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?
What does the Bible have to say about how to have an uncomfortable conversation about compensation? Is it more "Christian" to take a lower salary and give up worldly riches?
Dear Chuck, With Valentine's Day approaching, I wonder if it's really necessary to spend a lot of money on a holiday that feels a bit made up. I'm feeling manipulated but I don't want to disappoint my wife. Is Valentine's Day worth celebrating, and how much is too much?
I don't have any other way of paying off these credit cards. What should I do? Please help.
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.
Dear Chuck, I read that Donald Trump will be the richest president ever to take office, and that his cabinet, which is made up of a lot of successful businessmen and women, will also be the wealthiest group ever assembled. Do you think that is a problem?
I know that God wants us to work, but what does He say about how to handle a difficult group of people, not just a job?
Dear Chuck, I read your column about making New Year's resolutions, and I've made mine: Get out of debt. It's not my first attempt, but I'm hopeful that this time I can do it.
Dear Chuck, I'm closing out my year, thinking of goals for 2017. Do you think it's a biblical idea to make resolutions? And if so, do you have any advice on how to make resolutions that I can actually keep?
My mail and email are full of requests for end-of-year donations, and there are so many good causes. But it's hard to balance how to give at a time of year when I'm shopping for so many.
Dear Chuck, I've been trying to talk to my children about Christian values and ethics. In the Bible, Jesus always brings simple truth into complicated situations, and I am trying to teach my kids to do the same.
Dear Chuck, My spouse and I are on the opposite sides of Christmas. He's kind of an Ebenezer Scrooge, doesn't want to spend any money and thinks most decorating is a waste of time and resources, but I love the excitement of the season, and gift giving is a way I like to show my affection.
Dear Chuck, My father recently passed away in an accident and a whole life insurance policy he had is providing some financial relief to my mother, though unlike some other policies they had, it did not pay more for an accidental death.
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?!
Dear Chuck, I'm in a company where it feels to me that people who are good at flattering the boss – but not necessarily are good at their jobs — get promoted, while more talented people get ignored or passed over.
Dear Chuck, My wife and I are struggling with the costs of our children's extracurricular activities, which seem to be getting more expensive all the time.
Dear Chuck, With just days to go until the election and so much fighting on all sides, I wonder if the Bible has anything to say to us about how to govern when this mess is over. Where do we go from here to create a fiscally sound government?
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?
Maybe if you have millions of dollars, divorce is not a big deal. Do you think that with lots of money, divorce can work out well?
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.
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?
Dear Chuck, My elderly parents are considering a reverse mortgage because they are struggling on a fixed income. Is that a good idea? Could it do more harm than good?
Dear Chuck, I'm trying to fit in to a new workplace, and I'm on the outside of a lot of the conversations and office gossip. I want to join in, but sometimes the talk gets so hurtful or goes a direction I just don't want to follow. Does the Bible have anything to say about how to talk to people in my office?
Dear Chuck, With great jobs so scarce, I get nervous going into an interview. I'm not sure how to prepare or what to say to stand out from the crowd. What do you recommend?
Dear Chuck, What are the rules when a bank repossesses your car? Do you still have to pay them what you owe and can they garnish your wages for payment? I have a friend who has just turned her life over to Christ and over the years she has made many, many bad decisions, and her financial situation is overwhelming.