Dear Dave,

I'd like to send my kids to a private Christian school, and they would begin classes the same month we'll finally be out of debt. We would have to pay this out over the course of the school year, so would you consider this to be an investment or more debt?


Dear Ed,

I don't borrow money whether it's an investment or not. But lots of private schools have tuition plans where you don't have to borrow money, and you just make two or three payments during the academic year.

I don't know if I would really call that a debt, because you can always take the child out of the school if you see you can't make the payment. Just make sure you carefully look over any contract involved and know what you're getting into before you sign up for the ride.

You don't want to obligate yourself to money you don't have, especially when you've worked so hard to get out of debt. Just save up, and have a place in your budget for tuition.


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I’m debt-free except for my home, and I’ll have that paid off in about 12 months. I currently make $60,000 a year and live in an area of Florida that is designated a flood plain,

because a river that empties into Tampa Bay runs behind my home. Currently, I’m paying $1,070 a month for flood insurance. My house is worth $325,000, and water has only come up into

the yard twice in over 20 years. Since I’m doing pretty well financially, do you think I need to keep my flood insurance policy?


Dear Trudy,

From what you’ve told me about the history of your property, it sounds like your biggest concern might be if a hurricane caused a backwash in your area. Insurance is already pretty

tough in Florida when it comes to those kinds of things, but you don’t want to run the risk of your house getting mowed down and losing everything.

If I were in your shoes, I think I’d like the protection of flood insurance. What you’re paying for the policy is such a small percentage of your world, compared to the value of your

home and your income. Keep the coverage, Trudy!