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Government Kills Debt Write Off And 40% Debt Elimination Plan

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All I’ve got to say is, Good! The plan would have done more damage than good and while some people might have hoped that the government would accept the creditor based plan, it was shallow and not enough to make a real difference to help people avoid bankruptcy and get out of debt. Recently I wrote an article, New Concerns ... Read More »

    The Good Side of Check Cashing and Payday Loans

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    I’ve got to be honest with you. While the righteous scream out about check cashing and payday loan stores, I’m not sure I understand all the fuss. Sure I get the fact about fees and I will admit that I’ve seem some sleazy payday loan stores and outfits. But you know what, I’ve seen my fair share of sleazy banks ... Read More »

      Graduate From College With Good Grades And Get A New House

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      An inovative new program from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas significantly rewards students that graduate within five years, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, secure employment in the Dallas metropolitan area, maintain a good credit history and donate 400 hours of volunteer time to the community. University president Michael Sorrell is quoted as saying “This program ... Read More »

        Nordstrom Bank Wants to Freeze Part Of Your Account And Use Your Money Interest Free

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        A particular little notice looks like it really caught the eye of myself and the brain behind CreditMattersBlog.com. He’s got an article titled “Nordstrom Bank May Not Give You Full Access To Your Available Credit For Up To 21 Days After A Payment Is Credited To Your Account” that is worth a look. Apparently Nordstrom’s is now saying that if ... Read More »

          Bush Administration Rolls Out Wimpy Mortgage Assistance Plan

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          The Bush administration today rolled out a plan to help homeowners in trouble with their mortgages. While proclaiming big help the plan does not go anywhere near far enough to help those in the most trouble. Homeowners 90 or more days late in their mortgage payments, owe at least 90% of their home’s current value, live in the home on ... Read More »

            Good News – Post Office to Layoff Only 40,000 Workers. Bad Time to Be In Delivery Business.

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            A friend called to tell me about the latest buzz of the postal service laying off 40,000 workers. I can’t confirm if it is true yet since the numbers estimated range from 16,000 to 40,000. But in doing my research for this news I came across a shocking this little tidbit: Vienna – The majority-state-owned Austria Post mail service is ... Read More »

              Does Money And Things Alone Bring You Happiness?

              I’m not quite sure what really resonated with me about this video. I guess it is the fact that it is a message that I have heard before from other doctors when I was in the medical community. And it is a realization that I experienced myself in my life. The lessons about material wealth and happiness are ones that ... Read More »

                Do You Think You Are A Failure When You Break Your Budget?

                What Is a Budget, Really?

                I’m always sad when someone says to me that they feel like a failure when they break their budget. Just by it’s very nature, a budget is a self-defeating document that will most likely lead to failure. You see most budgets are not based in truth, they are based in wishes. Here is how I would like to spend my ... Read More »

                  Damn You June Reyno. Let Your Home Go And Move On.

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                  Not that long ago I wrote about a woman that chained herself to her front porch to prevent her home from being foreclosed on. I’m afraid the story has turned into the pleading mother begging for the return of her child, only to have murdered it herself. June isn’t an innocent victim here of banks gone wild, although I would ... Read More »

                    So What If GM Goes Bust. Let’s Just Hope You Don’t Own a New GM Vehicle.

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                    There is more to worry about if GM goes bust. Sure, nobody likes yet another bailout but the repercussions in job losses will rocket through not only the car company but all the suppliers, local economies, GM dealers, and so much more. But here is a subject that I have not heard talked about. If GM goes bust and you ... Read More »

                      South African Consumer Debt Spinning Out of Control. Half Of Work Force Can’t Pay Their Debts.

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                      Last year I had the opportunity to visit South Africa and take a firsthand look at the consumer debt situation. There was no doubt even when I was there that there was going to be a huge explosion of consumer debt problems. New regulations passed recently give more control to debt counselors to go before the court to have debt ... Read More »

                        The Ultimate Contractor Fantasy – Finding Hidden Money

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                        A home improvement contractor cracked through the wall while doing a bathroom remodeling job to find $182,000 hidden there in during the great depression by a wealthy businessman of the day. But the story does not have such a happy ending. It turns out that the current homeowner, Amanda Reece, was having a bit of financial trouble and wanted to ... Read More »

                          Constipated Lending Makes Economy Ill

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                          Our economic life cycle is dependent on all all parties doing their fair share of the heavy lifting. Finance companies and banks lend – consumers buy stuff using credit – stuff must be built – jobs are created and so forth. We keep hearing about a crushing windpipe grip on banks and the government pleading to them to lend again. ... Read More »

                            Gift Cards, The Gift That Can Stop Giving

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                            Gift cards have been a great tool to give people for rewards and presents. And not that we are creeping towards that holy and special gift giving time of year and gift cards will line the racks and fall first into our consideration of things to give, WATCH OUT! With the danger of so many retailers not making it through ... Read More »

                              Canadian Debtors Excel At Bankruptcy

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                              Debtors in Canada are slipping into deep kimchi when it comes to their finances. Just announced the number of bankruptcies in Canada rose 18.7 percent in September. On an annual basis, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy said that failures were up 28.4 percent. Ontario and Quebec recorded the most consumer and business bankruptcies. Read More »

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