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How Do I Get a Child Support Collection Removed From My Credit Report

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“Dear Steve, I have a child support collection on my trans Union report dating back to 2001 (date opened) and showing date closed as Nov 2007. As it’s more than 7 years old can’t that be deleted? Also, the state recently added the same collection to my Equifax with the same dates. Can’t that be deleted as well? David” Dear ... Read More »

    The Best Way to Lower Parent PLUS Loan Payments

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    Parent PLUS student loans sure seem like a financial death trap. Parents are encouraged to jump into them to help pay for school by taking out Parent PLUS student loans, and they think they are doing a good thing, but is it smart? What a Parent PLUS Loan Is For those that might now be aware, a Parent PLUS student ... Read More »

      Take the Free Money Personality Test to Find Out Who You Really Are

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      I’d love to say you have complete control over how you spend money. The reality is you just don’t. Like many things in life, it is those things we can’t control caught deep in our personality that really dictate how we deal with our money. Some people are well balanced spenders but most people are out of balance one way ... Read More »

        Does a School Have to Provide a Real Skill for All That Student Loan Debt?

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        “Dear Steve, My friend somehow got her grants changed to loans when they made her reapply right before the school year started as they were installing a new system. She doesn’t know what happened as she was actually going thru a tremendous amount of turmoil due to robberies, harassment from juveniles (she was working at the detention center at the ... Read More »

          How to Borrow Your Way Out of a Student Loan Default and Lower Your Payment

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          I can certainly understand why issues surrounding student loans seem like an unknown foreign language for many people. While the information is out there it seems that nobody knows what to make of it. Almost the worst place to turn for advice seems to be the student loan debt collectors. In all fairness it just might not be their job ... Read More »

            Crestmont Funding Debt Consolidation Loan Mailer Sent in by Reader

            Crestmont Funding mailer received by reader.

            An amazing reader, Shawn, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. He received a mailer from Crestmont Funding for a debt consolidation loan. Shawn wanted to point out the BBB logo was prominently displayed. According to the BBB and the State of North Dakota, the company address is 3949 Highway 8 STE 109, ... Read More »

              I Was a National Guard Nurse With Loads of Student Loans

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              “Dear Steve, I am a nurse who graduated in 1997. I went into default and had my wages garnished for nearly two years. I was in the Florida Army National Guard and one of the benefits was student loan repayment of $20,000. I took out a grand total of $30,000 thinking I would only have to pay back $10,000 since ... Read More »

                How to Locate Who You Owe on Your Private Student Loans

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                “Dear Steve, I’m a music teacher making $1,850 a month. I’m 31 and suffering the consequences of bad/lack of financial advice early on and of course my own terribly decisions. A few years ago when the calls started in earnest I jotted down notes on the names, location and totals of my student loans and I was almost $200,000. I ... Read More »

                  My Springleaf Financial, Regional Finance and Time Financing Loans are More Than I Can Handle

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                  “Dear Steve, Fell behind on light bill so in order to keep lights on took out a personal loan, then couldn’t pay that one so applied for another small loan same thing- now have three loans not able to pay for. Kept getting letters in mail saying I was approved. I am drowning in debt with three small loan companies- ... Read More »

                    The Easiest Way to Stop a Student Loan Wage Garnishment – Loan Rehabilitation

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                    I can’t tell you how frequently people ask me for the best advice to deal with an Administrative Wage Garnishment for a federal student loan. It’s quite often. And the tragedy is the wage garnishment could have been easily avoided. The loans should never have been allowed to get to that point because there are such good programs to avoid ... Read More »

                      Can the Obama Student Loan Program Really Help Us?

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                      “Dear Steve, So this is less my situation than my partner’s. Ryan had a bit of a rough patch in his younger days – a pretty long one actually – and managed to rack up a school loan debt without managing to graduate college. He has $18,000 on the books right now that has been deferred for years for different ... Read More »

                        NourishLife Speak Claimed to be Unfair and Deceptive Says FTC

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                        The Federal Trade Commission has just filed suit against a set of alleged life improving supplement companies claiming the advertising and claims made was unfair are deceptive. NourishLife, which also does business as SpeechNutrients, Lifenutrients, PharmaOmega, and BeneOmega, is the target of this action. At the heart of this issue is some product name Speak. According to the NourishLife website, ... Read More »

                          Three Ways I Made $3,200 in Less Than 10 Minutes. You Can Too.

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                          I write about debt issues all the time. I’ve done it for decades. Truly the best way to deal with digging yourself out of a financial hole is to adjust the balance of your money coming in and your dollars going out. It is a fact of life that every dollar saved in expenses is a dollar you don’t have ... Read More »

                            I Was the Biggest Jerk to Get So Buried in Student Loans

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                            “Dear Steve, I have $130,000 in private student loans from Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae, Citibank and Discover. The minimum monthly payment is $1,595. Since graduating in 2011 with a liberal arts bachelor’s degree, I’ve made monthly minimums through myriad part time jobs, usually several at once, odd jobs and temporary positions through a staffing agency–never finding full time work and ... Read More »

                              What is Your Opinion on Lending Yourself Money to Rebuild Credit?

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                              “Dear Steve, Hi, I have a question about the finer points of manipulating your credit score. I’m a pretty financially savvy guy and I was doing great until the great recession hit right after I had financed an expansion to double the size of my small business. Although I fought hard, it was no longer a going concern and I ... Read More »

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