How Can I Figure Out How Much I Can Afford to Pay My Credit Cards Each Month? – George

“Hi Steve, I have one credit card with a $20,000 balance with a $450 minimum monthly payment. I’m not getting too far at paying this off. I would like to start paying higher payments to pay this off faster but im not sure how to figure out how much is the most I can afford … Read more

Trisha is a Single Mom, Separated, and Facing Bankruptcy. What Should She Do?

Trisha “Dear Steve, I am a single mom and heavily in debt. I was living with my husband (we are legally separated) because of finances but recently I moved out. I am not behind on my payments at this time because I didn’t have to pay rent, utilities, etc. It is only a matter of … Read more

MJ – “I’m Ill, I’ve Got Bills, And I Don’t Know What To Do”

MJ “Dear Steve, I’ve been able to work very little because of severe health issues. Sadly they are on going, with uncertain prognosis. Medical bills mounting as well. (about 5K). I’ve been living off of credit cards and can no longer keep up with payments. Approx 2k per mo. in credit card payments. I’m not … Read more

How Do I Pay My Credit Card Bills and Still Have Money for Day-to-Day Expenses? – Maria

“Dear Steve, I am a teacher. I have enough for mortgage and bills but not for credit card payments anymore and I am going crazy with debt. I was paying my minimum payments on credit cards but then was left with no money left over for day to day expenses so I would use the … Read more

John Wants to Know “If I Consolidate My Debt On One Account Will It Hurt My Credit Score?”

“Dear Steve, I opened up too many credit card accounts in the past two years i recently joinend a credit union bank which offered me a chance to put all my credit cards under one account. I owe about 3,000. I also only make about 1,400 a month so at times I’m only able to … Read more

Constipated Lending Makes Economy Ill

Our economic life cycle is dependent on all all parties doing their fair share of the heavy lifting. Finance companies and banks lend – consumers buy stuff using credit – stuff must be built – jobs are created and so forth. We keep hearing about a crushing windpipe grip on banks and the government pleading … Read more