New Baby, Personal Debt, Business Debt and Need a Plan to Get Out of Debt. – Matt

“Dear Steve, I have personal debt and business debt. My wife and I both have leased cars. We are 28 years old, rent a condo, and have a storage unit. We just had a baby. She makes about 45,000 p/year and I make about 25,000 p/year. (my business isn’t doing well) My credit score is … Read more

FTC Settles Charges Against Children’s Social Media Network After Collecting Personal Information Without Parental Consent

The operator of SkidEKids.com has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after collecting children’s information without parental consent. The website, SkidEKids.com, has been marketed and advertised as a website similar to Facebook or Myspace but for children, providing for them a safe and educational place on the internet. According to the FTC, Skid-e-kids … Read more

Economic Birth Control : Steady Decline In Births Since Start Of Recession

A new study out by The Pew Research Center shows a correlation between a decline in the economy and birth rates. Apparently since 2008 there has been a sharp decline in not only our economy but also fertility rates in the United States. In 2007 the United States hit 4,316,233 births, a record high number, … Read more

Financial Literacy For Kids: How To Really Teach Kids How To Manage Money

When I was 8 years old my dad took me into Citibank to open my very first savings account. He said it would teach me the value of a dollar and the importance of saving. I don’t remember how much I started my account with and if I deposited on a regular basis but I … Read more

Money Saving Strategies for New Parents

You’ve heard the statistics: it’s going to take a zillion dollars to clothe, feed and take care of your child until adulthood. And that doesn’t include college — or the money you’ll spend if they stick around after 18! But you’re plunging into parenthood anyway. Good for you! You don’t have to go completely into … Read more

We Are So Stressed. How Do We Get Out From Under This Mountain of Debt? – Mary

“Dear Steve, My husband and I are in deep financial crisis right now. We renewed our flat recently but we still have an outstanding balance of $2500. Then I haven’t paid my credit cards for the past couple of months which now amounted to around $15000. I still have another outstanding loan where the collection … Read more

Should We Just Throw Up Our Hands And Move On? – Jennifer

“Dear Steve, Relocated out of state…house did not sell for 2 years, finally sold in a short sale and we signed a 30k promissory note. ALL other credit is PERFECT, but we are treated like bad seed. CC companies raising interest rates and slashing credit limits. Go to a store to use a card and … Read more

Samantha Says “My Husband And I Are Young And Don’t Want to File Bankruptcy. What Do We Do?”

Samantha “Dear Steve, My husband and I are young and when we were first married times were really touch since he was self-employed and didnt always have a check coming in ends were hard to meet. Once I even had to take a personal loan out in order to keep the utilities on. Then we … Read more