A Father-Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: How Generous Can a Medical Student in Debt Be?

My question is this: how do I approach donating money to good causes (friends’ marathons, NPR fund drives, projects for teacher friends, etc.) when it feels like my money is not my own? Part of me feels like it’s unwise to donate even small amounts of money with such hefty interest rates, but it’s certainly not as if I don’t spend that money on every other type of purchase (everything from books and gas to happy hour and birthday dinners).

My $10,000 Safety Net (Thanks, Gran)

Money from dad from Gran.

WWYD: The Super Generous, Super Platonic Friend

What do you do when your friend gives you a very expensive gift?

Just Say No

Is there a kind and gentle way for C. to say “Mom, I can’t give you any more money?” Are there resources we can suggest to help her develop better spending habits (if it matters, she’s in her mid-50’s and—thank goodness!—has a generous pension when she retires, so retirement saving isn’t a big issue)?

The Gratification of Giving

Deferred gratification is an important and difficult lesson for a child to learn—a lesson that shows that time invested in certain activities (studying, practice, etc.) will pay off in the end.