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5 Tips to Save $1,000

My challenge to you is to escape the trap that nearly 70% of Americans are in: Living with less than $1,000 in savings! Here are a few more tips to find that $1,000 and put it away for future emergencies. Cut cable. I have friends who spend more than $100 per month for their cable […]

Black Friday Survival Guide

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending on the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year According to the Balance, 133.7 million Americans went shopping on Black Friday weekend in 2014 and spent a total of $50.9 billion. Stores count on bringing in at least 30% of their annual sales just between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making you the […]

Why do the “Wrong” People Get Ahead?

22 Tips for Making a Great Impression at Your New Job

Originally posted on the Christian Post on November 18th. Dear Chuck, I’m in a company where it feels to me that people who are good at flattering the boss – but not necessarily are good at their jobs – get promoted, while more talented people get ignored or passed over. It’s so frustrating to look around […]

5 Tips if Your Children’s Activities are Wrecking Your Finances

Dear Chuck, My wife and I are struggling with the costs of our children’s extracurricular activities, which seem to be getting more expensive all the time. One of our sons wants to be on a travel team for sports, which is not only expensive, but includes the costs of hotels, food, and all kinds of […]

Are You Confused About Retirement Accounts and Investments?

Christine wrote me with this question: I have worked several different jobs. I have retirement money affiliated with each employer. I am considering consolidating to one new account, but I am confused on who to invest with and what type of account to open? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Christine, you have a few […]

The Connection Between Shopping and Emotions

According to Heather Gilmore, a writer for The Dollar Stretcher.com, “emotions can lead to the desire to shop or, on the other hand, shopping can lead to emotions. Shopping can be prompted by sadness, grief, loss, insecurity, guilt, and excitement.” Shopping can create a pleasurable experience making people want to experience the “high” again. The after-shopping […]

12 Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle

With medical expenses being the number one cause of financial hardships, it pays to work at staying healthy. Here are few simple tips/benefits for staying healthy: Take advantage of free ways to exercise. YouTube sessions, walking, dancing, and stretching; check out churches, senior centers, or the YMCA for exercise classes for little or no cost. Park […]

8 Budget Hacks to Help You Save

8 budget hacks

Dear Chuck, I’ve seen that you really encourage people to save $1,000 that they don’t touch at all except for extreme emergencies, but seriously, I CAN’T DO IT!  I need some advice on where to cut because I’m so close to the edge. Got any ideas? Open to Suggestion Dear Open, Trust me, you are […]

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