My husband and I have recently bought our first home and made some other big purchases using credit and have gotten ourselves into debt and then to top it off, he was just laid off, so we are down to just my income and much more than that in monthly payments.
How can I fix this without completely ruining our credit?
In a situation like this the only solution is going to either be to replace the income or bankruptcy. It is unlikely that you would be able to reduce enough money by avoiding getting a cup of coffee out or cutting out cable television to make a drastic difference in the situation.
You could wait a bit if you wanted to give him a chance of finding a new job before you file bankruptcy. The only thing that will happen is that you will get deeper in collections and have to deal with debt collection calls. But when they call, and they will, just be pleasant. Just don’t promise to make any payment that you honestly can’t afford.
Sure, the situation sucks. But it was unplanned and the credit score is the least of my worries. My primary concern is that I want you to make the mortgage, utility, insurance and food payments first. The credit card companies will just have to wait if there is no money to make payment arrangements to them.
Once the income is replaced you can go about rebuilding your credit.