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Affluent Christian Investor | August 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

April 17, 2017 |

Vacations Can Be Financially Devastating: Six Ways to Avoid the Disaster

Are you planning a summer vacation?

Allianz Travel Insurance reported that while fewer Americans planned to take a summer vacation in 2016, they would still spend $1,800 on average, making the total cost of summer vacation totaling nearly $90 billion.

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April 14, 2017 |

Are We Supposed to Retire?

That’s a good question. Age sneaks up on us, and retirement is a chapter in life that many are unprepared for.

People in the world believe retirement is the time in life to withdraw from the demands of work … Read More

April 13, 2017 |

How Easter Has Warped Into a Big Business and What You Can Do About That

We recognize good Friday tomorrow and Easter this Sunday. Regardless of how you choose to observe this holiday, may Christ be the center of your celebration.

The estimated spending on all Easter-related goods for 2016 was $14.6 billion. Of … Read More

April 12, 2017 |

Cut Up Your Credit Cards? 3 Better Ideas For Getting Out of Debt


Dear Chuck,

Credit cards are killing me, and it feels like getting a handle on money is some kind of 12-step program. Where do I begin?

Feeling Overwhelmed.

Dear Overwhelmed,

Well, I have some good news and bad … Read More

April 11, 2017 |

3 Ways to Grow as a Freelancer

More than ⅓ of our workforce are freelancers, according to the research firm Edelman Berland. That is 54 million Americans who have an independent approach to their employment.

A person who does freelance or contract work is defined as … Read More

April 10, 2017 |

When to Take Social Security Benefits

The consequences of the onset of Social Security benefits are enormous. Recent reports by Sandra Block, at and Viewpoints at confirm this.

You are eligible for benefits if you’ve worked a minimum of 10 years in positions covered … Read More

April 7, 2017 |

5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Day

Dear Chuck,

Once again, tax day is almost here, and even though it’s a little later than usual, on Tuesday, April 18, I’m still not ready. Any tips for me to avoid mistakes and make this as painless as … Read More

April 6, 2017 |

5 Most Important Things to Remember About Filing Your Taxes This Year

The good news about filing taxes is that this year they’re not due until April 18th. You get 3 extra days!

If you want to avoid paying unnecessary taxes you’ll have to do some planning.

1. Keep track of qualified … Read More

April 5, 2017 |

Here’s One of the Smartest Things You Can Do With Your Tax Refund

Have you spent your tax refund yet? If not, you need to hear this story!

Fox5 Atlanta recently reported that Christina Knaack, a single mother of two little girls, received a large tax refund and prepaid her rent for the year. … Read More

April 4, 2017 |

Don’t Want to Worry About Deductions? Remember These 3 Things

Are you a tax-filing procrastinator? This year you’ve got 3 extra days!

With tax season upon us, here are some more tips for filing honestly and accurately, while getting the most out of your deductions.

Itemizing may take more time, … Read More

April 3, 2017 |

4 Tips for Filing Your Taxes Without Losing Sleep

According to J. Paul Getty, “If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead — if you strike oil.”

Few of us will strike oil, but most of us file tax returns. To make … Read More

March 31, 2017 |

New App Analyzes All Your Accounts, Gives Advice to Improve Financial Health


I was recently informed of a new app called Clarity Money. Basically, it connects to all of your accounts and gives recommendations that can improve your financial health.

With this cutting edge app, you can cancel subscriptions, lower … Read More

March 30, 2017 |

4 Tips to Raise Your Children to Become Financially Independent

Third John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in the Truth.” Amen to that!  I would add my own corollary. I have no greater relief than to see my children able to pay … Read More

March 28, 2017 |

How to Be Diligent About Choosing a Mechanic and Maintaining Your Car

According to AAA, 35% of the drivers in America have skipped or delayed a recommended service or repair. And, yet, the most effective way to keep repair costs down is to avoid them in the first place.

I’ve got … Read More

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 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.

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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 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

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