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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 […]

Best Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Gifts (From You & Your Kids)

Father’s Day is less than a week away! This Sunday we will be celebrating all the wonderful dads in our lives, likely in the form of backyard grilling and ESPN. If you don’t have a gift for dad yet, here are some great, budget-friendly, suggestions: Audible subscription. Audible is Amazon’s audiobook service and would be […]

6 Ways to Prepare for Summer Vacation

Are you planning a summer vacation? Allianz Travel Insurance reported that while fewer Americans planned to take a summer vacation in 2016, they would still spend $1,800 on average, making the total cost of summer vacation totaling nearly $90 billion. Although vacations can be a wonderful time for family bonding and a break from the […]

6 Ways to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Originally posted on the Christian Post on March 10 Dear Chuck, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In thinking about going green, I’m wondering if there are any principles to keep in mind and any ways to go green cheaply? An Irish Wish Dear Irish, You’ve come to the right place! The Bible is the original source for […]

5 Inexpensive (or FREE!) Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Dear Chuck, With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wonder if it’s really necessary to spend a lot of money on a holiday that feels a bit made up. I’m feeling manipulated but I don’t want to disappoint my wife. Is Valentine’s Day worth celebrating, and how much is too much? – Husband Needs Help Dear Husband, […]

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 […]