With December now officially underway, many households are likely prepping and planning for the holiday festivities (and foods) that typically come with the last month of the year.
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? You might be thinking, “Nope.
Do what’s best for you Dear Dave,
How do we measure the value of a single life? It’s an impossible task—too subjective, individual, and too abstract.
Q: Why do you support the First Step Act?
Getting ready for the Baby Steps 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?

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Dear Editor, My D-day survivor father supported Eisenhower. I remember my childhood “I like Ike” campaign button and for years we identified with the GOP. This is the 1956 Republican Platform: • Provide federal assistance to low-income communities • Protect Social Security • Provide asylum for...
“Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do” QUESTION: I have a degree in nutrition science, but for the last 10 years I’ve worked as the food service manager in a hospital. I’m really burned out in this job, but I still want to help people. Ideally, I’d like to pursue an...
October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and it’s no wonder we’re dedicating a whole month to celebrate. There are 12.3 million women-owned businesses, and over 30 million Americans working as independent workers or “solopreneurs.” With the endless free social media and selling platforms...
Mortgage disability insurance? Dear Dave, If someone is following your plan, is it a good idea to get mortgage disability insurance during Baby Step 2? Craig Dear Craig, No, it is not. Mortgage disability insurance is a gimmick, and I would never recommend it to anyone. I think I know where...
It is likely that many of those reading this have, at some point or another, asked themselves the question: “What would I do if I had a billion dollars?” Or some variation to that extent. I have a controversial opinion . . . I do not want to be a billionaire. In fact, I don’t want there to be any...
by Conrad Bascom How supremely ironic is it that the latest power-player on the Hill to be embroiled in a sex scandal stemming from his past is a former underling of Kenneth Star and one of the co-conspirators in the investigation into the Clinton/ Lewinsky tryst that resulted in the failed...
Stick with the plan Dear Dave, I follow your advice and live on a budget, but it’s really hard to save up for a down payment on a house because property is so expensive here in New York. My family in Indiana says I should buy a cheap property there, then fix it up and sell it to get the money I...
Warning (Mom and godmother): You may cry. Everyone else . . . You’re probably okay. If you happened to read my column from last week, this is somewhat of a branch off of that, as I will be discussing health—my personal health. I mentioned my family history of autoimmune disease (on my maternal...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic On Sunday, Sept. 23 and Monday, Sept. 24, two separate campaigns for national office stopped off at Waldorf University’s Salveson Ballroom in Forest City to make their respective pitches to the public. First up was Andrew Yang—early-bird and progressive...
Sell personal car to help pay business debt? Dear Dave, My husband started his own one-man, small business as a handyman a little less than a year ago. He has netted $17,000 in that time, but the business has about $13,000 worth of debt. We’ve always kept personal finances and business separate,...

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