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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.

Jess Writes In “My Mobile Home Has a Hole In It”

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Jess used the form at the bottom of this post to send in the following question. “My babies mother and I have lived in a mobile home for the past three years. We had been having a tough time making the payments for the truck. Just last week we found some water damage in the floor of our mobile home ... Read More »

Catherine Asks If There Is Hope Or Help For Debt

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Catherine writes in: “My husband and I are behind on a few of our loans and one is a vehicle payment and the other if a flexline loan( pretty much a credit card) we have talked about bankrupcy but would like to avoid that. Are there any companies out there that offer help for these things.” Catherine, Thank you for ... Read More »

Janie Writes in “Are Debt Counselors Safe?”

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Janie wrote me and asked me the following question: “I’m running into deep debt and I’m thinking of using one of the debt counselors I’ve seen on my local television station to help me get out of debt. Are they safe?” Janie, Well you’ve come to the right place for an expert answer. If you are concerned about the safety ... Read More »

Is the iPhone a Debt Worth Having?

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The new iPhone is out and people are rushing, at a slower pace, yet again to get one. While they may be on the bleeding edge of technology, I wonder how many users of the iPhone can really justify the huge bills they can generate? And you know what will come after this generation of iPhone? That’s right, the next ... Read More »

Turn Crap You Don’t Need Into Cash

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It’s five days until payday, and you’re rifling through jacket pockets and old purses, scrounging for change. But have you recently looked in the basement? Or the attic, the back of the wardrobes, the garage and the kids’ rooms? Is clutter taking over your house? You may be able to turn some of that clutter into cold, hard cash. Selling ... Read More »

Lenora Asks The Squirrel – “What Should I Do About My Debts?”

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Lenora wrote to me and asked: Dear Get Out of Debt Squirrel, What should I do about my debts? I am trying to set up a budget, but even with a budget, I can’t make all my payments. I need help now? I have over $23,000 in credit card bills and I want to get free of all of them. ... Read More »

Be Frugal and Clean. Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent and Save Money

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Trent over at the Simple Dollar posted an article about how to making laundry detergent and enjoying the benefits of homemade laundry detergent, namely saving money. So let’s bump frugality up a notch today and learn how to save money with home made laundry soap. Trent said he’s been experimenting with making lots of cleaning supplies at home, but this ... Read More »

Why Do You Want to Get Out of Debt? Is it for Freedom or Stress?

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It’s interesting to see the many reasons why people want to get out of debt. Cast your vote now and get your opinion in the voting. Read More »

Client Kills Self Just One Payment Away From Being Debt Free

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I’m not surprised that people find it necessary to kill themselves because of financial problems. They do, it’s sad and it’s needless. What makes this so shocking was that he was so close to being debt free. News in yesterday from my office in the Netherlands surprised me. I learned that a fellow that we had helped to turn his ... Read More »

Your Online Debt Collection Rights Guide

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Here is a Quick Online Debt Collection Guide Most people make a big mess out of dealing with the debt collector and don’t know what their fair debt collection rights are. Dealing with a debt collector isn’t so much about learning how to beat the debt collector as it is just understanding what the debt collector can and can’t do. ... Read More »

Debit Card Concerns. Profits Hide Truth About Your Risks.

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For years banks have lied and hidden the reality of debit cards from you. What I’m about to tell you is going to sound counter-intuitive from everything you’ve been taught and believe. Here it is. Don’t use a debit card. It’s not smart financial management. By now you’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind but before you judge me, ... Read More »

Five Inside Truths About Debt Management Plans (DMP) You Need to Know

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People are often so confused or uninformed about debt management plans in the US that I wanted to share some truths with you. Here are the five biggest misconceptions people have about debt management plans, in no particular order. Debt Management Plans Are Not Designed for You to Get Out of Debt Since the DMP terms are really dictated by ... Read More »

Don’t You Wish Your Girlfriend Was A Freak – Saver!

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There are hundreds of savings accounts on the market now, catering for all sorts of savers. Before opening up a savings account you need to know the reason for putting the amount aside- whether it’s for a holiday, further studies, marriage, emergencies or simply for a rainy day. Once you’ve decided what your plans are your next job is to ... Read More »

Self-Help Get Out of Debt Assistance

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A collection of excellent get out of random debt tools and resources. Some Self-Help Programs From Others Get Out Of Debt Fast Without Bankruptcy Or Debt Consolidation. Click Here To Learn The Amazing Secrets Of How I Got Rid Of $63,000 Of Debt In Only 4 Months Without Filing Bankruptcy Or Using Any Type Of Debt Consolidation Service! Practical Guide ... Read More »

Is Financial Education for Students Alone An Effective Solution?

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As someone that deals with the aftermath of the financial mess my answer will surprise you. Yes there should be classes but it is NOT a vaccination against financial problems but it might be part of a longer term multifaceted solution. My observation is that teaching these issues in high school is a bit like requiring all students to take ... Read More »

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