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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Common Spending Triggers to Watch Out For

Emotional triggers cause you to spend money. Maggie McGrath at Forbes made a list of the most common ones. Alcohol or hunger can lower inhibitions and cause people to buy and regret it later. Emotional turmoil causes people to spend in an effort to gain control and feel happy. But the short-term gratification won’t last […]

3 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Money

Many families struggle with when to let their children in on their conversations about money. Or how to approach their parents in the desire to help or rest in the knowledge they have prepared financially. My advice? The earlier, the better. Depending on the ages of your children, openly discuss your budget, your financial plans, […]

8 Indicators of a Shopaholic

All of us have probably purchased something we didn’t need. But, do you know why? Lauren Greutman, gives reasons in an article she wrote for the Huffington Post. Here are a few she discovered, with my solutions to the problem. You want to impress people. Solution: Find your true identity in Christ. Greed and pride […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Friday Survival Guide

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending on the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year According to the Balance, 133.7 million Americans went shopping on Black Friday weekend in 2014 and spent a total of $50.9 billion. Stores count on bringing in at least 30% of their annual sales just between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making you the […]