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Ask Chuck: Filling a Void with Material Things

Dear Chuck, Amazon Prime day just recently took place, and I found lots of great deals. Many of my friends took to social media to share great sales they found, and it was well-talked about at work for several days. While big sales like this can be great for saving us money, I actually was […]

Ask Chuck: Are There Alternatives to Amazon?

ask chuck are there alternatives to amazon

Dear Chuck, Amazon seems to have taken over the world! Their dominating presence makes me a little nervous…but I still love my free 2-day shipping from Prime. Are there any alternatives out there that I should know about? I feel like I can save money shopping from Amazon and the free shipping is always a […]

The Crown Staff’s Favorite Money-Saving Tips

The Crown team makes it a priority to “practice what we preach”, which means that we have an office full of brilliant budgeters, savers, and investors, all serving as faithful stewards, eager to hear the words, “well done, good and faithful servant”. Because our staff is full of creative and practical ideas, we asked them […]

Do Grocery Pick Up Services Actually Save You Money?

If you live in a large suburban city in the US, you’ve probably noticed the emergence of a new way to do your grocery shopping. Different stores have different names for the process (Kroger calls it “ClickList”, HEB refers to it as “Curbside”, and Safeway’s version is “Drive Up & Go”) – but the philosophy […]

Post-Christmas Sales Shopping Tips

Christmas is over, the presents have been unwrapped (and maybe exchanged), and the leftovers are being polished off as we all prepare for life to kick back into high gear come January 1. The pre-Christmas shopping frenzies have ended, but the Christmas shopping is far from over – because now the post-Christmas shopping commences! Hundreds […]

Ask Chuck: Avoiding the Christmas Spending Trap

Dear Chuck, The commercialization of Christmas feels like a big financial trap! My husband and I want to show love to our kids and family but the pressure to spend and borrow just to put a bunch of packages under the tree seems ridiculous. Any advice for stressed out parents like us? Bah Humbug!   […]

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

What to do when you and your spouse don't agree on christmas spending

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 […]

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

ask chuck black friday shopping with credit card

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

black friday survival guide

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 […]

3 Little Things That Are Wrecking Your Budget

3 Little Things That Are Wrecking Your Budget

Benjamin Franklin said, “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” Does this describe your finances? More often than not, budgets are wrecked or debt is accumulated by little things. Sure, those big surprise expenses also strain our finances, but we can probably credit smaller, sneaky expenses for doing the real […]

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