Sacrifice

Ice cream dates were out the window. Eating steaks was also out the window (poor Josh). Lunch? That's what you make each night and pack into a bag so you can take it to work with you. Not in a fancy, cool lunchbox (unless you already have one), but in one of those plastic bags from the grocery store. And you reuse the plastic bag every day until it has jelly smeared down the side of it (cause you're packing PB&J -- or its equivalent -- every day). Our food budget was $40 a week, combined, for the majority of those 3 years. ...more

This is a great article, I can do this and have, my car is a compact, paid for and 9 years old. ...more

The Other Side of the Fence (Life After Bankruptcy)

I think that it’s a big thing that I can say that Jessie and I never fight about money.  When things are tight and we are stressed about how we are going to make our money stretch, we are able to sit and talk it out without fighting about it.  This is a part of my marriage that makes me very proud. Oh, it wasn’t always like that.  We had to do a trial by fire to learn how to calm the hell down where money was concerned.  We learned young, and we learned hard....more

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm there. I'm coming out with it that I plan to file myself ...more

Top reasons that employers give for accessing, and why they are wrong

Here is a list of the reasons people give for wanting your credit report, and why those reasons are complete bunk.  This list comes from e-how (in bold), and my reasoning is in normal ...more

Your credit report should be a privacy issue--illegal for employers to access

  Everyone has seen the Credit report commercials depicting a young man working in a crab shack serving tourists instead of working at the job he is qualified to do. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life for some of the most highly educated individuals in this country. ...more

I want to know how long the federal government can go allowing this cycle to continue.  ...more

Beware of "Credit Repair"

I was a credit counselor for a nonprofit credit counseling agency and heard about credit card "debt repair" solutions my clients had chosen that ended up being nightmares. It is not possible to "eliminate" or "cut by 50%" your debt, which was mostly credit card and medical debt in my clients' cases, and have no consequences....more

7 Ways to Get Out of Credit Card Debt

When you have outstanding debts, chances are, you’ll find your finances all tied up and you aren’t in any liberty to do with as you wish because you have obligations to the bank or credit card company that you owe money to. In my debt management blog, I write ways and tips to get rid of all kinds of debt including student loan debt, mortgages and credit card debt. I’m sure that you’re looking for ways to fix things and so, here are some tips on debt management that might help you get out of credit card debt. ...more

Your Credit Card was Just Canceled. Now What?

At first she thought the problem was that pesky magnetic stripe. She knew she had plenty of credit available on her card, she always paid her bills on time, and she usually paid more than the minimum payment due. When that card didn't work, Jennifer* simply used her other card. No worries. The second time it happened she went online to double check her card balance. The online statement showed when Jennifer had made her last payment,and it indicated her card was not only active but there was plenty of available credit. ...more

Amex sent out a wave of cancelations this week.  Maybe if they stay away from ...more

Small Business Owners Can Make their Own Spark & Create a Bang for the 4th of July

The call is going out around our small business for a portable grill this week, as employees are planning a cook-out.  Our pre-Independence Day cook-out will be a small affair, an opportunity to say good-bye to a colleague and get together in a casual setting.  ...more

I Love My Bank..er, Credit Union

  My bank is pretty much amazing! They offer some great services and help all the time. Plus they have a bucket of DumDums ready for the taking at the counter. In fact, I’ve been in the car with my friend DD Momma and her kids and whenever we pass by a Forum Credit Union, her kids point and ask if they can all go get candy. It’s kinda cool when your kids WANT to go to the bank with mom. I remember my mom’s bank. They had free cold water. That was pretty cool but Dum Dums are waaaaaay better! ...more

My day started with a call from a “private” number…

I almost ignored the call, as I'd just dropped off the kids and hurrying to get ready for work. "Is this K-eye-rah?" asked a deep, male voice. Accustomed to the name-slaughter, I almost hung up but answered warily, "Yah." ...more