Dear Amy: I attend a private high school. The price tag on that leaves my parents in a tight financial spot. My parents know my tendency to worry, so they try to hide any financial troubles and sugarcoat my world. I appreciate their intentions. However, I would rather they not hide reality from me.
I know my current tuition leaves my family with just enough money to get by. My father tries to support our family by working over 70 hours a week.
I considered joining the military for a scholarship, but my mother just about had a heart attack when I mentioned it.
I don't want to compromise where I will go for college (if I even get accepted), but I would sooner do that than leave my parents in financial ruin. What do I do?
— Worried student
Dear Worried: The obvious solution for you is to seek your college education at the school that will give you the most value. Speak to your college counselor about this and explore all of your options.
State colleges often charge a fraction of what a private college would cost, and the best value of all is a community college, where you can receive an associate's degree and then transfer to a four-year school.
If you can translate your anxiety over this into positive action by finding an affordable school, then everybody wins.
Dear Amy: My husband and I use a management company to manage some rental properties we own. The company originally was owned by two guys. Last year, the guys split up and divided the clients between them.
I handle almost all contact with the management company and have no problem with the person we are working with. However, my husband thinks the other guy does better work. We are about to purchase some more properties, and my husband wants to have them managed by the other guy.
— Working wife
Dear Wife: If you agree with your husband's choice to have the other company manage your new properties, then perhaps he should make the call.
You two should be able to leverage this issue into a guarantee of good service and a possible savings if you are able to get these former partners to compete.