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Recent Columns

Old-fashioned budgeting helps stop overspending

Published: March 25, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve listened to you for a little while, but I was wondering about the envelope system you recommend. How does it work? Danielle Dear Danielle, Don’t let the word “system” intimidate you. It’s just grandma’s... More 

Sacrifice: Lessons from St. Katharine Drexel

By Sarah Duvall, Published: March 21, 2019   

St. Katharine Drexel, whose feast day was March 3, is one of my most favored Catholic role models. Katharine Drexel was born into a privileged family in Pennsylvania in 1858. Her family was very wealthy and Katharine and her sisters never wanted for anything. She... More 

Campus ministry counteracts college culture

By Olivia Parker, Published: February 22, 2019   

My life has recently been filled with new experiences and environments since starting my first semester of college at the University of Arkansas. I have been immersed in the “college culture” and forced to become independent fairly quickly.... More 

Debt in college: Daughter should take care of payments

Published: February 20, 2019   

Dear Dave, My daughter is in college, and I’ve always warned her to stay away from credit cards. Recently, I learned she got a department store credit card despite my advice. She has stayed within her credit limit, but she has never made any of... More 

Words to ponder: ‘No Fear’ from old T-shirt

By Katherine McWilliams, Published: January 25, 2019   

Skimming through the racks of old T-shirts in my parents’ closet, my eyes briefly land on images of a Lynyrd Skynyrd album cover, various NASCAR racers and Ducks Unlimited magazine covers, before moving onto the next. My mom tells me of the infamous... More 

Catholic education a long-lasting gift, never forgotten

By Theresa Hall, Published: January 24, 2019   

Mom stood on the sidewalk like a plane stewardess directing the seven children exiting the station wagon. Dad came around the rear of the car like a pilot who had just commanded another routine landing for his passengers. A man wearing a hat and overalls... More 

When job changes, make sure to roll 401(k) into an IRA

Published: January 22, 2019   

Dear Dave, What happens to my Roth 401(k) when I change jobs and go to a company that doesn’t offer this type of investment savings account? How should you proceed in this situation? Jamie Dear Jamie, Anytime you leave one company for another,... More 

Catholic education is well worth sacrifices

By Matthew Findlay, Published: December 20, 2018   

My entire life I have been taught by the greatest teacher of all — Jesus — not only in church but in school as well. The underlying mission for all Catholic schools is to provide a safe environment for learning and to strengthen a student’s... More 

Always do what’s best for you, not car dealership

Published: December 18, 2018   

Dear Dave, I’ll be graduating from college with no debt in a couple of weeks, and I have a good job waiting for me in January. During the last few years, I’ve managed to save almost $25,000 from my part-time jobs while in school. My car is... More 

Seven steps to build wealth and give generously

Published: November 29, 2018   

Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1? Samantha Dear Samantha, This is a great question,... More