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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
12:29 pm
Does anyone know of any good places to get credit cards through for people with no credit at all.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
10:56 am
Ah, they are trying to hook me in. Not this time.
For the last 5.5 years, I have been in a debt repayment program to pay off my credit card debt and have made a lot of progress, even paying off some things a few months earlier than planned.  I actually found a credit application in my mailbox yesterday and had to chuckle, considering that my one remaining credit card will be paid off in a few months.  I think it's a good time to visit the office shredder.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
10:25 am
An Introduction plus Questions
Hi all,

I have come to this community to find some support in lowering my debt. A brief history: I was a married, stay at home mom for 15 yrs. Obviously, no work history etc. I was lucky enough to come out of the divorce with a house (our investment/rental property at the time) and 500 dollars a month maintenance. No child support as we have joint custody.

Along the way, I moved in with my now fiance. He came from a large city and a job that paid far more then he was able to get here in smalltown Wis, and eventually filed for bankruptcy to pay off his old c.c debts. But at the same time, we were both looking for jobs and it took him 6-7 months to find one, while it took me over 2 yrs.

In the beginning, we used my c.c to live. I moved into my house with nothing, no fridge, furniture, washer/dryer etc. So I ended up with about 12,000 dollars c.c. debt just on living.

Nowadays, we both have very good jobs for around here, and hope to buy a bigger house this coming year. This is where my questions come in. Right now, my debt to income is screwed on paper, and my credit score is in the 600's. Which is more important? And what is the best way to achieve it? I've been using the maintenance money to make payments on whatever card I can, but there's some differing opinions as to whether it's better to pay off the smallest first, or the highest interest first. As of this point, I've been able to pay off 1,200 dollars of that c.c debt. We don't spend frivolously (rarely go out to eat, shop clearance when needed, etc) and have our goal in mind.

So there are my questions. Debt to income, or credit score? And smallest balance, or highest interest?? And on top of that..if you have MANY charge cards, is it better to close the accounts once paid off or keep them all open? Thank you!
Thursday, September 1st, 2005
11:02 am
Highway Robbery
One thing for certain, with the gas prices rising to high levels ($3.19/gallon in Jackson, Michigan yesterday), the need to watch one's budget is more critical than ever. I am already modifying my driving habits where I can, limiting extra trips to stores unless it happens to be on the way to and from home, watching my driving speed (yes, I am a lead foot) and use cruise control when driving on the highway, and making sure the tires are properly inflated and the fluid levels in the car are where they should be to reduce extra friction that will reduce fuel efficiency. I am also more thankful that I had started on the road to debt reduction years ago.

Current Mood: worried
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
4:07 pm
article today on MSN
Just some good common sense things hta perhaps some of us forget about
Friday, July 1st, 2005
10:14 pm
emotional intelligence
I read a good book by Daniel Goleman, called "Emotional Intelligence", at one point mentioning how the emotional sense of the brain is approximately 24 times more powerful than the logic sense.

Applying that to financial situations, isn't that scary?

It does explain the consumeristic attitude that many people feel obligated to partake in, nevertheless; splurging in malls or any store for that matter, rationalizing that it's okay, that they deserve it, that they won't do it again, that it helps the economy to spend spend spend.


Current Mood: passive
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
4:25 pm
Just joined
Hi, I came across this when looking up debt reduction and related communities. Back in college in the early 1990's, I had built up some debt and had struggled with it ever since. After having to buy a new car (along with the resulting car loan) and dealing with health issues, I signed up with Consumer Credit Counseling (now GreenPath) and had paid down a huge chunk of my bills. It was not easy, but I have gotten it down to a much more manageable amount and anticipate having almost all of it paid sometime in early 2006. GreenPath did not give me a loan, but helped to set up a payment plan and arranging deposits for me to make every payday while they took care of sending the payments on my behalf. They were helpful in negotiating with my creditors so that I did not have to deal with the creditor phone calls, which saved me considerable mental stress. I was able to pay off one card back in May, a couple months earlier than anticipated, and am down to two more to go.

However, the key thing was determining what my values were as far as spending. I used to spend on frivolous stuff, but not have enough money to cover a doctor visit copay. Even when I used to work lots of overtime at work, I would still never have "enough" money, and building up savings will be a challenge. When I go shopping for clothes nowadays, I do ask myself whether I truly do need this shirt, pants, etc., and see if I can buy it someplace else cheaper if possible or leave it. Do I really need this $15 conditioner, or can I get a similar one for $1.50? I have found some wonderful finds at local consignment shops for only $1.00, and some of this stuff is Liz Claiborne, which is far more expensive at the mall. Also, it is nice not to have that sick feeling, worrying whether there will be enough money to cover everything, in one's stomach when it comes time to check out. I enjoy either reading or simple get-togethers with friends where we play card and board games and hang out, and that, in my opinion, is far more priceless to me. I hope to pick up some good things here. Thanks.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, June 20th, 2005
7:53 am
Hi, my name is Mark, a newbie...... Nice to meet some like-minded individuals here.

I'm just curious.....are many of you familiar with books by Robert Kiyosaki, such as "Rich Dad Poor Dad"? Or Thomas Stanley, with his book "The Millionaire Next Door"? Excellent, excellent pieces discussing the truly financially free people in our society.

Nice meeting you.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, March 14th, 2005
9:12 pm
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I was looking for information about Debt Consolidation. I wondered if it was just a bad idea. I don't know anyone who's tried it and I'm worried it might be a scam of some sort.
If anyone has any info., please help.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
9:56 am
I did it, now i'm scared
This weekend I cut up all my credit cards except 1 with a 0 balance (my emergency one). Now I am scared that I'll just have to have something. But I feel better that I have taken some control back, my fate will no longer rest with those plastic devils.

Edit: Thanks for the encouragement. I also closed an account. As soon as they are paid off I close the account. But what a hassle, they sure don't like to lose anybody.
Tuesday, January 4th, 2005
8:46 am
Monday, January 3rd, 2005
9:03 pm
setting goals
If you have problems setting goals and achieving them (like I do sometimes), some community assistance may help. This site: 43 Things lets you set goals, blog your progress (linked to LJ, if you want, so you don't have 50 blogs), and see what goals others are setting and how they are achieving them. This looks like a great way to track spending goals. I'm trying it out and I thought you all might like to also.

(x-posted to organize)

Current Mood: nerdy
Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
12:27 pm
Sunday, December 12th, 2004
11:08 am
Hello, everyone!
New member here, from Chicago, IL. I thought I'd start by sharing a method that I've been using lately to spend less money.

First of all, I try to stay OUT of the stores in the first place.

Second, if I do go in a store - and find something that I think i want to buy, I carry it around the store for awhile, like "okay, I'm getting this.". While I'm carrying it around, looking at other stuff, I think to myself "Do you REALLY want another sweater, etc.? Do you really NEED this?" I usually, in a bit, think of something else in my closet that is similar to the thing I thought I wanted, and I'm able to leave it behind.

If I'm in a store like Target, picking up actual essentials - toothpaste, shampoo, etc. - I get sidetracked by NON essentials - candles, clothes, makeup. The things I put in my basket also get carried around for awhile with the same method, and invariably I've put back 3 or 4 things by the time I'm ready to check out. I also have a friend who I go shopping with and we are great at "talking each other out of stuff". I almost bought a curling iron one trip. She talked me out of it, and I realized she was exactly right - it was almost an impulse buy that I wouldn't have used. Go, J! ;-)

Just a few mind games I play with myself to keep my spending under control. Thought you guys would be amused or interested!

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, November 8th, 2004
9:27 am
Thursday, September 16th, 2004
7:46 pm
I posted months ago that I was going to do something about my spending. I never did a thing about it. I'm still just as broke. I need a financial kick in the butt. That kick will more than likely come when my car dies and I have no money to fix or no money for a down payment.

Current Mood: disappointed
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
2:08 pm
Update on spending
My newest test.My husband and I are not buying any clothing this (fisical) year.So far we've done 1 month.

I have been doing mostly good on the spending.

We had to buy a few things for the new place but I didn't spend extra on anything.And no nick nacks or anything like that.

I am lusting after having a rug for the livingroom but think that we will hold off until its at least 50% off.

I got two pairs of curtains for $6 because they were out of the package.They woudld have otherwise been $28.I'd say thats a pretty good savings.

I've also taken up cupon clipping.There are rearly cupons for stuff I need or use but when one is there I am using it weather its $0.05 or $1.00.Its kind of fun really.I would like a better way of organizing it into catagories and dates so I use them before they expire.

My husband has been bringing home the Sunday newspaper from work so were no longer paying for that and I'm also comparison shopping on the insert sales fliers.

We also returned the crock for Alhambra and stopped service to save about $30 a month.We can refil the 5 gallon container we have with filtered water for $0.39 at FoodsCo...I'm there anyway so no extra trip or anything.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, September 10th, 2004
10:43 pm
Greetings from Toronto

I don't know how it started.  I finished university debt-free (by working and by living at my mother's) in 1993.  For years I paid my credit card bills on time in full. And then I started spending and spending and spending and spending.  And I got depressed about it ... so I spent more.

Now I owe $9058CDN to VISA.  So I am seeking financial FREEDOM.

But it's not just about paying back VISA.  I am just tired of the the SPEND money on STUFF culture. (cue the George Carlon routine *wry smile*)  I need a change.  I want to change. Somehow ,however, I have found the voluntary simplicity movement a bit wanting given the VSM market that has developed around it (here's a way to buy more stuff for next to nothing).  It is also, to my mind, a bit condescending to those people who must live in poverty involuntarily. 

Anyway, that article from the Oregonian was fascinating and I wonder if I could do it too... 

Current Mood: contemplative
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