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Let kids make money mistakes (and learn from them)

Published: January 26, 2021   

Dear Dave, We just started teaching our seven-year-old about money. He’s very eager to learn, and he seems to be grasping the basic ideas quickly. He’s young, though, and of course, he makes mistakes from time to time. Should we step in and... More 

When is it time to push pause button on paying off debts?

Published: January 8, 2021   

Dear Dave, I’ve been following your plan, but recently I experienced a medical emergency. I’m about halfway through Baby Step 2 and paying off my debts using the debt snowball system. Considering the circumstances, should I stop doing the... More 

What does the future hold? God only knows

By Anthony Hailey, Published: December 16, 2020   

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” -- Frida Kahlo We might not have seen or heard this exact saying by Kahlo, but we should know its meaning. We do not know... More 

Rust bucket: Save to get a better used car with cash

Published: December 16, 2020   

Dear Dave, I let my fiancée use my car to get back and forth to work, and it has a lot of miles on it and a few mechanical issues. The money we’ve put into the car to fix the issues is about the same or more than the car is actually worth.... More 

Jobless before Christmas: Hope can’t be taken from you

Published: December 9, 2020   

Dear Dave, I lost my job a few days ago. We had an idea cuts were coming, but I thought it wouldn’t happen until well into the new year. My wife works, so that’s a good thing, and we’re both in our thirties. Do you have any advice for... More 

What is most important when talking to debt collectors?

Published: November 25, 2020   

Dear Dave, Do you have suggestions on how to interact with debt collectors? Sometimes they are reasonable and easy to work with, but others are rude and pushy. Your advice would be appreciated. Paul Dear Paul, You’ll run into all sorts of... More 

Is God taking revenge? Don’t believe lies

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: November 23, 2020   

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on social media from a Christian man who claimed that the reason this year has been so difficult is because humankind is being punished for straying away from God. Although many people rushed to defend or condemn the man’s... More 

Planting, harvesting, the work of God’s kingdom

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: November 13, 2020   

There is something mysterious about the kingdom of God. Jesus describes it this way: “It is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mark 4:27)... More 

No savings: Will my mother-in-law be OK in the future?

Published: November 12, 2020   

Dear Dave, My mother-in-law is 60. She works hard and has no debt, but she also has no savings or retirement accounts. However, she owns a couple of paid-for rental properties that are worth about $350,000 each, and her home is worth $700,000. What can... More 

Where is your legacy drawer and what is inside?

Published: October 29, 2020   

Dear Dave, A friend recently told me about you and your teachings about money. While we were talking, she mentioned something called a “legacy drawer” for important papers. Can you explain more about this? Anna Dear Anna, Simply put,... More