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

Ask Chuck: The Bible, Money, and Love

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By Chuck Bentley, Crown Financial Ministries Dear Chuck, I’m growing weary of our society’s overuse (and misuse) of the word love. I hear and see it in advertising, on social media, and in conversations. If the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God, it appears we’ve confused our priorities. It appears we love money more than Him … Read More

Ask Chuck: Breaking the Cycle of Overspending

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By: Chuck Bentley, Crown Financial Ministries Dear Chuck, My husband is tired of my overspending. I struggle living on the budget he’s made because I make quick purchases rather than planning ahead. Then I feel guilty defending my decisions when the bills arrive. How can I get out of this cycle? Spontaneous Spender Dear Spontaneous,  First, be thankful you have … Read More

Top 9 Money Mistakes People Make

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By Jim Garnett, The Debt Doctor After counseling average Americans about their financial problems for many years, I noticed early on that there is a common set of money mistakes people usually make. Money Mistake #1: Being comfortable with debt. Why would anyone choose to be a slave if he could choose to be free? One answer is because, over … Read More

Six Fun Ways to Save as a Family

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By: America Saves Meeting financial goals as a family can be challenging. But inspiring your family to help and contribute to a financial goal doesn’t have to be a painful process, especially when the result is an exciting vacation, a car, or college savings. Here are some ideas on how to save as a family for all those items and … Read More

Credit Cards: Considering Credit History

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Considering Your Credit  Do you have credit card accounts that you don’t use? Are you thinking about closing these unused accounts to clean off the slate? Read this article to learn more about the effects of closed accounts on your credit history. A Fair Isaac representative reported that closing accounts does not directly hurt one’s credit score, regardless of whether … Read More

Financial Planning: A Dose of Truth and Grace

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Planning for a Financial Planner So you’re considering a financial plan! Perhaps your finances have told you that you need one. Planning with purpose for your financial future is a noble task. Sure many good things come to us in unexpected surprises, but planning for a good future, especially when it comes to finances, is a wise strategy indeed! You’re … Read More

Payday Loans: Borrower Beware

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Considering Payday Loans Strapped for cash? Thinking of getting a payday loan? Think again!  It may be tempting to get a payday advance to hold you over for a week or two until your next paycheck. What could be the harm? The industry claims they’re providing needed credit to consumers who aren’t able to qualify for conventional loans. The industry … Read More

Debt Collectors: Know Your Rights Against Wrong Practices

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Doomsday Debt Collectors  Debt collectors may be within their right to pursue repayment, but you should know how to protect yourself against doomsday debt collectors and their extreme tactics. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act First, you should be aware that there are laws in place that govern the practice of debt collection. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was written for … Read More

Credit – The Four Most Common Forms

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What is credit?  Credit is defined in a couple of ways. One is the amount of money you are approved to borrow from a lending institution. With this approval comes an agreement to repay the charges, any additional fees that can or will be applied, and to abide by time restrictions. Credit can also be classified as your borrowing reputation. … Read More