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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 »

                    Make Sure You Type the Full Domain Name When Looking for GetOutOfDebt.org

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                    I had to share this with you. It made me laugh and these days I’ll take all the laughs I can get. Apparently I accidently typed in GetOutOf in the google search box as I was absentmindedly looking at the site. If you do that, the number one search result is How To Get Out Of A Car Without Showing ... Read More »

                      Quickies – Debt Advice, Bankrupt, Debt, Car Payment, Foreclosure, Getting Sued

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                      When I need a break from answering questions I often take a look for some odd or interesting search terms that people used to find me. Below are some of the latest I saw today that I wanted to provide quick answers to. Steve Search Terms free debt advice – You came to the right place. Ask me your question ... Read More »

                        Government Avoid Foreclosure Loan Modification Open for Refinancing

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                        It is important to note that this loan refinancing program is NOT designed for people that are behind or delinquent on their mortgages. You will have to contact your loan servicer and see if you are eligible for help under the Home Affordable Modification part of the program. To participate in the government backed loan modification program borrowers must meet ... Read More »

                          I Want You to Meet Who You Helped Today – Mairam Melikova

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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 »

                            American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) and the Bounced Checks

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                            In an effort to help state governments deal with bounced and bad checks, some states have outsourced the dealings with the checks to for-profit debt collectors like American Corrective Counseling Services in California. ACCS has relationships with about 150 county District Attorney (DA) offices. In return for the referral of cases to ACCS, the local DA offices get a cut ... Read More »

                              One in Three Consumers Spanked By Their Credit Card Companies

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                              San Francisco, CA – March 2, 2009 – According to a new survey for National Consumer Protection Week (March 1-8) from Credit.com, a third (33.7%) of consumers say their credit card company has made one or more of the following changes to their credit account: Increased their interest rate 15% Increased their minimum payment due 11% Changed their due date ... Read More »

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