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10 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities Your Kids Will Love

Congratulations! You have made it through your first full week of (official) summer. For many of you, your kids have probably been out of school much longer than just one week, and you may be wondering how to make it through the next 2 months with all their limbs and your lamps still in tact. But summer […]

Ask Chuck – Buying a House

Dear Chuck, My wife and I have been renting for five years and want to buy a home. Could you share any tips so we can make a wise decision? Hopeful Homeowner   Dear Hopeful, I commend you for seeking counsel in what’s typically the largest purchase of a lifetime. Assuming you’ve compared the costs […]

How to Use the Envelope System

The fundamentals of budgeting are simple – know where your money is going so it serves you, not the other way around. When you have your finances in order, you are better able to be used by God to accomplish great things for the Kingdom, and keeping a budget is the best way to do […]

How to Save for Retirement

As Americans, we have developed somewhat of a mania about retirement. Much of that is due to the fact that people are not prepared: The #1 financial regret of older Americans is that they didn’t save for retirement sooner The median amount saved for retirement among American families is only $5,000 And almost a quarter […]

How to Make a Budget

Did you know that tracking your spending and creating a budget can be freeing and actually bring peace? A budget empowers you to know exactly where your money is going and helps you reach your financial goals. When you use a budget, your money starts working for you, not the other way around. Contrary to […]

Best Budget-Friendly Wedding (and Shower) Gifts

Are you attending any weddings this summer? It’s the height of wedding season right now, which can get expensive quickly. And if you are paying for travel costs, a hotel, possibly a new outfit, and a gift, the cost of attending a wedding can skyrocket. In fact, according to Consumer Affairs, the average American will […]

What is Stewardship?

What do you think of when you hear the word, steward? There are many misconceptions of what stewardship means – fundraising campaigns at church, recycling, and getting out of debt are common examples. But none of these fully encompass what stewardship really means. Stewardship is not ordering your finances in a way that you can […]

3 Steps to Start a Savings Fund

Do you have $1,000 in a savings account that you could access right now? Most Americans (70%) don’t. In fact, six out of 10 Americans couldn’t even access $500 in an emergency. And 34% of Americans said they don’t have any savings…at all. A lack of savings is the #1 reason people accumulate debt – because […]

How to Get Out of Debt

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It’s been said that paying off debt is like eating an elephant – it can only be done one bite at a time. But getting started can seem daunting and overwhelming. Knowing how to take the first bite can prevent many from starting altogether. Of all the people I know who have gotten out of […]

Collecting Debts From Friends

Originally posted on the Christian Post on June 2 To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity. Dear Chuck, About 9 years ago I loaned an acquaintance I met at church a substantial amount of money, with […]