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December 15, 2015 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Dave Says Is Loaning Or Giving Helping? By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, The guy who has been my best friend since grade school recently asked me to loan him $5,000. All I have in savings in $5,000, but I would be willing to give him $1,000. The problem is that while he’s a great friend with a good heart, he’s always getting himself into binds when it comes to money. Do you think I should give him $1,000? —Israel Dear Israel, If I were in your shoes, and I was going to give this guy a fifth of everything I had, I’d want to know it was going to save his life. From what you’ve said, it sounds like he’s just out of control with his money while you’re trying to save. That being the case, I’m not sure you’d really be helping him. If you want to gift your friend some money, then do it. But there’s no way I’d tell you to give him everything you’ve managed to save. And I certainly wouldn’t do it as a loan. Ask yourself if you believe deep down in your heart that giving this guy $1,000 would truly be a blessing Dave Ramsey your friendship. —Dave to him or if, by doing it, you’d be acting as an enabler and basically just funding more of his stupidity with money. From what you’ve told me, I think there’s a good chance the answer is the latter. And if that’s the case, you can be a much better friend by saying you love him enough to not ruin Confirmation of payoff? Dear Dave, After struggling with it for several years, I finally made the last payment on my Sallie Mae student loans this week. Do you think I should ask for a formal letter stating that it’s officially paid off? —Angela Dear Angela, Congratulations on finally kicking that old woman out of your house! It feels great, doesn’t it? Sure, it couldn’t hurt anything to write and request formal confirmation that the book on your loans is closed and everything is paid in full. You can do this through email so you’ll have a record of contact, or you can send a certified letter, return receipt requested, through the post office. That way, you’ll have a record they signed for it. Following up on paid-off debts is always a good idea, Angela. You don’t want the hassle of possibly having to deal with greedy or incompetent collectors sniffing around three or four years down the road and no way to prove you’re free and clear! —Dave Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 11 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations and digital outlets. Dave’s latest project, EveryDollar, provides a free online budget tool. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com. Well, the first archery tournament to raise money to buy warm clothes for some of the local kids is now in the history books, and it would have to be considered a success. Doc, who has more initials after his name than anyone in town and therefore is considered by strangers to be smarter than anyone else, masterminded the tournament. He charged a ten-dollar entry fee and each shooter was given five shots to hit a paper cup at 75 yards. To the winner would go half the total money taken in. Nobody won. Strange how that worked out, isn’t it? So almost all the money went for winter coats for the kids. But not all of it. And it is for this reason that Doc hopes to return to his annual one-of-a-kind golf tournament next year. Bert brought his bow and several dozen arrows to be used for the contest, and the paper cup sat on a stump 75 yards away. Well, inside that cup was probably the safest place to be for a distance of … say … 75 yards. Oh, a handful of arrows actually came close to the paper cup, and each of those shots was greeted by enthusiastic applause by the audience, by which we mean everyone. But it didn’t take long for Doc to discover several things: 1. Arrows can hit rocks and bend or break, 2. Arrows can hit trees and never come out, 3. Arrows dive under the dirt and become immediately invisible, and 4. Arrows cost money. Dud’s metal detector got a good workout that day, finding grass-root killing arrows, and a trip to the archery shop in the city got Bert back in shooting shape again. But hey, it’s for the kids, right? And it sure was fun. New Innovations Bringing Faster 2015 SD Farm Economic Internet Speeds to More Communities Summit Dec. 18 (StatePoint) Fast Internet service is not just an indulgence that people want. 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