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Affluent Investor | March 27, 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

March 27, 2017 |

8 Tips for an Affordable Wedding

Weddings are expensive! With the average cost of a wedding at $26,645, I am very thankful to have 4 boys! My church recently announced the upcoming wedding of a young couple. The event will take place after our morning service, followed … Read More

March 24, 2017 |

Think You Can’t Afford Emergency Savings? Try Fasting

Jill Cornfield at Bankrate.com says the most common surprise expenses are related to vehicles, appliances, home-repairs, injury or illness. Unfortunately, nearly 6 in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected bill of $500.

This is a problem … Read More

March 23, 2017 |

Money Advice for the Poor

Those with little must budget the same way as those with much: Diligently!

Simply track your income and expenses: that is the money you bring in and the money that goes out.  Account for every single penny. Write down your … Read More

March 22, 2017 |

6 Common Spending Triggers to Watch Out For

Emotional triggers cause you to spend money. Maggie McGrath at Forbes made a list of the most common ones.

  • Alcohol or hunger can lower inhibitions and cause people to buy and regret it later.
March 21, 2017 |

Have You Had the (Money) Talk With Your Kids?

Many families struggle with when to let their children in on their conversations about money. Or how to approach their parents in the desire to help or rest in the knowledge they have prepared financially.

My advice? The earlier, the better.

Read More

March 20, 2017 |

Financial Advice For The Self-Employed

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2015, 15 million people, roughly 10% of total U.S. employment, were self-employed.

If you fall into that category I recommend you find a Godly mentor or team who will answer … Read More

March 17, 2017 |

5 Tips for a No-Spend Weekend

When you are down to your last few dollars, it may be time you have a No-Spend Weekend. Amanda, creator of CentsiblyRich.com says it’s a super way to save a little cash.

Impossible this weekend? Then, aim for another. … Read More

March 15, 2017 |

Packing List for Emergency Evacuations

If you only had 15 minutes to prepare for an emergency, an evacuation box could spare you from panicking and possibly save lives.

A number of years ago, my wife and I had to take emergency cover from a tornado headed … Read More

March 14, 2017 |

5 Key Questions for Family Caregivers

In a recent article by Kelli B. Grant at CNBC, an estimated 43.5 million American adults work as unpaid caregivers; most are age 50 and above.

It used to be that large families pulled together resources to care for parents and … Read More

March 13, 2017 |

Before Becoming a House Flipper, Think Carefully

House flipping is an investment strategy where properties are purchased with the goal of reselling for a profit. This profit occurs either through a hot housing market or from renovations and improvements made prior to reselling.

In an article … Read More

March 9, 2017 |

Dealing with Critical Coworkers

Dear Chuck,

I mostly like my job, or at least I don’t mind the work, and I’m grateful for it. But I find that some of my coworkers are really the worst part of my day. They can be … Read More

March 8, 2017 |

How to Be Ready For a Financial Emergency

Kathryn Vasel at CNNmoney recently stated that 6 out of 10 Americans do NOT have $500 – $1,000 saved in an emergency fund. When faced with a need, she reports that:

20% would put it on a credit card.

Read More

March 7, 2017 |

Do You Struggle With Consistency in Your Personal Daily Devotions?

In this dark world, we need help to see our way. Psalm 119:105 declares that “God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” Yet many, who claim to know the Lord, do not rely … Read More

March 6, 2017 |

What To Do in a Booming Stock Market

Dear Chuck,

Every time I turn on the news, I hear reports about new record highs in the stock market. I have some stock investment, but wondering if I should go bigger. Is there something I should be doing to take … Read More

March 3, 2017 |

4 Signs You May Need to Switch Jobs

Tough jobs can stretch us and prepare us for the future. But Liz Ryan at Forbes.com says certain signs reveal when it may be time to change jobs.

1. If you experience stress that wakes you up in the … Read More

March 2, 2017 |

How to Cut Expenses on a Pet

When we moved to Tennessee three years ago, we adopted two kittens at a two-for-one special at our local shelter. They are sweet companions and earn their keep in mice and mole control.

In 2015, Amelia Josephson at SmartAsset.com … Read More

March 1, 2017 |

Facing Retirement Without a Retirement Account? Do This

If you’re worried, you are not alone. Maurie Backman with the Motley Fool says retirement tops the list of Americans’ financial concerns.

In 2016, 64% of the population admitted fear in not having enough funds to cover living expenses … Read More

February 28, 2017 |

Hasty Speculation Brings Poverty

For years, I have tossed my coins in a jar and rolled them once a year. The boys and I spend a couple hours rolling and get our grins watching the money grow with each additional roll.

Coinstar kiosks, located … Read More

February 27, 2017 |

How Martin Luther Set Off 500 Years of Economic Growth

Martin Luther once said:

A true Christian lives and labors on earth not for himself but for his neighbor; Therefore the whole spirit of his life compels him to do even that which he needs not do, but which … Read More

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 Bankrate.com. Their biggest regret: not saving for retirement early … Read More

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