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

Is Consumer Credit Counseling Becoming Less Relevant?

I could not help but notice the number of new financial initiatives that seem to just disregard Consumer Credit Counseling as we know it with groups like the National Foundation for Consumer Credit. Could it be true that out in the wider world the NFCC and its members have just lost their luster? Here is … Read more

Consumer Credit Counseling Pros and Cons. My Ultimate Guide to Understanding How Credit Counseling Really Works.

Consumer credit counseling is one of the options people turn to when dealing with debt issues so let’s take an honest look at the pros and cons of the program and what it has to offer. Consumer credit counseling in one form or another has been around as debt proraters, debt lumpers, or debt consolidators … 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As a student of debt history I’m probably one of those odd geeks that spends time reading outdated and arcane material about consumer debt and debt relief activities.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

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

A New Way Out of Debt

A New Way out of Debt In a growing number of cities, businessmen are getting together to offer a helping hand to those in financial hot water. Condensed from Empire: Murray Teigh Bloom In the fall of 1960 the world seemed about to collapse around Billy and Marilyn Simmons of Phoenix, Ariz., and their two … Read more

Debt Settlement Companies Being Investigated by State of Kansas

Kansas is cracking down on the sales and service of debt settlement services. While tight lipped about who they are specifically investigating, Kevin Glendening, the Deputy Banking Director, has confirmed his office is investigating debt settlement companies. Glendening says, “Companies that I think consumers should avoid are a lot of the ones that you see … 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

What Do You Think of the CCCS company Money Management International? – Carol

“Dear Steve, What do think of Money Management International? Are they the same company as CCCS? I have about 60,000 in debt and I need help my husband hasnt had a paycheck since Nov I did my own modification on my house back in Jan. I have no equity in my house they just lowered … Read more

Disturbing and Potentially Deceptive Move by Credit Card Industry. HelpWithMyCredit.org

It what certainly feels like yet another self-serving action by the credit card industry, Bank of America, Capital One, Citi and Discover Card, as well as the payments networks MasterCard and Visa have launched a new website HelpWithMyCredit.org that misleads consumers. What appears to be even worse, is that a CNN personal financial reporter that … Read more

Most Debt Advice Suggested is Snake Oil or the Wrong Solution For People In Trouble. Here’s Why.

I’ve been following the conversations on Twitter (@GetOutOfDebtGuy) and watching what others are saying about debt management, credit counseling, debt settlement and bankruptcy and it really has me worried and concerned. I’m a guy that lived through financial problems myself and went bankrupt in 1990. I then went on to found and run a non-profit … Read more

I Have Contacted CCCS and Money Management International And Was Told They Can’t Help Me. – Josephine

“Dear Steve, I have contacted CCCS and Money Management International and was told my debt/inome ratio would make it impossible to make payment arrangements with citi that I owe $25,000.00. Then I saw a bankruptcy attorney. The bankruptcy atty told me that I have too much equity in my house to go bankrupt and yet … Read more

Quickies – CCCS Consumer Review, Autos, Cards, Balances, and Debt

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 CCCS consumer review – CCCS stands for Consumer Credit … Read more

Michael is Looking For a NFCC Debt Settlement Program

Michael “Dear Steve, I am approx. 30,000 in cc debt.Am cuurrent with payments but future doesnt look so good. Needed money for medical bills and to keep operating my business-excavating. I am looking for a good debt settlement program-is the NFCC something to consider or is there others. Thanks. Michael” Dear Michael, When you mention … Read more