Ask Chuck: Falling for a Scam?

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By: Chuck Bentley, Crown Financial Ministries Dear Chuck, I’m hearing more and more about financial scams…I’m concerned about my daughter falling for one while she’s attending college out of state. Scared of Scammers Dear Scared of Scammers,  I’m with you! You and your daughter should be on alert as a downturn in the economy always creates an upturn in the … Read More

Play it Safe Online

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By: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It’s a good time to think about protecting your personal information while you’re online. Being online lets you follow the news, connect with friends and family, shop, manage finances, and more. Getting online may help reduce social isolation and increase independence for older adults – especially during the … Read More

Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft

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By: The Identity Resource Center (ITRC) Right now is a very difficult time for a lot of consumers as concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be at the top of people’s minds. In addition to the inconvenience of social distancing and isolation and the very real fears for personal health and safety, many people are also facing the stress … Read More

10 Ways to Trim Your Budget While Self-Isolating

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By: Rob West and Jim Henry Self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis has devastated some sectors of the U.S. economy while leaving others largely unaffected, or even expanded sales. Travel, tourism, and events have been hard hit while spending for food, household items, and health-related supplies have skyrocketed. Many businesses are struggling to stay afloat during these challenging times and when … Read More

The Mayday Budget

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By: Rob West and Jim Henry The coronavirus outbreak has battered the U.S. economy. Every week, millions more are added to the unemployment rolls, creating a financial calamity for many American families. If you’ve lost your job or had your work hours cut, you should prioritize your spending to stretch your savings. The best way to do that is by … Read More

Ask Chuck: Practical Advice During the COVID-19 Crisis

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By: Crown Financial Ministries Dear Chuck, Many of the young people in my Bible Study are frightened of the Coronavirus and the threat to their families. I understand their fear. But, as an older American, I’m also concerned about their economic well-being in the aftermath of this crisis. What kind of financial advice can I offer them? Sheltered in The … Read More

How to Use Your Tax Refund to Build Your Emergency Funds

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By: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) During tax season, there’s a lot to think about. Do you have the right forms? Where did you put those receipts? Did you do the math right? But there’s one more thing you should be thinking about: how you can use your tax refund to ramp up your emergency funds or reach other savings … Read More

4 Steps to Spend Your Stimulus Check and Tax Refund Wisely

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By: America Saves Most Americans don’t have an emergency fund. While we’re all experiencing this pandemic very differently — some having only minor inconveniences and others finding themselves without a job or having to close their business — those without a savings cushion are vulnerable to feeling the ramifications of COVID-19 for a very long time. With stimulus checks and … Read More

Money-Saving Tips for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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By: Crown Financial Ministries The Crown team makes it a priority to “practice what we preach”. During this pandemic, as we recommend to cut back your living expenses by 25% for the next 90 days, we’ve made a list for you of the ways we’re doing that ourselves. There are some natural savings that happen when you follow social distancing … Read More