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Photos From the Road Yesterday WV to NY.

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Here are some photos from the road yesterday as we travelled from Lewisburg, WV to Buffalo, NY where I had a chance to interview Derek. I’ll post the interview latter when I get a chance to edit it. But for now, I have to head off to Niagara Falls to see it, because it is there. The goal, Syracuse, NY ... Read More »

    I Can Afford to Payoff My Old Debt. Should I? – Emma

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    Emma “Dear Steve, I was financially reckless as a college student, incurring approximately $22,000 in various credit card debt that I ignored throughout graduate school & post-graduate training. Well, now I’m all done and I make a lovely, lucrative salary. I want to buy a house. My credit score is in the low 500s. I can afford to pay off ... Read More »

      Should I Pay Off a Loan I Cosigned For And Not Let It Go Into Bankruptcy. – Victoria

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      Victoria “Dear Steve, I co-signed a loan through a credit card company for a friend to open a business. I have already renegotiated the rate down to 4%. I did it in my friend’s name. She has other debts related to the business and wants to go bankrupt. I do not want my credit affected by bankruptcy. Should I put ... Read More »

        Kevin in Roanoke, VA Talks About His Debt

        Kevin and I met through Twitter and we made arrangements to meet up on my travels around the country. I’m @GetOutOfDebtGuy on Twitter. On August 1, 2009 I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin, sitting down in a local coffee shop and talk about his debt. He was kind enough to share what it was like for him in hopes ... Read More »

          Nobody Will Give Me a Debt Consolidation Loan to Pay Off My Debts. – Scott

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          Scott “Dear Steve, I make good income (130,000.00/yr) but have three kids and several credit cards from before my pay went up. we have approx 40,000 in debt and the payment are starting to get more difficult. We are still making all of our payments How can I consulidate all this debt to one payment and pay off quicker? Scott” ... Read More »

            I Have No Money to Deal With My Money Problems. – Debra

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            Debra “Dear Steve, My job cut my income by 50 per cent , same hours less pay. NOv 15. 2008. My son had cancer with no ins, I had to pay for test and treatment on credit cards,also for gas.and other very important things. My daughter had to go to drug rehab last year, July 2008. All in all I ... Read More »

              I’d Like to Consolidate My Federal Student Loan, Private Student Loan and Credit Card Debt Into One Debt Consolidation Loan. – Jane

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              “Dear Steve, My husband & I have been married 6 years and have two children. One of us has been in school the entire time until he graduated a few months ago. He has a well-paying job now and I’m self-employed. We have a decent income for where we live, but now with the school loans needing to be payed ... Read More »

                Credit Repair and Credit Counseling Firms Banned From New Jersey

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                A Final Consent Judgment has been entered against the defendants sued by the Office of the Attorney General in New Jersey and its Division of Consumer Affairs for allegedly offering credit repair and credit counseling services that consumers paid for but did not receive. Defendants United Credit Adjusters, Bankruptcy Masters Corp., United Counseling Association, Inc., and Credit Bureau Controls Corp. ... Read More »

                  I Had a Chase Credit Protection Plan But They Didn’t Cover Me. – Jaimie

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                  Jaimie “Dear Steve, I have been a Chase customer for 3 or 4 years now. I started with the 0% introduction APR, and then went to 12%. My limit is $5800, and I put my tuition on the card so I have a balance of $5,000. I have ALWAYS paid on time, and most of the time pay up to ... Read More »

                    Should the Business Owners Get Involved With Debt Settlement? – Paul

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                    “Dear Steve, I’ve been a business owner for 20 years and along with my partner, we’ve managed to make a pretty decent living in the construction supply and service industry. Years ago, when we started our company, we established credit lines and credit card accounts in our personal names to help fund projects and equipment that are required for daily ... Read More »

                      I Did a Really Stupid Thing With My Credit. – BG

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                      BG “Dear Steve, First – let me open by saying that I did a very stupid thing that I will never repeat. I’m looking for the best way out without killing my otherwise good credit rating. Here’s my situation. I have worked for an employer for 10 years. During the last 3 years he personally hit hard times and could ... Read More »

                        Would It Be Better To Use a Home Equity Loan to Pay Off Credit Cards or Go Bankrupt? – Carolyn

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                        “Dear Steve, With only $30,000 left on current equity loan and $29,000 in credit card debt – what would be better – cash out with new equity loan (which I can do) or file for bankruptcy? With bankruptcy – I’m afraid that a I would not be able to help my disabled daughter and end up worse off if my ... Read More »

                          I Found You Through Mary Hunt and Debt Proof Living. – Shelly

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                          Shelly “Dear Steve, Thank you so much for this website and helping people like myself get out of debt. I was inspired by Mary Hunt and joined as a member on her website debtproofliving to work my way out of debt. I have over 36k of credit card debt and I am using Mary’s system to pay on this debt ... Read More »

                            I Am So Stressed Over My Debt I Can Hardly Breathe. – Doug

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                            Doug “Dear Steve, i lost my job in January 09 where i was making about 67K/year. at that time, i was pretty much just surviving financially, i had gotten divorce a year earlier and was having trouble adjusting to new expenses (W4 withholdings killed me). i was out of work for 4 months collecting unemployemnt and went through my savings. ... Read More »

                              Should I Drain My 401(k) to Buy a Second House? – Armando

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                              Armando “Dear Steve, I am currently 38 years old, and married to a 24 year old. Between us we have about $25,000 in debt. My 401k is currently valued at $51,889, mind you I have been puting almost $600 in a period just to keep it at this level as most of it goes keeps going away do to stock ... Read More »

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