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What if I Just Pay Less Than They Want on My Student Loans

To get the real answers, do the math and listen to what it has to say. Math does not lie.

“Dear Steve, I received my master’s in 2011. I worked in my field for about 6 months until the job was dissolved due to a change in contract. During this time my son had major health problems and now I say home with him during the day and work part time in the evenings. My wife make good money but ... Read More »

    The Fine Art of Getting Out of Debt

    change your mind

    Having helped people with problem debt since 1994 and having lived through financial problems myself in the late 1980s, I’m always amazed how badly people manage the art of getting out of debt. When I listen to “the debt experts” it almost seems they have never lived through really bad debt problems since they miss the most critical aspect of ... Read More »

      My Peaks Student Loans Were Discharged in Bankruptcy. Weren’t They?

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      “Dear Steve, Filed for Ch. 7 Bankruptcy, officially discharged on Sept. 30, 2014. Had several Peaks Private Student Loans included in the discharge. They KEEP calling me and saying that they are not debts that can be discharged. They are demanding that I reaffirm the loan and refusing to call my attorney. They keep threatening to put this debt on ... Read More »

        EOS CCA is Garnishing Our Wages Over a Student Loan


        “Dear Steve, My husband received a call from the EOSCAA in Nov, 2013 that he owed $56000 on a student loan. Between Nov 2013 and March 2014 we tried to get to the bottom of the situation. In March the EOSCAA began garnishing his wages, twice a month at a rate of near $1000. I filled out and mailed in ... Read More »

          My Mom Passed Away and I’m Paying Her Old Credit Card Bill


          “Dear Steve, My mom recently passed away and she has a credit card in her name on which I was an authorized user. My Dad who is still living was not on the account and did not know she had the card. I have been paying the bill for the last few months as my Mom was ill before her ... Read More »

            How Can I Consolidate All My Private Student Loans


            “Dear Steve, I’m looking to consolidate private/government student loans I have a few several outstanding loans with both public and private entities from graduate school (Navient, Nelnet, Discover student loans). is there a way to consolidate these all into one single debt/monthly payment? Peter” Dear Peter, If it was just about government student loans then the answer would be an ... Read More »

              Scam Amish Heater Mailer Makes Me Curious – HS Payment Processor

              Amish Heater Letter 3

              Loyal readers know I typically focus on consumer debt related issues but this recent marketing piece sent to my dead mother made my blood boil. The outside of the marketing piece clearly appears to spoof an official government mailer. I think it tries very hard to trick recipients into thinking this is critical government mail, maybe from the Internal Revenue ... Read More »

                I’m Really Screwed With These FFEL PLUS Loans My Parents Took Out

                Problem Solving Series

                “Dear Steve, I was a student at a University from 1996-2000, receiving my degree in film. As an irresponsible 17 year old, I decided to shoulder the debt burden to finance this endeavor. My father was the guarantor and my family received a variety of Stafford unsubsidized loans serviced by SALLIE MAE totaling about $90K to pay for the remaining ... Read More »

                  We Can’t Pay Our NJCLASS Student Loan. What Now?

                  Sagging Economy

                  “Dear Steve, I cosigned with my daughter for a State of NJ (NJCLASS) loan. Currently I am retired and living on social security and a small pension of $700 per month. I have no assets such as a house, savings or other tangible property. Currently Living in Phoenix AZ. My daughter is working part time since she has not been ... Read More »

                    What is the Best Way to Get Rid of My Student Loans?

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                    “Dear Steve, I have a ton on debt. 36,000 in private student loans and 46,000 in Federal student loans. In 2010 I filed for bankruptcy and in 2012 I had brain surgery. I am now currently working and want to get this debt off my back. How would you suggest that I get rid of it. Navient has agreed to ... Read More »

                      My Ex-Wife Took Out a Loan in My Name Using a Power-Of-Attorney


                      “Dear Steve, Wife and I separated in 2005. In 2006 wife took Specialty Loan using a general power of attorney I had given her in case of emergency which was the same year of the loan. About 10 month ago she stop paying the loan. I’m currently under investigation for a government clearance and this might affect the outcome. They ... Read More »

                        Be Magically Debt Free Today – The Best Christmas and Hanukkah Gift

                        Steve Rhode - Get Out of Debt Guy

                        The holiday season weighs heavily on our bank accounts. It seems there are two camps at this time of the year, those that spend to much and those that wish they could spend more. Both camps carry a common guilt. For those that overindulged on spending during the holidays, the traditional holiday hangover will arrive in January. The Post Office ... Read More »

                          FTC Stops Payday Loan Scammers From Tapping Bank Accounts


                          A data broker operation sold the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers – including Social Security and bank account numbers – to scammers who allegedly debited millions from their accounts, the Federal Trade Commission charged in a complaint filed today. According to the FTC’s complaint, data broker LeapLab bought payday loan applications of financially strapped consumers, and ... Read More »

                            Consumers With Mortgage Problems Continue to be Gullible Lambs

                            Big Scam Dog

                            After writing about consumer debt issues for decades now, I have to admit it gets very frustrating watching people fall for the same old scams over and over. Do people never learn or does commonsense and logic just fly out the window the minute someone shoves an official looking document in your face? The SIGTARP (Special Inspector General for the ... Read More »

                              Thomas Macey and Jeffrey Aleman Get Slapped by IL Board

                              Bitch Slap

                              For some time now there has been an open action by the Illinois Attorney Registion and Disciplinary Commissions against Macey and Aleman of Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. Well the final report is out and it surprised me. Well, I wasn’t shocked that Macey and Aleman were recommended for a two year suspension as lawyers. But I was surprised how much ... Read More »

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