Question: Shayla in Texas is 28 and on Baby Step 2. She is a single mom who gets child support of $800 a month. She doesn't use it all and keeps it separate from her money. Is it all right to fully put that money into her budget?
Dave Ramsey's advice: I appreciate you being a mom who is concerned about taking care of her baby before anything else. I would also remind you that you already support this child. You pay rent and utilities, give her rides to school and pay for the food that she eats. You are supporting her, so I have no moral issue with you making the child support part of your income and running the household in the best interest of you and your daughter.
If you are misbehaving with money and doing drugs or spending it on new dresses, then we have another issue. But you have the right spirit, so I have no problem with you combining that money into your full budget.
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