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The Seven Stages of Debt. Which Stage Are You In?

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Many years ago I wrote my original Seven Stages of Debt, as modified from the Five Stages of Death and Dying by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Both experiencing the emotional loss of a loved one and the emotional loss of your financial life are similar in some distinct ways. However, the emotional stages of debt also have two additional components that ... Read More »

Chapter 1 – I Got Hit in the Head With a Baseball and I Saw it Coming

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Chapter 1 – I Got Hit in the Head With a Baseball and I Saw it Coming In 1990, my wife and I filed bankruptcy. We kept the secret for almost 10 years and never talked about it publicly. I felt like a failure. It was painful and embarrassing and, though there were many factors that lead up to that ... Read More »

My Husband is a Financial Advisor and Our Finances Are In Crisis. – Kathryn

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“Hi Steve, I need help, and I don’t know where to turn. Stay at home mom with three children, ages 7, 2 1/2 and 15 months. My husband is a financial advisor and our finances are in absolute crisis! My husband opened a branch of a very well known financial institution almost three years ago. Since that time his income ... Read More »

Should We Put the House in My Husbands Name So He Can Go Bankrupt On It? – Barbara

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Barbara “Dear Steve, I bought my home in 1999 and have two mortgages. The 2nd mortgage was in 2005 for home improvements. I was married a year ago and my husband and I were both laid off, he is Dec. 08 and I in March 09. Currently the 2nd mortgage is headed for foreclosure, the payment is $260.00 but was ... Read More »

Most People Hate the Debt Advice They Get and Instead Seek Out Answers They Want to Hear

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Since I’ve been helping people with money troubles, since 1994, one constant has existed, people don’t like the debt advice they get. This is not a reflection on the quality or appropriateness of the advice they get but a reflection of a conflict between what they want to hear and what they do hear. The denial to accept sound advice ... Read More »

After the New Truck and Dental Bills, We Can’t Afford Our Home. – Cassie

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Cassie “Dear Steve, My fiance and I bought a house about a year and a half ago. When we purchased our home we were making more than enough money to pay ALL our bills. Since then, my fiance bought a truck and needed major dental work done… And on top of that, we have aquired about $6,000 worth of credit ... Read More »

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