Category Archives for "Ask Chuck"

4 Basic Moves for a Booming Stock Market

Originally posted on the Christian Post on March 3 Dear Chuck, Every time I turn on the news, I hear reports about new record highs in the stock market. I have some stock investment, but wondering if I should go bigger. Is there something I should be doing to take advantage of the energy in the […]

3 Surprising Steps to Getting Out of Debt

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 24.   Dear Chuck, Credit cards are killing me, and it feels like getting a handle on money is some kind of 12-step program. Where do I begin? Feeling Overwhelmed. Dear Overwhelmed, Well, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that it’s […]

4 Steps to Ask for a Raise

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 17.   Dear Chuck, I’ve been at my job for a while now, and I know that I make a valuable contribution to my company, but I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise. Employers seem to be able to say vague things about […]

Church vs. Credit Cards

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 3.   Dear Chuck, I need some help. I am a 50 year-old widow with a teenager at home, and I’m using credit cards to survive, drowning in late fees. I am over extended and miserable. My income cannot support my obligations so I decided to find […]

4 Lessons from the Bible on Dealing with Critical Coworkers

Originally posted on the Christian Post on January 13.   Dear Chuck, I mostly like my job, or at least I don’t mind the work, and I’m grateful for it. But I find that some of my coworkers are really the worst part of my day. They can be critical, mocking, annoying, and I find […]

Ask Chuck: 5 Things To Do When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree on Christmas Spending

Dear Chuck, My spouse and I are on the opposite sides of Christmas. He’s kind of an Ebenezer Scrooge, doesn’t want to spend any money and thinks most decorating is a waste of time and resources, but I love the excitement of the season, and gift giving is a way I like to show my […]

5 Ways to Remember the Reason for the Season

Dear Chuck, I cannot believe that it’s Thanksgiving week and Christmas is coming in weeks. Most of the time, I feel more stressed than thankful at this time of year (unless you count how thankful I feel when it’s all over!). Have any advice about making Christmas more about Jesus’ birthday and less about a […]

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 […]