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Affluent Investor | February 26, 2017

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AboutChuck Bentley, Author at Affluent Investor

Chuck Bentley

Chuck Bentley

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

Posts By Chuck Bentley

February 24, 2017 |

Tattoo and Piercing Regrets in a Tough Jobs Market

Genesis 1:31 reads “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”.

He created man with beautiful skin and perfectly formed ears and a nose. But, the world has tried to alter that which He … Read More

February 23, 2017 |

Do You Know How Much The Average American Has in Their Checking Account?

While it is difficult to know for sure, one study by bank consulting firm Moebs Services indicates that the average American has $4,436 in their bank account. This is an amount that accounts for averages in people’s checking accounts specifically and … Read More

February 22, 2017 |

Help! I’m Caught Between Church and Credit Cards

Dear Chuck,

I need some help. I am a 50 year-old widow with a teenager at home, and I’m using credit cards to survive, drowning in late fees. I am over extended and miserable. My income cannot support my obligations … Read More

February 21, 2017 |

Have You Ever Considered That Less is More?

Dolly Parton grew up in a 1-room cabin in the woods and says being poor was good for her. Why? She saw her parents struggle and stretch a dollar.

Think about it. When you don’t have as much, you develop … Read More

February 17, 2017 |

What is the Number One Financial Regret of Older Americans?

“Most Americans are filled with regrets — financial regrets. Fully three in four, in fact, admit they harbor financial regrets, according to a survey of more than 1,000 adults by Their biggest regret: not saving for retirement early … Read More

February 16, 2017 |

Most College Students Don’t Think About the Future

Students should save so that they are in the habit later in the workplace.

Giving to the Lord first, then paying themselves should become a way of life even before graduating high school. Learning to delay gratification for a … Read More

February 15, 2017 |

Why You Should Empty Out Your Storage Units

Joshua Becker who blogs at Becoming Minimalist says 1 in 10 Americans rent off-site storage. Twenty-five percent of Americans have two-car garages but don’t have room to park a vehicle inside, while thirty-two percent can only park one.

We … Read More

February 14, 2017 |

Spend More Time and Attention and Less Money on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be an expensive day! Last year an estimated $19 billion was spent on this man-made holiday. As people who desire to steward well, yet show our love, we can find budget-friendly, creative alternatives to honor those we … Read More

February 10, 2017 |

Emotional Intelligence is Critical to Success in Relationships and Work

EQ, or Emotional Intelligence is critical to success in relationships and work. People with higher EQs typically communicate effectively, perform well under stress, make their teams more productive, and are good decision makers.

Dr. Travis Bradberry and Nick Tasler, … Read More

February 9, 2017 |

What Does It Mean to Be a Good and Faithful Steward?

When the Lord commended the 5-talent and 2-talent stewards in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), He told them they had done “good”. Often times we don’t pay attention to that word because we assume we know what it means. … Read More

February 8, 2017 |

Have You Already Blown Your New Year Budget? Don’t Give Up!

Allison Martin at reports that it’s the small expenses that add up to blow a budget and ruin a spending plan. There are several main culprits.

Food is one of the biggest expenditures in America. If you spend … Read More

February 7, 2017 |

How to Avoid Identity Theft

The number of people who reported being victims of identity theft in affidavits to the IRS has “fallen dramatically” this year, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

“Through the first nine months of this year, that number is down by … Read More

February 6, 2017 |

Cash-Strapped Colleges Turn to China for Students

According to a recent article at MarketWatch, when public colleges are strapped for cash, they go international.

The article reported that for every 10% drop in state funding provided to public universities between 1996 and 2012, public research campuses increased … Read More

February 3, 2017 |

Ten Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

A recent article at listed 10 things you should never say in a job interview. Here goes.

How much does this job pay?

Typically, money is not discussed during the first interview. If, at the end of the session … Read More

February 2, 2017 |

Three Practical Steps to Get Out of Debt in 2017

For the average American, interest payments consume the largest chunks of their monthly paycheck. There is interest on credit card balances, student loans, store accounts, and mortgages.

Here are some ways to get started paying it off this year!

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February 1, 2017 |

How You Can Avoid Making Really Bad Decisions

In a recent article for Forbes, Chris Myers warns entrepreneurs to be careful about making big decisions when they are carrying a lot of stress. The acronym H.A.L.T., he explains, stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.

He discovered that … Read More

January 31, 2017 |

Have You Started Saving $1,000 Yet?

My challenge to you is to escape the trap that nearly 70% of Americans are in: Living with less than $1,000 in savings! Here are a few more tips to find that $1,000 and put it away for future emergencies.

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January 30, 2017 |

Do You Strive for Excellence in Your Work?

I recently had some large trees removed by a company that claims Integrity as a core value. Their website reads, “At our company our community roots run deep. We live here. We work here. We raise our families here. … Read More

January 27, 2017 |

Tips to Help You Save $1k

Here are some places to cut expenses and put more money into savings!

  • Bring your Coffee. The average worker spends $20 a week buying coffee, adding up to $1,040 a year. If you even brought coffee from home half the … Read More
January 26, 2017 |

Spend Less by Spending Cash

Yahoo Finance recently reported that paying with cash helps you save and gives you more joy. Avni Sha, a professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, studied the effect of paying with cash and says it does indeed make us … Read More

January 25, 2017 |

Let’s Pray For Our New President and Our Nation

Please join me in prayer for President Trump and the United States.

Lord on High,

We humbly come before You acknowledging that no authority exists except that which You have established. Job said, “You are the One who makes nations … Read More

January 24, 2017 |

Can You Save $1000?

I just read another story of person who has saved $150,000 at age 26 and wants to have enough money to retire by age 37. You want to know how he did that? He lived on less than he was … Read More

January 23, 2017 |

Ditch the Ultra-Hip Open Space Office

Travis Bradberry, in an article titled “7 Amazing Things Happen When You Spend Time Alone” at reported that privacy is necessary for maximizing productivity.

Research was conducted among 600 computer programmers from 92 companies.

Data revealed that productivity … Read More

January 20, 2017 |

Top Three Areas To Align Your Finances With the Bible

I have long believed that a credit score is a poor determination of your financial health. Here’s why: you can have a very high credit score and be on the path to bankruptcy. You can have a very high … Read More

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