Dave says, Finance column 01.09.20

Dear Dave, My wife and I have our budget ready for next month, and we’ll be following your plan in 2020 to pay off debt and get our finances in order. Do you have any tips for setting and sticking to goals in general? Rick Dear Rick, That’s a fantastic goal. Living on a monthly […]

House passes Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Por Chara On Dec. 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, a bill designed to grant legal status to undocumented farm workers in the United States, multiple media outlets reported. Receiving bipartisan support, the bill passed 260-165. It has moved from the House to the Senate, where it […]

Café Corazon opens in Westport

By Roberta Pardo Café Corazon is the newest coffee shop in Kansas City, Missouri’s Westport area trying to spread Hispanic culture — specifically, South American culture. Miel Castagna-Herrera, owner of Café Corazon, realized there was no coffee shop that served mate, a traditional beverage from southern South America. Castagna-Herrera, whose Argentinian father had taught her […]

Dave says, Finance column 10.31.19

Dear Dave, Is it okay to give very young children an allowance? Christie Dear Christie, Teaching kids there’s an emotional connection between work and money is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Once your kids are old enough to do a few simple chores around the house, they’re old enough […]

Dave says: Finance Column 10.24.19

Dear Dave, What’s the best way to talk to a parent, and tell them their career or financial choices aren’t working out? My mom and dad divorced a few years ago, and now my mom is having money problems. She bought some rental properties after the divorce with the idea becoming a landlord and generating […]

Mattel releases new gender-neutral toys

By Roberta Pardo Mattel is releasing dolls that let kids form the gender expression of the toy themselves. The doll is fully gender-neutral, allowing kids to accessorize it to be a boy, a girl, neither or both. Mattel has released six versions of the doll with different skin tones, hairstyles and clothes through its new […]

3 Lies About Car Payments                

Car payments are so prevalent in society today that people think they’re a normal part of life. But if you took the average car payment of $545 and invested it into a Roth IRA instead, 30 years later you’d be sitting on a cool $1.4 million. Look, I like my car, too—but not that much! […]

Are You Self-Employed? Know What Taxes You Must Pay

Report all income, pay required taxes to maximize Social Security benefits If you are a contracted worker or otherwise self-employed and don’t report all of your income and pay quarterly estimated taxes and self-employment tax, you may get a lower Social Security retirement benefit when the time comes to collect. “Benefits are based on your […]

Here’s why you need a will, and how to get one

By Chris Hogan We all want to do nice things for our loved ones. We go on family trips and celebrate life›s wins together. It›s sometimes difficult for us to consider the bad things that can happen in life, but we still have to be prepared. That›s why having a will is so important!  Not […]

Dear Dave: 09.05.19

Dear Dave, Our son is 27, and he has a good job making $55,000 a year. Recently, we learned he financed an expensive car he’s now upside down on. In addition, he has accumulated over $15,000 in credit card debt. He lives in a small town, and only pays $650 a month in rent, but […]