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Save on Groceries – Plant a Garden

Are you overwhelmed by the price of groceries? Then grow your own! My wife Ann and I have a large garden. It’s a beautiful way to eat and exercise, but rabbits, deer, and weeds can be a real challenge! Perennials like asparagus, raspberries and rhubarb return every year. We like easy-to-grow drought-resistant plants, and after […]

Four Things to Remember in Volatile Times

Are you uneasy about the stock market? Ron Blue Trust of Houston, TX advises us to remember 4 things during volatile markets.  First, God is in control. Our hope rests in Him, not the accumulation of money and assets. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be conceited […]

Mortgage in Retirement?

I was recently asked if  it is wrong to carry a mortgage into retirement  Carrying a mortgage depends on your situation. Many homeowners suffered during the Great Recession. Over 1 1/2 million homes went into foreclosure in the first half of 2010. Those who owned their homes avoided that pain. When a home is paid […]

Worshiping Idols?

Idolatry comes in many forms… We look at jealousy as a negative characteristic, but with God, it’s a righteous response. He’s the only One worthy of our worship and He told us to have no other gods before him. Most believers would admit that worshiping money or material possessions is unacceptable. Yet, where is our […]

Crazy Money Day! Cost of Shoplifting

It’s Crazy Money Day! Did you hear about the customer who claimed he used to buy groceries once a week with a $20 bill? Not anymore he says… “Those stores have cameras everywhere!” Well, that’s a bad joke!  A 2021 National Retail Security Survey reported that a majority of retailers experienced a rise in organized […]

Prepare for Hard Times – Abide in Christ

Are you prepared for hard times? We have an enemy who wants to propel us into chaos and utter darkness. If Christians aren’t strong enough, a major crisis could collapse us into a modern Dark Age where the church is weak and void of salt. However, if we’re prepared, Christians can shine the brightest in […]

Should I Buy a House Now?

Are you wondering if you should buy a house?  One of Crown’s employees and her husband tried to buy a home a couple of months ago. They made an offer, but the house sold to someone who offered 18% over the asking price! Before making an offer, answer these questions: • Are you financially stable […]

Solo Home Buyers

Want to buy a home? Bank of America recently surveyed potential home buyers. Results show that singles don’t want to delay purchasing a home. A majority of single women surveyed want to buy a home before they marry. In fact, 9 out of 10 think the idea of being married before owning a home is […]

Savings Day – Where to Bank

Are you wondering where to open a savings account? Savings accounts are still a safe place to deposit savings as long as they’re guaranteed by the FDIC – that’s the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the NCUA – the National Credit Union Administration. They cover $250,000 per depositor, per institution. In addition to online options, […]

Savings Day – Your Finances in Changing Times

Do you feel unsettled? In 1975, our founder, the late Larry Burkett wrote his first best-selling book, Your Finances in Changing Times. This foundational work was written before personal computers, mobile phones or electronic banking. Here are a few key excerpts. Quote: “I believe we’re going to see ever intensifying recessionary and inflationary spirals. During […]