Relationships

Girlfriend debt account

James has no debt, and he's also gotten a good start on saving and retirement. He and his girlfriend are planning to get married soon, and she has about $90,000 in debt. She wants to get out of debt, and is trying to pay it off, so James asks Dave if he should start putting money aside to help with the debt after they're married.

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To be unclear is to be unkind

Alice's roommate says she's broke, and this has caused her to fall behind paying her half of the bills. Dave says Alice can offer to help her friend manage money better, but he advises Alice to be firm about the situation.

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It's okay to take control

Meghan's husband is a recovering addict, and she wants to know how they should handle their finances. Dave offers her some advice and encouragement for this difficult situation.

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Talk about boundaries

Christina and her husband are trying to get control of their finances, and they're becoming increasingly frustrated with her father. She says he thinks they're obligated to buy him whatever he wants when they go to the store together. Dave says Christina needs to have a talk with her father about boundaries.

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