Category Archives for "Family Life"

Ask Chuck: What Do You Do When You Hit Rock Bottom?

Ask Chuck What to do when you hit rock bottom

Dear Chuck, I have hit rock bottom with my finances. My wife and I got divorced last year and all the fallout from that forced me to file bankruptcy. As many do when they hit rock bottom, I’m trying to get back up but not sure where to start. I want to learn more about […]

5 Practical Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

practical ways to teach your kids about money

Teaching your kids about money is a challenge and often an overlooked part of the training they desperately need! Children, toddlers especially, aren’t ashamed of their selfishness. They’re completely inwardly focused, only concerned about themselves. That’s why a room full of 2-year olds is full of “me, my, mine!” and why sharing has to be […]

Ask Chuck: Should I Choose Family Time Over My Career? Biblical Advice and Lessons From Paul Ryan

Ask Chuck choosing family time over career

Dear Chuck, I saw Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election as Speaker of the House so he can spend more time with his family, and I can identify. Last year I got a big promotion. The new job has been great, but it’s required me to travel for the majority of the week and is extremely […]

Ask Chuck: Should Children or Parents Take On Student Debt?

ask chuck who should take on student debt

Dear Chuck, We have a son graduating high school this year and are trying to make plans for his college years. While he’s done an excellent job applying for and receiving scholarships, taking AP classes, and CLEP exams, we will still have to take out student loans. My question is who should take out the […]

Why Financial Fidelity Matters in Marriage

why financial fidelity matters in marriage

Have you ever lied to your spouse about a purchase or hidden money? A poll from the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 2 in 5 Americans admit to lying about or withholding money information from their partner. USA Today reports that 15 million people have admitted to hiding financial information from their spouse, […]

6 Tips for An Affordable Summer Vacation

affordable summer vacation

Are you planning a summer vacation? Unfortunately, it may be more expensive to travel in 2018. Both airline ticket prices and hotel fares are increasing, which may make a sunny beach vacation or adventure-filled getaway a little less attainable. Considering that last year, 74% of Americans said they went into debt to go on vacation, […]

The Antidote to the Comparison Trap

We’ve probably all been there. Scrolling through Pinterest, inspired by all the “simple” home renovation projects, colorful meal prep plans, and impressive kid birthday party themes. Then you set out to recreate the masterpiece, with a step-by-step video tutorial or complicated recipe full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. You’re so excited to finally join the […]

Ask Chuck: Creative Ways to Increase Income

Dear Chuck, My wife and I really want 2018 to be the year we get our finances in order and become better stewards. We have a significant amount of debt we still need to pay off, and recognize our need to save and give generously. Our finances already seem to be stretched thin, and we […]

When Making $100K a Year Doesn’t Feel Like “Upper-Middle Class”

The median household income in America is about $59,000. This would suggest that making above $59,000 would offer you certain financial comforts and eases that those below the median line aren’t necessarily privy to. It would also suggest that if you make upwards of $100,000 annually, you should have no trouble paying your bills, saving […]

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