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Dave Ramsey says: Keep identity-theft protection separate from Baby Steps

(Pixababy.com)

Dear Dave,

Where in the Baby Steps does identity-theft protection fall? Should we cover the kids, too, or only the adults in our household?

— Laura

Dear Laura,

Everyone needs identity-theft protection. Unless you’re one of these folks who have gone completely off the grid, someone out there probably has a few of your numbers.

Between sloppiness on the part of consumers, and the massive data breaches that have occurred in the last few years, almost everyone has experienced, or will experience, some sort of identity theft. Unfortunately, this is today’s world.

I don’t really consider identity-theft protection part of the Baby Steps.

It’s like life insurance or car insurance, in that it’s something almost everyone needs.

Things like that should just be part of your budget every month.

— Dave

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