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Pay your children commissions, not allowances

Published: March 14, 2017   

Dear Dave, Our son just turned 8 years old. Is it time to start giving him an allowance? Dan Dear Dan, There’s never a time for an allowance, no matter the child’s age. In my mind, that kind of thinking is the best way to plant the seeds... More 

Jesus ‘kills’ our stony hearts, replaces with love

By Peyton Wilson, Published: February 24, 2017   

It was my fourth day in Puebla, Mexico, and the bus I was on shook with the impact of the pot-hole ridden ground so violently I was convinced we would never make it back to our missions center without popping a few tires along the way. The dust that had... More 

Attack the ‘girlfriend debt’ first, then save for house

Published: February 13, 2017   

Dear Dave, I’m 29, and I have no debt. I’ve gotten a good start on my savings and retirement, too. My girlfriend and I plan to get married in the next couple of years, and she has about $90,000 in debt. I’m not paying on her debt yet,... More 

How to choose the best school for your child

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 25, 2017   

This is the time of year when many parents begin to think about choosing a school for their child, whether it is their child’s initial entry into formal education in kindergarten or making a change in the child’s... More 

Being clear with your roommate is not unkind

Published: January 23, 2017   

Dear Dave, My friend and I are roommates, and we’ve always had an agreement that we split each of the bills 50-50. We both work and have decent jobs, but for the last couple of months she’s been really late in paying her half of the bills.... More 

Check your medical coverage first before traveling abroad

Published: December 14, 2016   

Dear Dave, My fiancée and I are planning a Caribbean honeymoon cruise after our wedding. Do you think it would be a good idea to purchase travel medical insurance? Tim Dear Tim, Normally, I would say travel medical insurance falls into the... More 

Stopping human rights abuse in Syria

By U.S. Rep. French Hill, Published: December 12, 2016   

Our Pope Francis has been vocal about the need to stand with oppressed groups throughout the world, especially those like the Christian, Jewish, Yezidi and minority Muslim communities in Iraq and Syria that are being uprooted, subjugated and... More 

This is your first lesson: Learn to build wealth

Published: November 21, 2016   

Dear Dave, I’m a senior in high school, and I have a job after classes and on weekends. I made a down payment of $2,500 on a $7,500 motorcycle last week, because I always wanted to have one before I got out in the real world and had bills and other... More 

When unemployed, do what it takes to lower expenses

Published: October 21, 2016   

Dear Dave, I’m 23, and I lost a good job a few days ago due to layoffs. My wife has been a stay-at-home mom with our 10-month-old daughter, and we have very little in the way of savings. What can we do to keep our heads above water? Seth Dear... More 

The root of the problem is your marriage, not money

Published: September 26, 2016   

Dear Dave, I make $2,100 a month after taxes, and I have accumulated $46,000 in credit card debt. My husband makes more than I do, but he won’t help me. He says I got myself into this mess, so it’s my job to stop being irresponsible and fix... More