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I Am Too Trusting and I Help People Out With Money But Don’t Get it Back and Then I End Up Missing Payments – Natasha

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“Dear Steve, I am 28 and i live with my parents, i have had problems with debts for a few years. I am too trusting and i help people out with money but dont get it back and then i end up missing payments. How can i get out of debt, i have tried everything but nothing works, i sell ... Read More »

    AutoTune the Bankers: The Gregory Brothers Strike Again

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    I was wondering when I’d get a chance to feature The Gregory Brothers on the site. It is a wonderful day. Here is one of their latest songs entitled: Bankers’ Song – We Didn’t See It Comin Read More »

      Packing On The Pounds, Is Your Debt To Blame?

      I started this article with the intention of comparing debt to food. Terms that myself and others would find much more appealing than fiscal comparisons. I started with one notion: money is boring. Unless you’re spending it of course. I laid down the ground rules and compared the amount of money we budget to the allotted calories we should consume ... Read More »

        GAO Takes Closer Look at Home Loan Modification Scams

        The Government Accountability Office (GAO) comprised a report, Homeownership Preservation: Federal Efforts to Combat Foreclosure Rescue Schemes Are Under Way, but Improved Planning Elements Could Enhance Progress, based on “information available to federal and state agencies and nonprofit organizations, such as consumer complaints and the number of enforcement actions.” The report revealed two predominant schemes in this day and age ... Read More »

          Avoiding Post-Holiday Headaches

          John's Extra Cash

          All the parties are over and the decorations are put away. There goes another wonderful, fun-filled holiday season. That musical tie looked great on grandpa. Especially when it kept waking him up from his after-dinner nap. And the remote control, walking-talking-pooping dog was a riot with the kids. Now comes the hard part — facing the bills for all that ... Read More »

            How to Survive the Holidays Without Going Broke (or Insane!)

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            Demanding in-laws, children, spouses and siblings. Any or all of these can cause you to pull your hair out during the holiday season. Add this to the financial pressures exerted on your wallet at this time of year and you have a recipe for potential disaster. With not enough time for everyone and everything, it can be tempting to try ... Read More »

              Unbelievable Back To School Money Saving Tips

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              As most of us all know, our wallets have been tested the past few years to see just how far we can squeeze them. Some of you most likely trying for a completely 360 degree twist. Many of you are probably sweating in your sleep thinking about the money spent or money you need to spend on back to school ... Read More »

                Students Fight Back Against For-Profit Colleges: Westwood College Sued For Fraud

                We’ve covered this topic time and time again (see Know Your For-Profit College ABC’s: Assertive, Bold and Cheeky. How I Almost Became a For-Profit College Statistic and Government Finds Fraud and Deception in Marketing for For-Profit Colleges); for-profit colleges and their deceptive practices to get students to enroll and take out loans they cannot afford. However, on August 21, 2010 ... Read More »

                  Boyfriend Cheats Me Out Of Money To Feed His Debt Habit

                  Photo Credit: crnewbedford

                  I’d like to follow up with my previous article, How Do You Value Your Quality of Life? Debt Solutions to Fix The Future In this article I showcased a friend of mine, Michael. I should point out that Michael was much more than a friend to me, we had been in a very serious relationship for a year and a ... Read More »

                    Off to College: How to Use Credit Cards and Not Get in Over Your Head

                    Total Interest Payment Made When Paying Only the Minimum Payment

                    Let’s face it: when it comes to getting credit, most students have it easy these days. Most college students do get credit cards — and plenty of them if they want. According to a recent study for the Education Resources Institute and the Institute for Higher Education Policy, many college students have credit cards and some of them got their ... Read More »

                      Bill and Debt’s Excellent Adventure: In Coins We Trust

                      Gold Coin Flyer

                      Are you someone concerned with debt? How about our nation’s debt? Are you eager to see the government spend less? Well, you may be able to help the cause at home for less government spending if you’re a fan of having jingling pockets of $1 coins. For the past 10 years the government has been trying to get $1 coins ... Read More »

                        “The Collector’s Pledge” Marks a Positive Turn in the Debt Collection Industry

                        Martin Sher of AmSher Receivables Management in Birmingham, Alabama has recently made a huge step in the debt collection industry with “The Collector’s Pledge”. Sher, with over 30 years experience in the credit and collection industry was named as the president of ACA International (the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals) for 2010-2011. Sher co-owns AmSher Receivables with his brother, ... Read More »

                          Banks Target MVBs, Most Vulnerable Bankers, to Keep Overdraft “Protection” Before Regulation E Comes Into Effect

                          Samples of Opt-In Marketing Strategies to Financial Institutions

                          Overdraft “protection” as we know it in America will make a positive change August 15, 2010. Considering to protect something means to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction, overdraft “protection” is anything but that. I view it as one of those “convince” fees. Let’s just call it what it is: a service charge. Most banks charge a ... Read More »

                            Don’t Hate The Player. Hate The Game. Parker Brother’s Monopoly and Our Current Economy

                            Robert Smith of NPR released a fascinating article entitled “Monopoly Game: Rules Made To Be Broken?” In this article he plays the old family favorite game with two economists and highlights similarities between the game and recent events with our economy and real estate market. If you think a regular Monopoly game takes forever, try playing with two economics professors. ... Read More »

                              Know Your For-Profit College ABC’s : Assertive, Bold and Cheeky. How I Almost Became a For-Profit College Statistic

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                              In one of Steve Rhode’s latest articles he reveals the recent report from the United States Government Accountability Office’s (GOA), “Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices”. Because of the billions of dollars in federal grants and loans utilized by students attending for-profit colleges, you asked us to (1) conduct undercover testing to ... Read More »

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