Collectors Called Constantly Scared of Foreclosure, What Can I Do? – Roy

“Dear Steve, I have recently taken over management of finances and bill paying from my wife. I always knew we had some lingering credit card debt that had been following us since college, but I had no idea what the real situation was. At this point we are $51,000 in credit card debt. We have … Read more

Will Banks Negotiate My Student Loans? – Russell

“Dear Steve, 4-1/2 years ago I decided to go back to school for Dental Hygiene. My wife would not let me work during the four years of school and her income did not quite meet all our expenses. I took out private loans to pay for school and living expenses plus rolled an old HELOC … Read more

Converting 8.9% Variable Credit Card to 3.4% Variable Equity is Bad Deal. George

“Dear Steve, I have $22K in credit card debt(on one card) with an 8.99% variable rate. Minimum payment is about $450/month. I have recently began to pay more than the minimum(last month i paid $1000) since I would love to pay this off or at least bring it down so my minimum payment isnt so … Read more

Can Claim Be Dismissed Because of Expiration of Statute of Limitations? – Christopher

“Dear Steve, I received a Summons to appear in Civil Court. The Plaintiff is a collection agency, attempting to collect over $18,000. The Summons included a fax cover sheet from Chase Bank, with whom I had an account years ago. I live in Missouri, and the SOL for open accounts is 5 yrs. My credit … Read more

Need My Car and 3 Months Behind. What Can I Do? – Rita

“Dear Steve, My husband has been unemployeed and I work full time. We had to move out of last home due to toxic mold. I am 3 months behind in car payments and they want to take my car. It is the only way i can get to work to get groceries for my kids … Read more

Statute of Limitation – Will Debt Go On Forever? – Jennifer

“Dear Steve, I had my bank account bounce for a 263.00 credit. now I have over $900 and counting in bank fees. I am berried in debt and unemployed, I want to know how long a debt is valid (statues of limitations) but I don’t understand what is written for the “Oregon statutes of limitation” … Read more

Boilermaker Seasonal Financial Despair and In Super Hot Water – Heidi

“Dear Steve, My husband is a boilermaker which is a feast for famine type of job. By the time we get caught up on basic utilities and rent and car payments, his job ends and if we have been able to save anything its used within the first month to survive we have 4 children … Read more

Sorry We Went With Debt Management – Amber

“Dear Steve, About 6 months ago, my husband and I decided to go with a debt management company to help with the relief of our credit card debt. It’s been a bigger mess than I ever thought it would be. There have been no payments made to any of my credit card companys because apparently … Read more

Collections Sued But I Didn’t Go to Hearing. What Now? – Sara

“Dear Steve, Couldn’t pay full payments for 2 credit cards. They went to collections. Collections sued but I didnt go to hearing. They sent a form asking my bank account info and income information. What do I do now? Sara” I asked my friend Mike Killian to answer your question for you. I wanted to … Read more

Cashout 401k and Then Reimburse? – Roger

“Dear Steve, Cut back in hours at work. Hard to keep up with the bills. Now have to do something! Why not cash out or take a paritical cashout. Could you not pay off high intrest loans or credit cards. The money you would save intrest would save money. Then increase what you were putting … Read more