Category Archives for "Emergency Savings Fund"

Can You Pay for Unexpected Expenses Without Debt?

Jill Cornfield at Bankrate.com says the most common surprise expenses are related to vehicles, appliances, home-repairs, injury or illness. Unfortunately, nearly 6 in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected bill of $500. This is a problem across our nation. When people pay with a credit card, the original expense can grow […]

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 […]

5 Tips to Save $1,000

My challenge to you is to escape the trap that nearly 70% of Americans are in: Living with less than $1,000 in savings! Here are a few more tips to find that $1,000 and put it away for future emergencies. Cut cable. I have friends who spend more than $100 per month for their cable […]

How to Find Hope in Overwhelming Debt

I want to encourage you, that while it may take time, you can begin recovering today by setting a goal of getting debt free. Make up your mind that you don’t want to live like this any longer, and then follow a step-by-step plan. I’ve found in working with other people facing the same struggle, […]

Do You Feel Like You Are Slowing Drowning in Debt?

Originally posted at Christian Post August 12, 2016. Dear Chuck, I have a rather unique problem; I feel like I’m drowning in debt, but I’m told I’m not in deep enough to get help! I have a car payment with 14 months left. I have four credit cards that I make payments on, but I’m finding it […]

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 […]

How Much Should You Save?

Americans are currently saving an average of 4 percent of their annual income. This is the lowest savings rate for any country in the developed world. At a seminar I just completed, a participant asked me, “Well then, what is the right percentage of our income that we should be saving?” Glad you asked. First, […]