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The Antidote to the Comparison Trap

We’ve probably all been there. Scrolling through Pinterest, inspired by all the “simple” home renovation projects, colorful meal prep plans, and impressive kid birthday party themes. Then you set out to recreate the masterpiece, with a step-by-step video tutorial or complicated recipe full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. You’re so excited to finally join the […]

When Making $100K a Year Doesn’t Feel Like “Upper-Middle Class”

The median household income in America is about $59,000. This would suggest that making above $59,000 would offer you certain financial comforts and eases that those below the median line aren’t necessarily privy to. It would also suggest that if you make upwards of $100,000 annually, you should have no trouble paying your bills, saving […]

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?

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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 […]

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