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Is Graduating from College Debt-Free Even Possible?

is graduating from college debt free even possible

Dear Chuck, My husband and I are more concerned every day about how we are going to help our children get through college without burying themselves in debt. It’s starting to be similar to the costs of buying a house! What can we do to help our kids graduate with as little debt as possible? […]

Is Hiding Financial Information Considered Cheating on Your Spouse?

3 reasons to consider ditching your smartphone

Recently, I was interviewed for an article in Fortune Magazine about a survey on “financial infidelity”, and they said this, “One in twenty people in the U.S. admit to having started secret bank accounts or credit cards without their partner’s knowledge.” Another headline on the topic in The Guardian observed: “Cheating isn’t always sexual – […]

Can You Afford to Let Your Teenager Get Their Driver’s License?

Ann and I have 4 boys. Three have passed the monumental age of 16 without getting their coveted driver’s license. Yes, my wife and I delayed this process due to concerns for their safety with teen crash rates soaring higher than any other age group. But there is also a financial consideration. Did you know […]

3 Tips to Make Your Expensive College Education Count

Originally posted at Christian Post May 27, 2016. Dear Chuck, With kids in college, I’m very worried about whether they can get a job after graduation and about the debt they’re going to need to manage because my wife and I can’t afford to pay for their educations free and clear. But it’s hard to get a […]

5 Tips for Staying Safe on Craigslist

Originally posted at Christian Post April 29, 2016. Dear Chuck, I’m a little afraid of selling things on the Internet. This month a man was sentenced to life in prison for helping his stepsister beat to death a man she met on Craigslist that she intended to rob. She’s in prison now too. So many people I […]

Is Your Credit Card at Risk of Being “Skimmed?”

It’s called skimming because thieves “skim” your credit or debit card information using a device that affixes to a card reader on something like an ATM machine or gas station pump. It blends in with the existing equipment well enough that unsuspecting consumers never notice it. And it’s become a big problem. From January 1 […]

4 Better Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Dear Chuck, Procrastinators Unite! This weekend, my husband and I will be crashing on our tax returns, due Monday, April 18th, and we’re hoping to receive a return. What do you suggest we do with the money?   Procrastinator Dear Procrastinator, It is never best to wait until the last minute to do your income […]

6 Basic Financial Moves Everyone Can Make

I am often asked to share basic financial moves. Here are my top six: 1. Make giving to the Lord’s work your top financial priority. The Bible calls us to honor the Lord with the first fruits of our wealth. I believe 10 percent of our gross annual income is the starting goal. 2. Have […]

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