Personal Finance

Personal Finance

Stick with building that emergency fund

Dear Dave: My husband and I are in our 50s, and we have just $12,000 to pay off before we’re debt-free. We’ve paid off almost $70,000 in debt in the last two years. We would like to buy a house soon, but we know we also need an emergency fund.

Personal Finance

This debt is acceptable

Dear Dave: One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated, too, and he has over $100,000 in student loan debt. They want to get married, so she’s looking for a job. He wants to go to graduate school, and take out more loans to remain a full-time student. The idea of even more debt hanging over their heads really bothers her. Do you have any advice?

Business Columns & Blogs

Check this list if you give or receive a gift card this holiday season

There’s got to be at least one of you reading right now who still doesn’t have a holiday gift picked out. If you’re hitting the stores today, I’d wager a guess that you might end up picking up gift cards. And, I’d be even more willing to bet many of you have received or will receive gift cards this holiday season. According to a holiday shopping survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards are the most popular gift items — 61 percent of those surveyed want them.

Videos

Displaced veterans rejoin the ranks at Idaho cemetery

James Earp, present director of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, and past director Richard Cesler, explain the process for inurnment of the remains of displaced veterans and express their satisfaction that so many volunteers have assisted in the Missing In America Project -- which got its start in Idaho a decade ago.
rehlert@idahostatesman.com
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