Category Archives for "Budgeting"

Ask Chuck: 5 Steps To Improve Your Finances This New Year

Dear Chuck, Covid set me back financially this year. As a result, we’re having a very frugal Christmas. Can you offer any tips on setting financial goals for next year? I want to be better prepared for what may lie ahead! Getting Ready for 2021   Dear Getting Ready,  I am so sorry for the […]

Ask Chuck: A Lesson in Stewardship From Tim Tebow

Dear Chuck, I get tired of hearing how celebrity athletes flaunt their wealth and waste ridiculous amounts of money on frivolous “stuff.” Didn’t Larry have an outreach to professional athletes?  Tired of NFL, MLB, and NBA    Dear Tired Fan, You are correct; Larry Burkett, Crown’s late founder, often advised professional athletes or spoke at […]

Ask Chuck: Christmas Shopping on a Budget

Dear Chuck, Money is tight for Christmas this year. Any tips for shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? Looking for Deals    Dear Looking for Deals,  You can search for articles pointing you to the “best deals” on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but be aware that many of those articles are really just […]

Protect Yourself from Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Scammers

Did you see the recent headline of three men posing as pastors to scam about 1,200 unsuspecting, gullible Christians out of more than $20,000,000 in three states with an investment scheme called “1st Million”? How about the California pastor who swindled his very own congregants out of a million dollars in a Ponzi scheme? Or […]

Ask Chuck: Struggling Newlyweds

Dear Chuck, My wife and I are newlyweds and struggling to spend less than we earn. Our parents agreed to help us until our first anniversary which is in February. To prepare for that date, we need help now. Spending Stress   Dear Spending Stress,  This has been a challenging time for many couples especially […]

Ask Chuck: What to Know Before Investing

Dear Chuck, I’m trying to teach my children/grandchildren some basic financial principles. Any tips I could pass on in regards to investing? Motivated Grandmother    Dear Motivated Grandmother,  What a blessing for your family that you want to help them get better with their finances. It will not only help them for the here and […]

Ask Chuck: Second Stimulus Check?

Dear Chuck, The government is talking about a second round of stimulus money – is it real? What should I do with it?  Watching for Money in the Mailbox   Dear Watching for Money in the Mailbox, You are correct; the government is discussing the passing of another stimulus package. The Republican Party offered a […]

How To Reduce Financial Stress

With many things causing stress in today’s world, here is a short list of financial practices that will reduce your stress, make managing your money simpler, and generally improve your quality of life. 1. Spend less than you earn. It sounds easy, but this is too often our greatest financial challenge. The vast majority of people that […]

Ask Chuck: Planning a Budget-Friendly Wedding

Dear Chuck, We anticipate two of our girls will be getting married in the near future. Due to the uncertainty with COVID and the economic setback in our family business, we are unsure how to proceed. Any advice?     Father of the Brides   Dear Father of the Brides,  These are in fact strange times for […]

Ask Chuck: Preparing for Another Pandemic?

Dear Chuck, I wasn’t ready for the pandemic. My health has been fine but my finances have not. How can I get ready if we are faced with another crisis? Prepping for Another Pandemic   Dear Prepping,  I am sorry you were not ready for the pandemic but I am grateful that your health is […]