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Dave Says Do What You Need to Take Care of Kids ^ | April 25, 2012 | Dave Ramsey

Posted on 04/25/2012 4:50:56 AM PDT by Kaslin

Dear Dave,

I just lost my job due to company-wide layoffs. I have an emergency fund, but I’m losing my health insurance. Our state has a program that covers children’s healthcare in these kinds of situations. Would it be okay to accept this for my kids until I find another job and things get better?


Dear Paul,

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with accepting help when you’re down or struggling. On the other hand, to define yourself as being down or struggling is a really bad thing. By this, I mean you should never just sit there, consider yourself helpless, and expect someone else to take care of you. Remember this: everyone falls down. Loser’s stay down, but successful people get back up!

If I woke up one morning and realized I had no insurance or couldn’t feed my family because I’d lost my job, I’d be out looking for work all day long, every single day. If that didn’t work, I’d pack everyone up and go find another place to work and live. At the very least I’d map out a plan to work and make money somewhere else during the week, then come home weekends.

You sound like a good dad, and I love the fact that you’re thinking about your kids. Do what’s necessary to take care of them right now, even if it means getting help from the state. Make sure you’re out there busting it, and trying to make something happen in the job market, too. You shouldn’t still be living this way six months from now!


Dear Dave,

I have tenants who have been perfect in paying rent on time for almost a year. Last month, the woman lost her job, and when I went to collect the rent the other day, she said she didn’t have any money. I’m pretty sure they used part of it for a car payment and the electric bill, and I know they need these things. Still, I’m torn over how to handle this and how lenient to be.


Dear Alex,

You’re right, what they spent the money on were things they needed. At the same time, they probably knew the rent was due and when it was due. Since you know about their situation, and you’re their landlord, it might be a good idea to offer to try and formulate a plan that would help them get through this tough time.

If it were me, I’d sit down with them and make a budget and list of priorities. Food comes first, water and electricity after that, then rent, and finally the car. Get into their business a little, and find out what else is going on in their lives. You have to be fair and firm to be a quality landlord.

I’d be willing to cut them some slack if they’re cooperative and honestly have to choose between feeding their kids and paying me. But if they insist on misbehaving with their money or having parties on the weekend, I’d have no problem telling them to find another place to live.

The biggest thing is to treat them the way you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. I think most people want to do what’s right, but you want to feel good about extending mercy when, and if, it’s appropriate.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: daveramsey; money

1 posted on 04/25/2012 4:50:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Has this guy ever heard of COBRA?

2 posted on 04/25/2012 5:06:39 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Kaslin

I understand the idea of taking when one is down and out.
I don’t understand the idea of being a Christian and taking on a full time basis.

I don’t mind giving a hand up.

3 posted on 04/25/2012 5:18:59 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: traderrob6

COBRA is VERY expensive.

4 posted on 04/25/2012 5:19:25 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MachIV

Not as expensive as buying your own which is what I do.

5 posted on 04/25/2012 5:22:16 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Kaslin

Not every employer has to offer COBRA. I don’t. Also, we’ve been landlords for 35 plus years. We actually paid someone to move out once who owed us $1500.00. He signed a promissory note for $2K which we figured we would never see but a year later we got a certified check in the mail. My husband works with tenants who can’t pay and with one or two exceptions, they always do.

6 posted on 04/25/2012 5:23:39 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat

A landlord needs to evaluate the loss due to delay in rent payments vs. the loss of income if he evicts this tenant and the unit is vacant, plus rehab costs. It’s a judgment call, based on his perception of the current tenant’s overall potential, the local rental market, and other factors.

7 posted on 04/25/2012 5:34:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ten the hard way.)
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To: Tax-chick

Another idea might be to negotiate a break in the amount of the rent if they take over some maintenance projects, etc., for the short term. Could be a win-win, if the tenants are actually good people.

8 posted on 04/25/2012 6:43:51 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Kaslin opposed to all the other talk show hosts out there advising you to show wanton neglect for your kids?

9 posted on 04/25/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

The father in the first letter should speak to local churches about need; it should be the Church, not the government, to whom the needy turn.

10 posted on 04/25/2012 9:17:43 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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