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3 Steps to a Peaceful Life

What sort of emotions does the holiday season evoke in you? My pastor, Ronnie Batchelor, describes this as the time of year when “…we all experience the familiar unnerving sense that we’re approaching the brink – something akin to the clack-clack-clack-clack ascent of the rollercoaster when couples instinctively grasp each other’s hands and exchange nervous […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Christmas Budget Busters

The most common traps to overspending at the holidays and tips on how you can avoid them Christmas shopping can be the most expensive and stressful shopping experience of the entire year year. Many stores count on last minute, frantic shoppers to overspend out of desperation. So wehave compiled a list of these Christmas Budget Busters for […]

Ask Chuck: 5 Things To Do When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree on Christmas Spending

Dear Chuck, My spouse and I are on the opposite sides of Christmas. He’s kind of an Ebenezer Scrooge, doesn’t want to spend any money and thinks most decorating is a waste of time and resources, but I love the excitement of the season, and gift giving is a way I like to show my […]

10 Ways to Protect Your Budget from the Holidays

First of all, protect yourself from advertising overload. Companies know how to play on our emotions to get us to purchase their products. Rather, pray for legacy-building ideas that don’t require money. Intentionally plan a stress-free holiday that allows you to focus on Christ, the best gift of all. What do you have? Think about […]

4 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

Recently I shared some good reasons to buy a home at year end. Today, I want to share why it is good to list your home for sale during November and December. Three years ago, we sold our home in November after listing it with Nikki Bonds. She is a successful realtor with some good […]

5 Ways to Remember the Reason for the Season

Dear Chuck, I cannot believe that it’s Thanksgiving week and Christmas is coming in weeks. Most of the time, I feel more stressed than thankful at this time of year (unless you count how thankful I feel when it’s all over!). Have any advice about making Christmas more about Jesus’ birthday and less about a […]