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Mike Pence's Money-Saving Marriage Tip

Originally posted on the Christian Post on April 7

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence has come under fire after a Washington Post profile of his wife Karen reported that the Vice President does not go out to dinner alone with any women, other than his wife, and that he does not go to events with alcohol without his wife along as well. I know that that cost of divorce can be high, but do you think this is necessary, in this day and age?

Just Curious

Dear Curious,

It is hard to imagine that some found Vice President Pence’s practice offensive and juvenile; however, his critics found a way!

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Preparing for Easter

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 that, the amount spent on candy alone was estimated to be $2.1 billion. That’s a lot of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and peeps! Add in clothes, food, flowers, gifts, decorations, cards, and miscellaneous items, and you can see how this Christian holiday has warped into big business.

Over 300 years ago, Isaac Watts wrote the hymn,When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”. It’s one of my favorite hymns because it’s filled with the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice and the recognition of our need for Him.

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7 Ways to Save on Baby Costs

There are some alarming statistics about how much it costs to raise a child from birth to adulthood. Most of these numbers land somewhere in the $235,000 range, but that can be somewhat misleading.

Nevertheless, ask any parent if having a baby is cheap, and they’ll probably give you a nervous, exhausted laugh. Babies are expensive! On average, it costs $60 a month for baby clothes (with your first child). The average child will use somewhere around 3,360 disposable diapers in their first year of life alone, adding up to over $800 annually.

Beyond clothes and diapers, other major expenses include strollers and car seats, dirty-diaper-disposers, diaper bags, and a plethora of other baby gear. While there are some costs that you probably can’t avoid (doctor visits, bottles, etc.), Americans do tend to overspend when it comes to our kids.

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What Kind of Gas Does Your Car Really Need?

Did you know Americans waste billions of dollars each year thinking they will improve fuel economy?

The AAA Premium Fuel Omnibus Survey estimates that 2.1 billion
dollars are wasted each year by drivers buying premium gas for cars designed to run on regular. My own wife bought into the premium myth for years!

Triple A (AAA) reports that premium gas is used in high-performance engines that are designed to operate on 93 octane fuel. Vehicles engineered to run on regular gas of 87 octane, cannot take advantage of the higher octane rating to produce more horsepower.

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Can You Actually Pay for Your Phone?

It’s been said, that today, if our phones fall down, we panic. If our friend falls down, we laugh.

If you’ve ever dropped your cell phone, then perhaps you can identify with that panic feeling!

Assurant is one of the world’s leading providers of mobile phone protection plans.

CEO, Alan Colberg, stated on Bloomberg TV that he believes his services are likely to surge in demand as carriers charge customers more to replace their devices because, “The reality is, half of Americans can’t afford to write a $500 check.”

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5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Day

Originally posted on the Christian Post on April 7

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

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 possible?

Tense about Taxes

Dear Tense,

With three extra days to file beyond the traditional April 15th deadline this year, let’s be sure we don’t make careless mistakes. Beyond the 5 steps I’ll explain below, my wife and I use these 8 tips to keep our filing is simple and stress-free every year. They can help you get ready, even if you’re running behind schedule.

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Why You Should Read

Martin Luther once said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Eric Metaxas adds, “If you want to change your world, pick up a book and read.”

Warren Buffet attributes his success to reading...500 pages a day!
He says reading causes knowledge to accumulate like compound interest. But, not many people follow his advice.

Charles Chu, at QZ.com, tells how he tried. He admits to not making 500 pages a day, but he read 400 books in 2 years.

And, the result?

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The Secret to a Fulfilling Life

“How do you spell ‘love’?” asked Piglet. “You don’t spell it….you feel it.” answered Pooh

Pooh knew what he was talking about! But, it took Harvard 75 years to prove it.

Melanie Curtin at Inc.com recently reported on the secret to leading a fulfilling life.

Harvard’s (Grant and Glueck) study tracked the physical and emotional wellbeing of poor men growing up in Boston and male graduates from Harvard. It required multiple generations of researchers, analysis of blood samples, brain scans, self-reported surveys and interactions with the men to compile their findings.

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8 Indicators You Should Work From Home

Do you dream of working from home?

Dell Corporation has a company statement that reads, “Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”

Yes, traditional employment has certainly changed.

According to Kate Ashford, a Forbes Contributor, there are 8 ways to determine if you should work remotely.

1. You must be a self-starter, not dependent on others to meet deadlines.

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Creative Ideas to Use 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. A photo of the receipt from her landlord has gone viral on Facebook.

She has been clean from drug addiction for 3 years, and shared her post hoping that a recovering addict would see it and believe that life off the streets is possible. WOW!

Although many landlords will not allow prepayments, it is worth exploring. If you have established a good reputation, your landlord may even grant a discount for paying in advance. It is a great way to secure a roof over your head and give some flexibility in the budget.

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