We’ve Been to Credit Counseling But Should We File For Bankruptcy?

Dear Steve Hi! I am a piano teacher, and due to the bad economy have very few students, even though I am used to having plenty. We just moved because we could no longer afford where we lived. We gave up our house in a deed in lieu of foreclosure. My husband took a cut … Read more

Did the CFPB Just Totally Blow Off CCCS and NFCC?

I could not help but notice an absence of some familiar faces in an announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) today on financial education. The CFPB announced an inspired national project to help those most in need to get more education about managing their finances. You would have expected the National Foundation for … Read more

Consumer Credit Counseling Settles Debt on 50% of its Clients – 1968

As a student of debt history I’m probably one of those odd geeks that spends time reading outdated and arcane material about consumer debt and debt relief activities. Recently I sat down and read a 1968 document put out by the NFCC. Today they are called the National Foundation for Credit Counseling but back then … Read more

Did the NFCC Client of the Year Really Do the Ethical Thing?

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Recently put out a press release celebrating their clients of the year who, in my opinion, should never have been put into a debt management plan to begin with. See NFCC Celebrates Utter Stupidity and Puts Older Dementia Patient in Debt Management Plan. My goodness, I hate to make … Read more

The Truth About The Success Rates, Failure Rates and Completion Rates of Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, Bankruptcy, and Debt Consolidation Loans

This is a story that I’ve been working on for a few weeks. I’ve been asking people and groups for feedback and information to write this but what I’ve run into, is a wall. I have received some feedback from groups and people that don’t wish to be publicly identified to protect themselves but what … Read more

NFCC and CCCS Should be Open and Transparent When It Comes to Performance

For far too long credit counseling groups have remained silent about how their service actually performs. Many routinely direct consumers to nonprofit credit counselors but how effective are they? The actual performance numbers have always been a closely guarded secret. That secret has been held, not out of modesty, but out of fear that when … Read more

Should I Do CCCS vs Debt Settlement? – Dave

“Dear Steve, I am behind on my credit card debt to the tune of $35,000. I’ve looked into different options but I’m not sure if I should go cccs vs debt settlement? What do you think? Dave” Dear Dave, For people that don’t know what CCCS means, it stands for Consumer Credit Counseling Service. These … Read more

I Am in a Debt Management Plan With Only $100 a Month to Spare. – Lynn

“Dear Steve, I have about 24000 in debt credit cards and loans. I was in a debt management plan about 5 months ago with a local company. I was off of work for a sort time. What I currently pay out now i have about $100 left each month to live on. If I decide … Read more

I’m in Debt and Talked to CCCS and They Said They Could Not Help Me. – Ray

Ray “Dear Steve, I have about $75,000 in credit card debt on 3 cards. I know I have been spending beyond my means and I have already changed my ways. I didn’t have any trouble paying my bills until a few months ago, when several things that needed cash added up. I have never been … Read more

Is Money Management International a Reputable CCCS Company? – Dawn

Dawn “Dear Steve, My husband’s income has dropped by about 60%. We’re having a difficult time making ends meet. We have a forebearance plan right now with our mortgage lender. We have about $35,000 in credit card and medical bill debt. We’ve fallen behind on most of our cards by over 30 days and they … Read more

We Are Concerned About the Complaints Against CCCS. – Andrea

“Dear Steve, We are on the verge of signing a contract with CCCS (Money Management Itl) but the complaints against them are not good! We currently do not own a home, but are making fairly large payments on 2 cars and have almost $40,000 in cc debt…not to mention 2 student loans totally about $25,000 … Read more

Is There Any Free Credit Counseling Help Available? – Everett

“Dear Steve, What is the best way to repay past debt which has been placed in collection, or written off as bad debt? I am now working and want to satisfy these debts and improve my overall credit worthiness. I called what I thought was CCCS and the phone was answered by Money Management International. … Read more

When Are NFCC Call to Action Debt Management Plans Going to Be a Reality? – Eric

“Dear Steve, As of 14 months ago I was grossing $100K/yr, now $42K, I have $51K in CC debt, i am not late/delinquent but it is inevitable, I am down to $1100 bal on a broken down car, $355/mo payment has 3 mo left. I have $7500 in 401K, 44 yrs old. Was able easily … Read more