Dave Says: Fight back against fraud

Dear Dave, We recently learned that my wife’s ex-husband used her social security number to establish several credit card accounts. We’ve written and called the credit card companies, and we’re disputing the charges, but is there anything else we can do to protect ourselves and put an end to this? Ken   Dear Ken, You…MORE

Dave Says: Insurance and Savings

Dear Dave, I just realized our insurance has a health savings account (HSA) option. We’ve considered dropping this insurance soon and going to a cheaper Christian medical sharing program. We’ve got about $19,000 in debt between credit cards and a car payment, and we’re on Baby Step 2 of your plan. Our thought was to…MORE

Dave Says: Relationships and money

Dear Dave, My father-in-law wants to help us with our mortgage. We’ve been working hard to pay off our home early, and we’ve reduced what we owe to around $35,000. His idea is to pay off the remainder, then let us pay him back over time. In the past, he has loaned us much smaller…MORE

Dave Says: A Teachable Moment

Dear Dave, My mom is single, and she co-signed on my student loans for college. Would it affect her credit if I couldn’t or didn’t make the payments? Terri   Dear Terri, Yes, it would. The truth is, your mom shouldn’t have co-signed for you in the first place. There’s only one reason lenders want…MORE

Take Your Side Hustle Full Time This Year

Follow These 5 Steps to Take Your Side Hustle Full Time This Year By Christy Wright   Is your side hustle starting to feel like a second full-time job? Or maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom whose home-based business is taking off, and you want to dedicate more time to it. You’re not alone. According to a…MORE

Dave Says: Let her take care of the payments

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 the payments. At this point, she owes about $3,500. She’s a good…MORE

Dave Says: You need actions, not words

Dear Dave, My husband and I have about $20,000 in credit card debt, plus payments on a new truck. We also have a camper he bought before we got married that we’re still making payments on. I recently received a $50,000 inheritance, and I’d like to use that money to help get us out of…MORE

Dave Says: Paid In Full

Dear Dave, I’ve been late on a credit card bill several times, and it was turned over to a collection agency. They have offered a couple of different payment options. If I agree to one of these, does that mean the original creditor gets paid, too? Carter   Dear Carter, A collection agency either owns…MORE

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Dave Says: Don’t go too far

Dave Says: Don’t go too far

Do you think it would be an appropriate real-world exercise if we started charging our 17-year-old son a very small amount in rent each month to prepare him for life when he leaves home?