Chuck Bentley

CP Guest Contributor

Ask Chuck: Stock Market Is Booming. Should I Invest?

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 advantage of the energy in the stock market?

Ask Chuck: Can I Afford to Have Kids?

Dear Chuck: My husband and I are talking about starting a family, and to be honest, I'm afraid to do it. We have the usual bills and some credit card debt, and whenever I see stories about how expensive kids can be, I feel so intimidated.

Ask Chuck: HELP! I'm Not Ready for the Holidays!

Dear Chuck, I cannot believe that it's Thanksgiving week, and Christmas coming in weeks. Most of the time, I feel more stressed than thankful at this time of year (unless you count how thankful I feel when it's all over!) Have any advice about making Christmas more about Jesus' birthday and less about a shop-til-you-drop time of year?!

Ask Chuck: 8 Budget Hacks to Save Over $3,600

Dear Chuck: I've seen that you really encourage people to save $1,000 that they don't touch at all except for extreme emergencies, but seriously, I CAN'T DO IT! I need some advice on where to cut because I'm so close to the edge. Got any ideas?

Ask Chuck: Blowing a $4 Million Inheritance?

Dear Chuck, I read a story recently in the Washington Post about a frugal librarian who drove an old car, carried his lunch, and spent next to nothing on himself, making it possible for him to save $4 million that he donated to the school he loved, the University of New Hampshire, upon his death. But now there is a bit of controversy about how the money is being spent.

Ask Chuck: Should I Buy a Car on Craigslist?

Dear Chuck, Should I buy a car from Craigslist? There seems to be a lot of great deals from private sellers. And I would love to pay cash rather than have a car payment. But the process seems so daunting. Many of the posts look like scams, and most sellers say "cash only" but I don't want to carry that much cash. Is it worth the trouble?