Major Purchases: The First Years

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The Big Car Debate

Hi everybody! We are having a pretty big argument in my house, and I would love your input. When my daughter got her drivers license she drove my car some, and then my nephew sold me his car for $200 because he was getting a new one. The car was old and nothing fancy, but I figured since it was her first car and I was paying for it, it should be good enough to get her to and from school and she should appreciate having it. She didn't have a job at the time, but she had a pretty heavy class load at school so we agreed that if she kept her...


First Home Purchase

Hi Mamas! It's a very exciting time as I am looking to purchase my first...


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Husband Wants to Buy a House Immediately

Hi All, My husband, young children, and I must move in a few months (have to leave campus housing). We are in our 40s, my husband is self-employed and can work anywhere, and I will soon be unemployed. My husband wants to immediately buy a house to keep for life within ten miles of both sets of grandparents, who are now 15-30 miles from us. That would be fine if housing costs in this region weren't very high, my husband's income was secure, I could get a job within a reasonable distance from home (<30 miles?), and my kids could attend a...


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College Savings 101

As my girls get older, I can't help but worry about college expenses for 2 girls. What are your plans for college financing? How many kids do you have? Are you putting $ away monthly? Can I be so bold to ask how much? Taboo topic in person. Anyone seen the documentary, Ivory Tower? Excellent movie on the business on college admissions, student loans and the personal and financial cost of a 4 year degree.


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Step Daughter Getting Married

My step daughter is getting married in September. She will graduate in June, turn 19 in August and get married in September. I am really glad that she has decided to get married instead of just live with the guy. Her mom has told her that she will pay for the wedding. My husband and I have been together since she was about 7 and we paid $380 a month until she moved in with us about a year ago. Her mom married a wealthy man so the child support she got went into an account for my step daughter so that is why she is agreeing to pay for it....


College Savings 101

As my girls get older, I can't help but worry about college expenses for 2...