THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
Q: Dad, name one or two of the cliches you heard growing up that you later found to be true.
A: When it comes to handling and saving money, pay yourself first. If you just put a few dollars away every paycheck before you pay bills, you'll be better off. Also, never say, do or write something that you wouldn't want to read about in the newspaper the next day. If you have a decision to make, try imagining the headline the next. And, if what you are about to do begins with the words, "Hey, watch this," don't do it. There are some things you just can't undo.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...