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My 5 for Friday (May 7, 2020)

Want to know how to improve your finances while stuck at home? Concerned about your student loans during the COVID19 crisis? Or just interested in the societal effects of a pandemic?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

Paying off debt may seem harder than ever during this time. Worried about student loan payments and the interest on your loans? This article provides all the information you need to understand the student loan provisions that have been made under the CARES Act.

2. Self, community and motivation by Seth Godin. Nothing reveals the selfishness of a society like a pandemic. In this article, Godin provides interesting insights into the self-gratification culture and how it affects the community at large; urging people to give up the "me and now" mindset for the "us and later" mentality.

3. 4 Ways You Can Improve Your Finances While Stuck at Home by Emily Guy Birken. There are many ways to make sure your financial situation doesn't fall behind while you are stuck at home during COVID-19. Have subscriptions you need to cancel? Have you updated your beneficiaries? Birken gives four tips on how to make sure you're taking care of your finances during this time

4. Fundraising in a Financial Crisis by Jeff Atherstone. In this article, Atherstone gives advice on how to maintain fundraising efforts during an economic downturn. Whether you're support raising for an internship, missions, or a church plant, Atherstone provides comfort while also providing action steps. Citing his own experience during the 2008 financial crisis, he reminds the reader that the Lord is in control and we must always trust him with our financial insecurities.

5.Warnings to the Rich by Sharon Hodde Miller. "Now, whenever my husband apologizes for what we cannot afford, I turn to him and smile to say, “You know what, they don’t have anything we don’t already have in Christ.” Miller warns against the lies that comparison and envy often bring, admonishing the reader to radical generosity and contentedness.


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