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Dave Says: Don't play the timeshare game

Dear Dave, How do you feel about timeshares, and the free trips and dinners they offer as part of their sales pitches? Is it possible to win with these things? – Dan Dear Dan, In m... — Updated 2/19/2020



Dear Dave, I'm beginning to think we got in over our heads with our house. My wife and I make about $125,000 a year combined, but we've never been able to put anything aside for an... — Updated 2/12/2020


Dave Says: Don't let 'little kid' ruin your financial plans

Dear Dave: We're debt-free except for our home, and we'll have our fully funded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses - we've agreed on six months' worth - saved up by... — Updated 2/5/2020


Keep your wallet small and work it into your budget

Dear Dave: I'm trying very hard to get out of debt. I have my beginner emergency fund in place, and I'm living on a monthly budget. Is it OK to include a little wallet cash in my... — Updated 1/29/2020


Dave Says: Stay away from debt consolidation companies

Dear Dave, My wife and I made a resolution this year to pay off $20,000 in credit card debt we've accumulated. I want us to follow your plan, and live on a really tight budget. She... — Updated 1/22/2020


Dave Says: Making resolutions become reality

Dear Dave, My wife and I have our budget ready for next month, and we'll be following your plan in 2020 to pay off debt and get our finances in order. Do you have any tips for... — Updated 1/8/2020


Dave Says: 'Why not just budget and save for holidays?'

Dear Dave, I've never heard you talk about store layaway programs. With Christmas coming, I wanted to ask your opinion of using layaway for buying gifts. Meg Dear Meg, If you know... — Updated 12/18/2019


Dave Says: Should I cash in savings bonds?

Dear Dave, My wife and I are following your plan, and recently we found some old savings bonds that had been given to her by her grandfather when she was a kid. Do you think we shou... — Updated 12/11/2019


Dave Says: Landlords & duplexes

Dear Dave: I'm 23, debt-free, and I've almost got my fully funded emergency fund in place. I was curious about your thoughts on saving up money to buy a duplex, living on one side,... — Updated 12/4/2019


Dave Says: Setting aside money for a wedding

Dear Dave, We recently started following your plan, and it has made a huge difference in our financial outlook and our marriage. When it comes to the Baby Steps, when do you... — Updated 11/27/2019


Don't use emotion to rationalize an upgrade

Dear Dave, My husband will be finishing physician assistant school in December, just a few days before our first baby is due. We've got about $70,000 in student loan debt, and... — Updated 11/20/2019



Q. I've gotten out of debt before following your plan, but I always seem to fall right back in. I find myself spending more than I mean to whenever I go out shopping or running... — Updated 11/13/2019



Dear Dave: Is it OK to give very young children an allowance? - Christie A: Teaching kids there's an emotional connection between work and money is one of the best things you can... — Updated 11/6/2019



Dear Dave, I'm 26 and single, and I have about $35,000 in credit card and student loan debt. I'm only making $20,000 a year right now, but I expect to be making almost $30,000... — Updated 10/30/2019



Dear Dave, What's the best way to talk to a parent, and tell them their career or financial choices aren't working out? My mom and dad divorced a few years ago, and now my mom is... — Updated 10/23/2019


Dave Says: Emergency funds should be kept within reach

Dear Dave, My husband lost his job last week. The good news is we're completely debt-free, and we have a six-month emergency fund saved up. I work part-time, since we have young... — Updated 10/16/2019


Dave Says

Dear Dave, I've heard lots of different theories and recommendations when it comes to paying off debt. Why do you advise paying off debts from smallest to largest? Marlee Dear Marlee, A lot of people wonder the same thing when I... — Updated 10/16/2019


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