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3 Steps When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree on Christmas Spending

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Around this time last year, I remember receiving several questions from spouses about their “holiday budgets”. One woman in particular explained that her husband was more of an “Ebenezer Scrooge” when it came to Christmas spending, while she loved the experience of shopping for others and giving big gifts. I would have to imagine that […]

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 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: Christmas Shopping on a Budget

Ask Chuck: Christmas shopping on a budget

Dear Chuck, Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m having a little bit of trouble shopping for Christmas presents. I want to buy meaningful, useful gifts, but it can just get so expensive so fast. Beyond just having a budget, what advice can you give on how to prepare for holiday spending? Thanks, Making […]

10 Ways to Save $1,000 by Christmas

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7 DIY Home Improvements You Should do this Summer

How is your summer going so far? My husband and I just bought our first house about 3 months ago (which can be an exhausting process), so this summer has been filled with fun home improvement projects. With many of those projects come other unexpected projects, but it’s all part of the fun of homeownership, […]