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

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

How to Save During the Holidays

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By: America Saves Holidays are often an exciting time of the year. Spending time with family, enjoying time off work, and celebrating with family traditions are enjoyable activities. However, the holidays can also represent added stress due to the crunch on your wallet. It is hard to look forward to a holiday if you are worried about how to pay … 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

CFPB: Make a Plan to Save Some of Your Tax Refund

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Making a plan to save at tax time The start of the New Year means its tax season again. As you gather your tax records and prepare to file, why not use this annual responsibility to take another step towards building financial security for yourself or your family? For many Americans, a tax refund is the largest check they will … Read More

Credit Card – Avoiding the Debt Trap this Holiday Season

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Gift Giving on Credit Staying out of debt can be almost as difficult as paying it off especially when our emotions take over. After all, buying gifts for our loved ones during the holiday season is a very emotional purchase. Preparing for gifting should begin way before the holiday season. In a survey conducted by The American Research Group, Inc., … Read More

Debt Consolidation – Combating Holiday Credit Card Debt

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Setting Financial Goals By planning ahead, it’s easy to combat holiday credit card debt that puts you behind with New Year’s resolutions and financial goals. According to an article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the best approach is to plan ahead to avoid holiday binge buying. By talking to a Christian credit counselor, you learn about debt consolidation. Whether you sign … Read More

Your Spending Habits and Your Holiday Spirit

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The Average American’s Holiday Spending Habits Already thinking about everything you have to do for the holiday season? Does the thought of holiday preparation stress you out? According to the National Retail Federation, it was estimated that the average American spent $77.52 on candy, costumes and decorations for Halloween in 2014. According to a CNBC report, the average American planned … Read More

Fall Money Saving Tips

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Cutting Costs at Home There are many ways you can save money and have fun doing it this holiday season. Falling leaves and decomposing Jack-o-Lanterns are the perfect way to start a compost pile this fall. Starting now means you’ll be one step ahead when spring arrives. Make sure your roof is free of holes, destruction and critters; if it … Read More

Surviving the Holiday Spending Trap With Debt Counseling

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Debt Counseling

After the school season starts, many people start getting ready for the holidays. Following Labor Day, the major holidays that often run up debt for the average American include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. By receiving debt counseling in the fall, you gain valuable insights and information about how to pay off debt, budget, and set financial goals. You … Read More