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Jenni Can’t Make the Car Payment and is Behind on Rent and the Clutch Just Went

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Jenni “Dear Steve, I am behind on my car payment. I can’t pay my rent this month. The clutch just went out on my car. I work two jobs but I can’t get to them now that my car is broken. I joined the Army but I don’t leave until January. How can I get my bills payed? How can ... Read More »

John is Worried His Debt Will Scare Away His Fiancee

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“Dear Steve, Here is the situation. I have 50K of debt between credit cards and lines of credit and a 20k vehicle loan. When I first met my fiancee, she asked about credit card debt, I was defensive about it so i just told her that i didn’t have any. She knew I had a truck loan at the time. ... Read More »

Ed is Disabled and Falling in Debt Fast. What Can He Do?

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“Dear Steve, I am disabled and falling in debt faster than i can handle. I am barely staying alive with trying to feed my family. I am behind on my mortgage and regular bills (utilities). I stopped paying on my credit cards just to try and keep my utilities from being disconnected. credit card companys are calling me constantly for ... Read More »

James Wants to Know If Capital One Will Take His Car If He Stops Paying His Credit Card

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“Dear Steve, I can not pay my credit cards,because of sickness. I have a auto loan with Capital One and a credit card with them as well. If I just pay only my auto loan on time each month and stop paying on the credit card, can they touch my car because I pay one and not the other. James” ... Read More »

Jeff Asks About Trick To Boast Credit Score. “Will It Work?”

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“Dear Steve, I have never heard anyone ask this question or any money experts suggest it: If my wife and I have many joint user credit cards and lots of debt, could it help our credit scores if we changed the status of our joint cards to just the primary user, thus showing each of us is responsible for about ... Read More »

More Bad News For Nordstrom and Target Credit Cards

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Store cards in good times are a good source of profit with their exceptionally high interest rates but in down times they can be an anchor around profits. Not only are store cards generally easier to acquire by people with lesser credit but they are often the first to go unpaid when there isn’t enough money to spread around. Target ... Read More »

So You Have to Use Your Credit Card In An Emergency – Personal Finnance Bloggers Question of The Week

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This weeks personal finance brain trust question was: What goes through your mind when people say that they HAD to use their credit card to get by? Is using a credit card when you can’t afford to pay a smart or necessary thing to do? WC – A 27-year-old writer living in Chicago and writing about personal finance through The ... Read More »

Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits

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Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits Bloomberg - 5 minutes ago Outstanding credit-card debt has risen 75 percent since 1999, while real wages have grown 4 percent in the same period, according to a report last month by ... Read More »

Expect Tidal Wave Of Limit Reductions and Credit Card Closures to Hit Before Christmas

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Yesterday I wrote about a little old hardware store that had noticed an increase in card purchases over cash. That’s not a good sign if people are using plastic more for routine things and especially in this environment of credit card issuers reducing credit limits, raising interest rates and closing cards. You see, the credit card issuers are getting freaked ... Read More »

Surviving With Less Credit

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At ByDesign Financial Solutions, a debt-counseling service in Modesto, Calif., they’re working overtime these days. “Our call volume went up 97% in the past five weeks, which has left us scrambling,” says Martha Lucey, president of the nonprofit agency. “[The callers] are close to the max on their credit cards, and they just can’t figure out how to manage. We’ve ... Read More »

Groups seek credit card debt forgiveness

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Groups seek credit card debt forgiveness BusinessWeek - 34 minutes ago issue around 80 percent of all US credit cards. Americans now are weighed down by around $900 billion in credit card debt , according to Federal Reserve figures. Read More »

Soon, Where You Shop Will Control Your Credit

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Information is already leaking out about the efforts of American Express to closely watch the places their card members shop at as an indication of credit problems. With mounting losses by credit card companies and an avalanche of new bad credit card debt to come, creditors are looking for ways to identify potential high risk customers in order to reduce ... Read More »

Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It’s Credit Cards

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Indeed it is. If you're not in top shape for the credit card shakeout that's already taking place, there isn't much you'll be able to do about it. It's probably already too late. After years of flooding the market with credit cards (and generous limits), banks are finally starting to take it back. Eric Dash, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of distilling the situation. From Read More »

Tina Says “My CPA is Under Investigation For Fraud”

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“Dear Steve, I am currently unemployed. I have approximately $20k in credit card debt. I have been contacted by the IRS that my CPA is under investigation for fraud and I have to refile my taxes from 2002-present. So far, I owe $4k for 2007 to the IRS but have not refiled the previous years. I have completely stopped paying ... Read More »

As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards

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As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards New York Times, United States - 2 hours ago Currently, the total losses amount to 5.5 percent of credit card debt outstanding, and could surpass the 7.9 percent that occurred after the technology ... Read More »

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