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Together Forever, Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI, 1997, p. 51

Quotes I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness&md;John W. Rockefeller. The care of $200,000,000 is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it&md;W. H. Vanderbilt. I am the most miserable man on earth&md;John Jacob Astor. I was happier when doing a mechanic's job&md;Henry Ford. Millionaires seldom smile&md;Andrew Carnegie. Whoever says money can't buy happiness doesn't know where to shop. - Donald Trump, January 9, 1989, U.S. News and World Report Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money. The average charitable giving in the United States is 1.7 percent of adjusted gross income. The average among Christians is 2.5 percent. - Ron Blue, quoted in Discipleship Journal, Issue 53, 1989, p. 20 In the United States in 1950, 10 percent of all income was spent for luxuries ($50 billion). By 1980, 30 percent of all income went to luxuries ($350 billion). The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money. - J. H. Jowett If you had your life to live over again&md;you'd need more money. - Construction Digest According to a Gallup survey, almost half the total charitable contributions in the US come from households with incomes of less than $30,000. - Reported in The Other Side, quoted in Discipleship Journal, Issue 53, 1989, p. 20. According to Social Security records, 85 out of 100 Americans have less than $250 when they reach age 65. - Reported in Master Your Money, Ron Blue Almost half of Americans report having less than $5,000 in savings and investments, including 1 out of 10 who have none at all. Significantly, more than one-fourth of Americans did not save or invest any of their income in the past year. - Dr. Seymour Lieberman, in Homemade, January, 1985 There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money&md;"How much of my money shall I use for God?" or "How much of God's money shall I use for myself?" - W. Graham Scroggie Money is s lousy means of keeping score. The futility of riches is stated very plainly in two places: The Bible and the Income Tax form. Billing's Law: Live within your income even if you have to borrow to do so. - Official Rules, p. 14 When the Fellow says it's not the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money. Percentage of all paper money in the U.S. that contains traces of cocaine: 97% - Source: What Counts: The Complete Harper's Index, edited by Charis Conn Every time you lend money to a friend you damage his memory. Someone asked Willie Sutton, the notorious bank robber why he robbed so many banks. "Because," replied Sutton, "That's where the money is." Every person in the U.S.A. today has an average of $12,000 of debt. - Rick Beggs, Ronald Blue & Co., 1997 Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more. - Addison H. Hallock When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience will get the money. And the person with the money will get experience. - Leonard Lauder, president of Estee Lauder Research indicates that most households tend to spend 10 percent more than their income, no matter what the income level. Top 10 Financial Stresses in Family Life

Percentage of families experiencing stress

Money for food, clothing and energy


Purchase of a car, or other major item


Taking out a loan


Children's education


Problems with family income


Medical/dental expenses


Purchase or construction of a home


Bad investments


Overuse of credit cards


Starting a business