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Relationships and money

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.

The teacher was wrong

Allison's daughter was given some inaccurate financial information by a college instructor. When Allison asks how to handle the situation, Dave gives her some practical advice and an amusing story regarding one of his own daughters.

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.

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.

No arguments

Ricky and his father have been arguing over what Ricky and his wife want to do with their rental property and their money. Dave says there should be no arguments, because the money and the property don't belong to his dad. He also gives Ricky advice on how to handle the financial side of the equation.

Thankfulness and boundaries

Emily's future in-laws are moving a little too fast and going a bit too far in trying to do nice things for her and their son. Dave doesn't think they're bad folks, just excited about the upcoming marriage. He gives Emily some gentle advice on boundaries and relationships.

Holidays and family

Dave called in from Chicago to ask for advice on handling stressful relationships with his mom and sister over the holidays. Our Dave offered insight and advice on navigating this sticky situation.

Doing the right thing

Carla's son, who is a senior in college, has been misbehaving and acting disrespectful toward his family. She and her husband decided to take strong measures in response, and now she's wondering if they did the right thing. Dave and his guest, Dr. Meg Meeker, reassure Carla that their actions were appropriate - and helpful - in the long run.

Decide with her

Randy has what he thinks is a good idea to help relieve stress in his wife's work life. Dave reminds him that it's really her decision, and that they should talk about it and come to a conclusion together.

Don't argue about it

Michael's mom and dad really got into Dave's plan. They even taught Financial Peace University at their church. Now, they've leased a car, bought a new one on payments and have a bunch of credit cards. Michael doesn't know what has happened, and he wants to help. But Dave says there may be nothing he can do right now.