I’m Struggling on Disability Income. Is American Consumer Credit Counseling Reputable?

Question: Dear Steve, I’m living on permanent disability and dealing with credit card minimum payments that are eating most of my monthly income. I have been told that ACCC American Consumer Credit Counseling (the nonprofit organization) is great at reducing interest rates and monthly payments by 50%. Is this true? Are they reputable? What could … Read more

Podcast – Straight Talk About Student Loan Forgiveness if You Are in Jail

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Yesterday I wrote How to Get Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven if You Go to Prison. The results of my research were so surprising I had to make this podcast as a follow-up. This is just another wrinkle in the ridiculousness created by student loans. After taking a deep dive into this subject, I’m not … Read more

How Much Credit Card Debt Should I Carry to Not Harm My Credit Score?

How Much Credit Card Debt Should We Carry to Not Harm Our Credit Score

Question: Dear Steve, I have three credit card accounts, all with Citibank. Two of them are closed. The one open account has a credit limit of $1700. I am just $140 below the limit on it. The other two are at about 40% or less. I am getting dinged on my FICO score as they … Read more

Truth About Navient Student Loan Forgiveness. It’s Not What You Assume.

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Over on the Debt Free Dudes podcast, Damon Day and I talk about the confusion, complexities, and misinformation about the announcements that Navient forgiveness of student loans. There are so many important details the headlines can’t give you. Debtors will be confused and may wind up angry if they think some or all of their … Read more

Do NOT Avoid Bankruptcy – Podcast

There is so much misinformation floating about when it comes to dealing with debt. Far too many people tell you bankruptcy is a last resort or you should avoid bankruptcy. But here is the ironic thing, that is often the worst advice possible. In this podcast, Damon Day and I talk about bankruptcy, myths and … Read more

Student Loan Limbo and How to Get Out and Get On With Your Life! – Podcast

The issue today is that there seem to be so many conflicting stories and so much misinformation about student loans, people have become frustrated. Student loans are a major problem for most of our listeners and the nation. Not only are they unaffordable but they are also dragging down all consumers with higher prices, and … Read more

Well Bless Danny’s Heart – EAC Student Loan Contracts – Biz Op Refund

Today Damon Day and I talk about three quick topics. The first is a reader comment from our last podcast on debt validation. Danny sure is irritated by the podcast. Next, we talk about the termination of financing agreements for student loan assistance services. Finally, we discuss how the FTC is sending refund checks to … Read more

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a Really Crappy Program – Podcast

Today Damon Day and I get stupidly silly laughing and complaining about the ridiculousness of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that was intended to forgive student loans for firefighters, police officers, teachers, low-income lawyers, military service members, and more. The PSLF program has turned into a disgrace with more than 98% of people apply … Read more

Get Out of Debt Guy Show Podcast – July 23, 2021

On this podcast Damon Day and I focused on reduced mortgage payments for people behind on their federally backed mortgage loans after Covid forbearance ends, why it is so easy to make bad emotional decisions, and adios to FedLoan Servicing. Steve Rhode Get Out of Debt Guy GetOutOfDebt.org You can subscribe to my podcast on … Read more