Category Archives for "Family Life"

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Reverse Mortgages

Originally posted on the Christian Post on September 30. Dear Chuck, My elderly parents are considering a reverse mortgage because they are struggling on a fixed income. Is that a good idea? Could it do more harm than good? Worried for Mom and Dad Dear Worried, I share your concerns about reverse mortgages, called “the ugly […]

3 Tips for Dealing with College Debt

Dear Chuck, It’s back to school time for many families, but my children are finishing college and newly graduated, so I’m less concerned now that they have a diploma– and more worried about the debt they accumulated – the nasty student loan kind of debt.. Do you have any advice for my family and me? […]

Mortgages: Refinancing vs Recasting

refinancing recasting mortgage

Dear Chuck, My husband and I own a home and are trying to decide if we should change our mortgage to get in better financial health. I read recently about “recasting” a mortgage, which sounds a lot like a fishing term! Is that something worth considering? We’ve been looking into refinancing. What is the difference? […]

Are You Stressed About Your Medical Bills?

I recently received this question: My husband and I could really, really use some financial advice. We are both in our 20’s, have a baby, and have been married for a little over 4 years. Unfortunately, we’ve acquired quite a bit of debt, mostly from medical bills because I did not have insurance. But we […]

3 Tips on Money & Divorce from Baywatch

Originally posted at Christian Post July 15, 2016. Dear Chuck, I saw recently that the former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff headed to court to try and challenge the judicial order to pay his ex-wife $21K a month in alimony. I’ve read his assets went from $1.2 million in the bank to $600 after his divorce. What happened […]

Does God Require Fathers to be the Breadwinners?

Dear Chuck, As we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, it seems to me that today’s dads are under pressure of all kinds as well as having to endure being the butt of the joke too much of time. Father may not always know best, but Hollywood makes dads appear weak, stupid and clueless. What kind […]

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 – […]

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