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Are you guilty of buying things you don’t need? Are your closets full? Maybe you get a rush shopping?

All of us have probably purchased something we didn’t need. But, do you know why? Lauren Greutman, gives reasons in an article she wrote for the Huffington Post. Here are a few she discovered, with my solutions to the problem.

You want to impress people.

Solution: Find your true identity in Christ. Greed and pride can stunt your character and will keep you in bondage.

You’re in the habit.

Solution: In just 21 days you can break the shopping habit and develop a savings habit instead. Only go to the store if necessary and then, with a list. Avoid any impulse purchases. Pray before you go to avoid temptation.

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Our world teaches that more is better. But 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 skills that those with much don’t have the opportunity to learn; things like sewing, cooking, cleaning, and home and auto repairs.

You learn how to manage time when you must hold down several jobs. You trade favors with friends and family rather than just buying what you need.

You learn to make do with what you have. You know how to live without things others consider necessities.

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Thinking about selling your home? It may sound crazy, but there are good reasons to list during the holidays!

Recently I shared some good reasons to buy a home at year end. Today, I want to share why it is good to list your home for sale during November and December.

Three years ago, we sold our home in November after listing it with Nikki Bonds. She is a successful realtor with some good reasons to list your home during the holidays. See if you’re convinced!

First, people who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers. Since there are fewer houses to choose from now and less competition, that means more money for you.

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Have you ever wanted to sell things through websites like Craigslist, but been afraid to try it?

Chuck Bentley on 6/8/16 8:00 AM

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Recently someone who wanted to make a little extra money selling things online expressed some fear of using Craigslist – especially after seeing stories of people killed when they show up to make a purchase. Uh, yeah. I get their concern for sure. Today, I have a few tips. 

It’s very appropriate to be concerned about any exchange on the Internet. Just because we are Christians, and hope for the best, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be wise about how we conduct business.

Here’s what I recommend when buying or selling online.

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Beware of Craig’s List Scams!

Chuck Bentley on 4/29/16 9:00 AM

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Originally posted at Christian Post April 29, 2016.

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,

I’m a little afraid of selling things on the Internet. This month a man was sentenced to life in prison for helping his stepsister beat to death a man she met on Craigslist that she intended to rob. She’s in prison now too. So many people I know have made a lot money by selling things on the website or buying things at what seems to me to be an international garage sale, but I am a little afraid to use it because of all the stories you read like this one. I know Crown advises people to simplify and to sell things to downsize and earn money when possible, but do you think it is safe to use it?

Scared of the Worldwide Web

Dear Scared,

It’s very appropriate to be concerned about any exchange on the Internet, whether it’s money or just information on Craigslist or any other site. Just because we are Christians, and hope for the best, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to be wise about how we conduct business. In Matthew 10:16, Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Here are a few tips that I recommend when using such a service.

  1. Research what you’re buying or selling and stand your ground. You really need to know the value of things to get a good exchange. Too often people become deceived by a sales pitch or are cleverly discouraged from asking for something’s true worth. Negotiating is part of the sales process and is as old as time, but you need to understand what you have or what you want. Proverbs 20:14 notes the truth about such exchanges, “’It's no good, it's no good!’ says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.”
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