questions, call (800) 525-7000 or email them at [email protected] Also, visit our website, moneywise.org, where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, purchase books, and even download free, helpful resources. Like and Follow us on Facebook at MoneyWise Media for videos and the very latest discussion! And remember that it's your prayerful and financial support that keeps MoneyWise on the air. You can help us continue this outreach by clicking the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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