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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

December 4, 2015 |

Be on High Alert for Scams!

Unfortunately, this wonderful time of year is when scammers attempt to prey on shoppers.

The Better Business Bureau publishes a list of the Top 12 Scams of Christmas. Here are a few to keep in mind.

Fake charities: The holidays … Read More

December 3, 2015 |

Are You Wasting Money on “Healthy Food”?

I found an interesting article from Yahoo.com that gave strong evidence that we may be wasting lots of money buying five specific foods and beverages we think are healthy for us.  For example, diet sodas.

Certified Nutritionist Beth Warren says, … Read More

December 2, 2015 |

Do You Know Someone Caught Up in the Predatory Lending Trap?

The Washington Post reported on this major problem of predatory lending. These are typically small loans aimed at unsophisticated borrowers that include payday loans secured against a borrower’s paycheck, title loans typically secured against a vehicle, or an open-end … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

Are You Trying to Achieve Your Financial Goals All Alone?

Many people set financial goals and struggle to keep them because they are trying to do it all themselves.

I refer you to Solomon who long ago gave us this helpful advice in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

“Two are better than … Read More

November 30, 2015 |

Are There Hidden Reasons You May Be Spending Too Much?

The Wall Street Journal published an article with research suggesting we tend to spend too much for less than obvious reasons. I thought it contained some worthwhile insights.

First, the research found that many folks are terrible at estimating future … Read More

November 27, 2015 |

Thanksgiving Day

In early autumn of 1621, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their successful harvest, as was the English custom.

That celebration is remembered as the “First Thanksgiving in Plymouth.” There are only two primary source descriptions of the events of the … Read More

November 25, 2015 |

Are Your Adult Kids Still Living in the Basement?

Despite an improving job market, more millennials are moving back home with their parents – and staying longer. A third of 18- to 34-year-olds are living with their families — more than during the Great Recession, according to a recent … Read More

November 24, 2015 |

Did You Know That Getting Rid of Greed Will Help You Prosper?

Proverbs 28:25 says,

“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.”

This is an interesting verse because it clearly implicates greed as placing trust in our possessions and ourselves. Now, I hope you can … Read More

November 20, 2015 |

Marriage is Good for Our Financial Well-Being!

Contrary to the popular myth that it is too expensive to get married and better to just live together, the data completely exposes the truth that marriage improves our financial health. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal … Read More

November 19, 2015 |

Do You Save Pennies? Today a Sweet Lesson for Us All

USA Today had a great story about Otha Anders of Ruston, LA who saved his first penny more than 45 years ago when he found it on the ground.

The coin reminded him to pray and give thanks.

“I … Read More

November 18, 2015 |

Do You Struggle with Greed?

Most people would likely answer no to my question.  In fact, a priest once told me that he had never heard anybody in his entire career confess to the sin of coveting or greed.  It is not only a sin … Read More

November 12, 2015 |

Are You in the Top 50% of Wage Earners in the USA?

“Fifty-one percent of working Americans make less than $30,000 a year, new data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows”, according to a recent article at the Daily Caller. “That’s $2,500 a month before taxes and just over the federal poverty … Read More

November 11, 2015 |

Is it Better to Buy or Rent a Home?

Bloomberg Business published a study by Trulia, an on-line residential real estate site, indicating

”low interest rates and home prices knocked down from the housing crisis have made buying a much better deal than renting in virtually all U.S. markets.”

Read More

November 10, 2015 |

Today, I Have a Very Inspiring Financial Story for You

According to NBC news affiliate, WGRZ in Buffalo, NY, “Felimina Rotundo works six days a week washing clothes at a local laundromat, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon” even though she is currently 100 years old!

“Rotundo … Read More

November 6, 2015 |

Beware of Becoming a Financial Pharisee…

In Matthew 23: 23 – 26, Jesus said,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the … Read More

November 3, 2015 |

Have You Heard About China’s Creepy New Citizenship Score?

According to an article in the Weekly Standard, China’s Communist government is rolling out a plan to assign everyone in the country “citizenship scores.” The ACLU reported that, “China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic … Read More

November 2, 2015 |

Today, the 6 Basic Financial Moves Everyone Needs to Make

I am often asked to share basic financial moves.  Here are my top six:

First, make giving to the Lord’s work your top financial priority. The Bible calls us to honor the Lord with the first fruits of … Read More

October 30, 2015 |

I Never Purchase Extended Warranties

I was with a friend from church who was buying some musical equipment for his children. When he got to the place where the cashier made the pitch for the extended warranty plans he said, “Hold on a minute, I … Read More

October 29, 2015 |

What St. Francis Said About Excellence in Your Work

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

Paul said in Colossians … Read More

October 28, 2015 |

What Percentage of Your Income Should You Save?

Americans are currently saving an average of 4% of their annual income.  This is the lowest savings rate for any country in the developed world.  At a seminar I just completed, a participant asked me, “Well then, what is … Read More

October 27, 2015 |

Are You Paying to Have a Checking Account?

According to Bankrate.com the percentage of banks offering free checking with no strings attached fell to 37% in 2015.

A total of 95% of the noninterest-bearing accounts Bankrate surveyed were either free or waive monthly maintenance fees for account holders … Read More

October 23, 2015 |

Six Best Practices For Good Stewards

The Bible makes it clear that the standard for good stewardship is that we are to be both faithful and disciplined.  Here is my list of best practices for good stewards.

  1. Be faithful by honoring God with the first … Read More
October 20, 2015 |

Credit Cards Are Not Evil!

This may surprise you but I carry a credit card, never fail to pay off my balance at the end of the month or pay late fees. For that, Ann and I take advantage of the convenience the card … Read More

October 15, 2015 |

Are You Hedged Against Economic Uncertainties?

While we don’t know the future, it is wise to remain prepared against uncertainties. For instance, you don’t know how long you will be able to stay healthy or if you will experience a job loss.

Further, you should … Read More

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