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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 

‘Tiny living’ is popular, but isn’t worth all the risks

Published: August 24, 2016   

Dear Dave, What is your opinion on paying cash for a “tiny house”? Wes Dear Wes, This may be a really un-hip or un-cool thing to say, but I wouldn’t buy a tiny house at all. Paying cash for something like that might make the move smarter,... More 

Decide now how much you need in your retirement account

Published: July 27, 2016   

Dear Dave, I make $80,000 a year, and I was wondering if there’s an easy way to determine how much money a person would need to live comfortably after retirement. John Dear John,   A commonsense rule of thumb, if you’ve got... More 

Family comes first and then ‘outrageous generosity’

Published: June 21, 2016   

Dear Dave, I’ve heard you talk about the importance of giving using the phrase “outrageous generosity.” But at what point does outrageous generosity become foolish overspending? Josiah Dear Josiah, This is a good question. Your... More