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 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, it seems like every one of my friends is getting married and between the travel, the tuxedo rentals, the gifts and the parties, it’s adding up money-wise. What do I do?
A: The best you can. Budget for it and don’t overspend. You’re at the age when people tend to get married, though a lot of people are waiting well past college graduation to do so. These are your friends for life, presumably, and hopefully you guys will only go through this once.
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 ...