Category Archives for "Smart Spending"

Do You Have an Offensive or Defensive Financial Strategy?

Now the correct answer is that it is important that you have BOTH. But you may be thinking you have neither! Okay, time for some coaching. A winning sports strategy involves a strong defense and a strategic offense. When both of these tactics are in place, the results can be far greater than one without […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shopping + Emotions

According to Heather Gilmore, a writer for The Dollar Stretcher, “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 […]

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