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Dear Dave: What do you think about the practice of credit card churning? — Ethan
Dear Ethan: I think it’s a pretty dumb idea. The concept is to run up the balance on one card as high as you can, then flip the balance from card to card in order to get perks like airline miles. But if you want to go through all the trouble and hassle over such a small amount of money, be my guest.
I’ve met thousands of millionaires, and none of them have ever credited their success to credit card churning. Think about it: With all the time you’d spend, and risk you’re taking on a scheme like that, you could actually have made some money.
If you want success, Ethan, you have to mimic what successful people do. This means living on a detailed plan, saving, and investing. — Dave
Dear Dave: Both of our daughters will start college next year. We have $25,000 set aside for each in their custodial accounts, but my financial adviser says we should take the money out because it will keep them from being awarded as much in scholarships and other assistance. What do you think? — John
Dear John: I disagree. It’s like saying you should quit your job to get food stamps. You guys obviously aren’t poor, and any financial adviser who says you need to fake being poor in order to get help is not a person whose advice I want to follow.
When your kids apply for scholarships and assistance, your entire financial picture will be assessed. More funding goes to kids from poor families than rich ones, but that’s only fair. Chances are, you fall somewhere in the upper-middle portion of the scale.
But no, I wouldn’t move the money or try to hide it. It’s just not honest to try and act like you’re poor when you’re not. I don’t believe in that kind of stuff. — Dave
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Lori Brothers: Body awareness can help manage stress
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Mitchel Olszak: Snooping threat to the free press
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Culinary Conversation: A day in France— or close to it
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Dave Ramsey: Avoid college loans if you can
“Dave Says" is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey's radio program, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
John K. Manna: New legislative districts give advantage to local lawmakers
We finally have a map, and area state legislators have to be gushing with joy. The map, which reshapes state House and Senate districts in Pennsylvania, gained the approval of the state Supreme Court this week.
Mitchel Olszak: Toomey takes a chance on guns
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John K. Manna: Shortfall in state tax collections means painful decisions lie ahead
I don’t deny that there are really smart people in Harrisburg who deal with the state’s budget and taxes. But I have to wonder what any of them — including the governor — think when it comes to taxes.
Culinary Conversation: Weeding out cupcake recipes
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Culinary Conversation: Easy selections lighten up your day
A highlight of my working day is receiving a contribution to Culinary Conversation. Anita Guyton, a Volant shop owner, was kind enough to pass along two recipes she obtained from the back of a can of tomatoes — black bean salsa and cheese grits.
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