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Honesty best financial decision to make in marriage

Published: July 10, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve never hidden debt from my husband, but I do hide money from him on occasion. I don’t hide it for my personal use, but I have been setting money aside for emergencies without his knowledge. He’s not terrible with money,... More 

Temporary: When should I not match my company’s 401K?

Published: June 27, 2019   

Dear Dave, Should I still contribute up to the match to my 401(k) at work, like you recommend, if I’m in the process of trying to get out of debt? Russ Dear Russ, Some people disagree with this stance, but my answer is no. I understand how... More 

Quality marriage means joining finances, sharing goals

Published: May 31, 2019   

Dear Dave, Should my husband and I combine our finances? Jenny Dear Jenny, If you want a quality marriage, the answer is yes. If you want a high probability of building wealth, the answer is yes. I read an article the other day about how you... More 

Faith is not just a seasonal subscription

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: May 23, 2019   

Now that the season of Lent has ended, so have our Lenten promises, and with our Lenten promises, the daily reminder to try and grow closer in your relationship with Christ. Much like New Year’s resolutions, Lenten promises are often forgotten... More 

As door closes on St. Edward School, light will still shine

By Theresa Hall, Published: May 3, 2019   

As I watched the Notre Dame Cathedral fire with sadness, I was reminded of another longstanding institution that suffered a great loss, St. Edward Parish. My relationship with St. Edward School began more than 34 years ago while praying before Mass... More 

It takes true courage to surrender to God

By Sam Stengel, Published: April 26, 2019   

In C. S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters,” the demon named Screwtape writes, “We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice.” The implication of this is that there is also at least one virtue men are always... More 

Cutting up credit cards a step toward building wealth

Published: April 24, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve started following your plan, and I’ve got a beginner emergency fund of $1,000 saved. Now that I’m ready to start paying off debt in Baby Step 2. Do you recommend paying off credit card balances before or after closing... More 

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