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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

Should I Pay Off My House or My Student Loans First? – Kem

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“Dear Steve, I am finally in a place in my life where I am earning enough money to pay my bills and have a little left over. After buckling down and sacrificing (and selling) a lot, the only debt I have left, besides my mortgage, is my student loan which stands at a little over $100k at about 5% interest. ... Read More »

How Should I Spend My Windfall? – Marie

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“Dear Steve, No car payments, less than $8,000 in credit card debt and only one mortgage (at 6.5% interest rate). I will be receiving a lump sum of money at the end of July or first part of August in the sum of over $75,000. First car runs great and is 2009 model, second car is a 2000 model and ... Read More »

My Shopping Addiction is Being Treated But My Husband Says I Need Credit Counseling. – Mary

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“Dear Steve, I make $38000 per year, my position is “live-in” so I have no rent/mortgage nor utilities to pay, only my cellphone. I have about $15000 worth of credit card debt. I was close to being maxed out on most of them but never missed a payment (minimums) & always had money left over to shop online with after ... Read More »

A Truck Driving School I Never Attended Sued Me. – Randall

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“Dear Steve, A TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL I NEVER ATTENDED HAS PUT A JUDGEMENT WITH EQUIFAX. THIS SUBMISSION WAS WITHOUT INFORMING ME OF ANY OF THE RELEVENT NFORMATION. EQUIFAX REFUSES TO REMOVE THIS ITEM. I LIVE IN S.C NEAR THE GA. BOARDER AND CAN GET TO ATLANTA. IN TWO HOURS. CAN I SUE EQUIFAX IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT TO GET THEM ... Read More »

Having Problems With a Debt Collector. Affordable Legal Help Available Here.

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One of the common requests I hear from readers is for legal help with issues surrounding their debt problems when they feel they’ve been hurt or abused by a debt collector. In the past I’ve always referred people to the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the GetOutOfDebt.org legal friends and protectors to find an attorney that is licensed in ... Read More »

Timeshare Resale Scam Infographic

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The FTC gets clever and puts of a great infographic on timeshare resale scams. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook If you have a credit or debt question you’d like to ask just use the online form. I’m happy to help you totally for free. Read More »

Odds Are You Are Going to Retire Hungry and Poor

If your 75 year old self could talk to you today about making retirement saving a priority, what advice do you think you'd hear?

Americans can be in as much current day denial as they want to about their future and what retirement will look like but recent studies show a significant number of people are not at all confident they will be able to retire with adequate income and savings. According to the Employee Benefit Research institute, 49 percent of workers surveyed said ... Read More »

Bankruptcy, Depression & Suicide. The Most Avoidable Tragedy.

Don't give up, there is truly a light at the end of the tunnel if you will just open your eyes.

People with problem debt are likely to be depressed. My own study in 2001 found that of those people who reached out for help 39.71% were clinically depressed and another 9.56% identified themselves as moderately depressed. Women tended to be more likely to show symptoms of depression than men. You can read more about this study at Survey Finds Debt ... Read More »

FTC-CFPB Debt Collection Roundtable Suggestions Could Kick Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement in the Nuts

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This past week the FTC and CFPB held a joint roundtable meeting where they brought together debt collection industry participants to talk about reforms in the debt collection space. A most interesting fact came out of the meeting, that the non-appearence rate among consumers being sued for debt is about 90%. That doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is ... Read More »

New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions Gets a CT Time Out

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The Connecticut Department of Banking has issued a cease and desist and civil penalty against New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions for running afoul of the Debt Adjusters and Debt Negotiation statutes. After giving the New Life folks a chance to respond, the State gave up and has now issued a $100,000 fine against the troubled company. – ... Read More »

June, 2013 G19 Release Shows Little Movement for Debt Relief Industry

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The latest G19 report is out from the Federal Reserve. Typically the debt relief industry is most interested or able to deal with revolving debt such as credit cards. The April, 2013 data just released shows revolving consumer debt rose at an annual rate of 1 percent while nonrevolving consumer debt rose at 6.4 percent. Nonrevolving debt includes automobile loans ... Read More »

My Mother Died, I’m Behind on Rent and My Car. I’m Scared. – Michelle

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“Dear Steve, My mother passed away in October – no life insurance – I took out 2 pay day loans and 3 payday installment loans to cover expenses and then my bank finally gave me a loan for her funeral expenses. But now I am caught in the vicious payday loan cycle and can not take care of daily living ... Read More »

You Literally Saved My Life and Financial Future. Thank You. – Steve

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“Dear Steve, I just wanted to say thank you as I owe you a debt of gratitude! My partner lost his job due to a health issue and has been unemployed for five years–I tried (in vain) to sustain my debts. I tried every resource to stay afloat. I quickly learned that there are resource to provide loans, payday loans, ... Read More »

I’m So Afraid of Bankruptcy. – Matt

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“Dear Steve, I have a lot of credit card debt and a home in foreclosure. My credit score is really hurting and so the attorney for the foreclosure advised us to declare bankruptcy. We have two cars and dont know how to handle the cars with regard to bankruptcy. My wife makes no income and I don’t know how she ... Read More »

Unemployed, Heart Attack, Stroke and Retired Mother Paying My Student Loans. – Jackie

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“Dear Steve, My husband and I filed Bankruptcy # 7 back in 2011, Most of the bills were medical but I added my student loan (Chase- Bank One) which Ive been told is a private loan. Everything was discharged except the student loan. I even sent a Hardship letter but it was after the hearing and I feel that maybe ... Read More »

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