This Time I Asked “Do You Think You Are a Failure When You Break Your Budget?”

Recently I was over on the Finance Your Life blog and asked Doctor S, the blogger there for his opinion on the following question: “Do you become a financial failure when you break the budget just trying to get a bit of fun in your life when everything else around is stressful at home, at … Read more

Daniel Writes In – “How Can I Get Out of Credit Card Debt?”

Daniel says, “I’ve been buried in credit card debt and it feels like I make payments each month and instead of things going down, things go up. My interest rates recently went up even though I have not missed a payment or paid late. Another one of my MasterCard’s just lowered my limit a lot. … Read more

Rebecca And Her Husband Are Struggling to Keep The Business Going

“Dear Steve, My husband and I own our own business but have been struggling lately. I work a 9-5 job while he stays at home to run the business. We owe a lot of debt in credit cards from working to get the business up and going – and we’re just a few hundred dollars … Read more

Thu Wrote Me And Said “I’m Really Struggling, My Husband is Disabled, How Can I Get Out Of Debt?”

“Dear Steve, I’m married, my husband is disabled. I have 3 growing children and a 6 year old disabled child. My payroll checks go straight to bills. I use the credit card for foods and miscellaneous household items. I’m really struggling. I go to work in deep depression and stressful almost everyday. How do I … 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

In a World of Hurt Writes and Wants to Know “Should We Tell My Parents?”

I got the question below through the GetOutOfDebt.org site from someone that identified themselves as In a World of Hurt. Feel free to visit GetOutOfDebt.org and ask me your question, you can use an anonymous name, it’s okay. “Dear Steve, We owe $103,000 on our first mortgage, $16,000 on our home equity loan, and $17,000 … Read more

We Went to a Bankruptcy Attorney And Was Told Bankruptcy Was Not a Good Thing. – Barcia

Barcia “Dear Steve, Do to lower salary can only pay mortgage or credit cards of 100k. Went to bankrupcty attorney and he said we do not qualify for chap7 and chap 13 was not a good thing. Told us to stop paying credit cards and only mortgage. We have done that but are afraid credit … Read more

Jenni Can’t Make the Car Payment and is Behind on Rent and the Clutch Just Went

Jenni “Dear Steve, I am behind on my car payment. I can’t pay my rent this month. The clutch just went out on my car. I work two jobs but I can’t get to them now that my car is broken. I joined the Army but I don’t leave until January. How can I get … Read more

John is Worried His Debt Will Scare Away His Fiancee

“Dear Steve, Here is the situation. I have 50K of debt between credit cards and lines of credit and a 20k vehicle loan. When I first met my fiancee, she asked about credit card debt, I was defensive about it so i just told her that i didn’t have any. She knew I had a … Read more

Is a Credit Card a Right or a Privilege? – Personal Finance Bloggers Question of The Week

This weeks personal finance brain trust question was: Is having and using a credit card a right or a privilege? WC – A 27-year-old writer living in Chicago and writing about personal finance through The Writer’s Coin. This one’s easy: this is a service. So if I had to pick I would say it’s a … Read more