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I’ve Said It For Years, a Debit Card is Not as Safe to Use as a Credit Card

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The Consumerist site had a great story titled “Why Do Lenders Want You To Use Your Debit Card Like A Credit Card?” in which they brought up the issue again about the differences between a credit card and a debit card. Debit cards have invaded our lives and they are pushed like crack by our banks. The information the banks ... Read More »

    Collection Agent Trying Not to Use Violence

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    A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor just exemplifies how different consumer debt rules are around the world. In some areas debt collectors can intimidate you and in other parts of the world they can come to your home and office and shame you, grab you or break in. The article is about debt problems in India and my ... Read More »

      I Want You to Meet Who You Helped Today – DANNY MARILU

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      It is important for you to meet who we helped today through this site. As I mention, all over the place, revenue from people clicking on ads and using the service of advertisers is used to help sponsor people in poverty through Kiva. Please visit or use the services of advertisers on the site so we can help more people. ... Read More »

        Debt Relief USA Ordered Out of Georgia and Must Pay Over Half a Million in Refunds and Fines

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        Joe Doyle, Administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), announced that the agency has entered into a settlement with Debt Relief USA, Inc., a debt adjustment company, over allegations that it violated Georgia’s Debt Adjustment Act. The company agreed to refund all fees it has received from its Georgia clients, a total of $527,205.55, reimburse OCA for administrative ... Read More »

          You May be Down and Unemployed But You Are Still a Hero to Me.

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          When I was growing up my Dad found himself unexpectedly unemployed. He went from being an executive to without work, through no fault of his own. I often think back about those days as I read the emails of people that write to me for help who are now unemployed and struggling. I asked my father to share with you ... Read More »

            Negotiate With Your Doctor For Cheaper Medical Care

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            I’ve noticed that doctors have been doing more negotiating on the cost of services. My daughter went to a local doctor that offered to knock 40% off the cost of the visit if she paid in advance for the office visit. The other day I noticed that the local urgent care place now offers up to 30% off for bills ... Read More »

              Suzie Orman Agrees With Me On Minimum Payments

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              Yesterday I was watching television and this short segment on Suzie Orman came on. I’m not a huge fan of Suzie Orman but that has to do with her presentation rather than her advice. For some reason, to me, she is like nails on a blackboard. But there I was, watching her short piece on CBS Sunday Morning and she ... Read More »

                This Photograph is For Janet

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                I just answered a question for Janet and I told her I would post one of my photographs for her. I took this photograph inside a trashed and abandoned house. On the inside it was dark, depressing and scary, but outside was warm and sunny. It reminded me a bit of how life feels when you are in debt. What ... Read More »

                  Eleven Companies Settle With The State Under New Debt-Management And Credit Counseling Regulations

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                  Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced 3-12-2009 that enforcement actions taken under debt management laws that came into effect last year have resulted in settlements from 11 companies. “In this current economy, consumers need to be particularly careful about offers to eliminate debts and erase negative information from credit records,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “Consumers should avoid paying large ... Read More »

                    Apparently Being Dead and Cold Is Not Enough to Stop Debt Collectors

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                    WASHINGTON – A senior senator is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reported instances of debt collection firms asking people to pay their dead relatives’ credit card bills or other debts. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, met Tuesday with the new chairman of the FTC, Jon Leibowitz, and requested that the agency look ... Read More »

                      In the Netherlands, Banks Bid For Your Business

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                      Instead of researching which bank offers the highest interest rate, Dutch consumers can now put their money up for auction, getting banks to bid on their savings. After registering with new online facilitator Spaarbod, consumers state how much money they’d like to put aside, for how long and on which terms. The website automatically calculates the best rates that are ... Read More »

                        I Want You to Meet Who You Helped Today – Marife Gomez

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                        It is important for you to meet who we helped today through this site. As I mention, all over the place, revenue from people clicking on ads and using the service of advertisers is used to help sponsor people in poverty through Kiva. Please visit or use the services of advertisers on the site so we can help more people. ... Read More »

                          Don’t Pay More Than the Minimums on Your Credit Cards

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                          I know this is going to sound like crazy talk but keep reading. Now is not the time to pay more than the minimum payment on your credit card if you don’t have a lot of money in savings. If you thought the foreclosure crisis was bad, just watch what is going to happen to credit cards. With twenty thousand ... Read More »

                            A Brilliant Article You Need to Read on Misguided Credit Card Lending

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                            I just read an amazing article that everyone should read about the future and present of credit cards. If you have an interest in consumer debt issues you need to read “Credit Cards Are the Next Credit Crunch” While it is all brilliant, I think the following section is the most important. There are several factors that are playing into ... Read More »

                              Debt is Dragging Even Me Down, Mentally.

                              Right now it is a beautiful North Carolina day with the sun shinning over a blue sky, birds singing and a gentle breeze is blowing. In some respects it is a tremendous day worth living. But I’ve got to be honest, I’m trying to get in the mood to dive into the never ending requests for help that are sent ... Read More »

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