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Ask Chuck: Preparing for Retirement…In Retirement

Dear Chuck, According to the retirement calculator, I am way behind. My wife says we’ll never be able to retire, and we are both suddenly fearful of what our financial future holds. What can we do? Sincerely, Scared Senior!   Dear Scared Senior, Regardless of whether you’re ahead or behind according to the retirement calculators, […]

What True Contentment Means

What True Contentment Means

This world will try to convince you that your purposes, goals, significance, self-worth, ambition, and life energy should be wrapped up in material things. For many, the world’s message is simple: make as much as you can, as quickly as you can, to retire as soon as you can, to enjoy a life of leisure […]

Ask Chuck: Can I Use My Credit Card for Black Friday Sales?

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Dear Chuck, I want to take advantage of all the good sales happening for Black Friday but I can’t afford to pay for it all in cash right now. Is it ok to put it on the credit card and pay it off when I get my Christmas bonus? It seems like a waste to […]

9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My First Job After College

9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My First Job After College

Most people don’t know this about me, but I majored in history as an undergraduate. Like many college students, I didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do with my life. So I decided to study a subject I loved, figuring I would at least enjoy my classes even if I wasn’t […]

Your Black Friday Survival Guide

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10 Ways to Avoid Overspending on the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year There are some impressive statistics about Black Friday shopping. For example, in 2016 more people went Black Friday shopping than voted in the election. Target reported that it sold more than 3,200 TV’s per minute within the first hour of the store […]

Ask Chuck: 3 Ways to Pursue Peace in the Christmas Craziness

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Dear Chuck, There seems to be an unending amount of “crazy” in the world. How can I keep my money, time and heart peaceful during the holidays? Thanks, Holiday Jitters   Dear Holiday Jitters, My pastor, Ronnie Batchelor, describes this as the time of year when “…we all experience the familiar unnerving sense that we’re […]

2 Steps to Quit Worrying About Money

2 steps to quit worrying about money

Are you worried about money? Most Americans are. In fact, a study from reveals that 65% are losing sleep because of their financial state. The most common stressor is the cost of healthcare or insurance bills. This is closely followed by concern over retirement savings and student loans. Mortgages and credit cards are not […]

6 Ways to Save on Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving is just weeks away! Do you feel like Thanksgiving is really the beginning of the holiday season? To me, it beckons the commencement of a season full of Christmas music, holiday travel, parties, and of course, spending money. Many start their Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday. Though the frenzy of […]

Ask Chuck: Should I Have an Education Savings Account?

Ask Chuck: Should I Have an Education Savings Account?

Dear Chuck, I have 2 daughters that are only 2 years apart that are still in elementary school, but I’m concerned about the cost of college. When is the best time to start saving, and can you explain education savings accounts? I am thinking this is the way I want to help them get their […]

It’s Never Too Late to Make a Career Change

It’s Never Too Late to Make a Career Change

Making a career change is challenging at any age, but it can seem especially daunting if you’re decades into a particular path and have a family depending on you. Rather than feel excited about the prospect of starting a new career, many people feel trapped and hopeless. When you’re unhappy in your current job but […]

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