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Affluent Investor | June 23, 2017

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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

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 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 … 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 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

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