I find Valentine's Day very stressful. I don't think I'm alone.
February brings Valentines day and unexpected expenses are bound to crop up to make your loved ones feel, loved. Dinner, flowers, chocolates...they all add up! This year make Valentine's day guilt and debt free by entering our CareOne Gives Back Giveaway!
I wish that I could say we have completely learned our lesson. I would love to say that everything is going so perfectly that financial struggles are nothing but a bad memory. I ache to be able to tell you we are a well-oiled financial machine.
I have a new favorite website that I just recently discovered!
People who run up their credit cards again have also failed to implement the tools and habits they used to get out of debt, or failed to solve whatever problem is driving them to overspend
I think we can learn quite a bit from the wealthy when it comes to priorities and money. They know where to put it, how to invest it, but more importantly, where not to spend it.
I have a bicycle; why don't I just use it to get to and from the gym? Sure, it would take a little longer, but I'd be exercising which is the whole point anyway. I could bike to the gym, do additional cardio or strength training, and then ride my bike home.
Our emergency fund had enough in it to cover the cost, but I was hesitant to do the repair immediately. We had just started building up our emergency fund recently, and spending $350 for brake pads would leave it dangerously short should we incur another unexpected expense.
I am not going to lie; I try very hard to put aside money into a savings account and no matter how hard I try, something comes up and I end up needing that money for some sort of urgent expense.
With this recent focus on using coupons, I suddenly feel like I may be missing out on something and leaving money on the table. I've decided I'm going to try couponing, and I want you to follow along win my adventure. Maybe you can even help me!
Bringing up financial issues with your spouse or significant other is never easy. In many relationships, couples differ when it comes to finances.
This month's question reflects on how your credit is affected by settlement.
If you are considering enrolling in a Debt Management Plan or have just enrolled you may be wondering what will happen with your credit cards.
In the late 1980s, I was a struggling young father in my 20s who was going through a divorce and trying to make ends meet. In an effort to seek help managing my debt, I took the advice of a lawyer and declared bankruptcy. It was a huge blow to my self-esteem, but it made an important impression on me. I was committed to learning more about managing money, investing, saving, and making my money work for me. What I soon discovered is that most financial companies only help people who have lots of money, not people who are struggling to live paycheck to paycheck and pay their bills on time.
A Debt Management Plan (DMP) is a structured repayment plan which involves you making a payment to a Credit Counseling Agency, who then distributes the payments to the creditors.
This month's question is: Can you explain the benefits of signing up for Easy Pay?
This month's question reflects on the difference between a Debt Management Plan (DMP) and a Debt Settlement Plan (DSP).
Introducing a new featured segment for the My Journey out of Debt blog; CareOne Community Member Spotlight! We are placing the spotlight on some of the familiar members you see engaging in the Community.
We made our list as we have done for years. We wrote down ideas about what to make for meals for the coming week, and then made a list of the ingredients needed to make them, adding to that other household items that we needed. After we were done I scanned the ads for the two major grocery stores that are nearby our house for coupons for anything on the list.
For years, I happily ran from store to store using credit to finance holiday extravaganzas. I bought everything from enough food to feed a hungry army, to a mind-boggling pile of Christmas gifts. Throw in many, many expensive restaurant dinners because I was too exhausted to go home and cook, and you have a good picture of the spending frenzy that ran from pre-Thanksgiving until New Year's Day.
Surprisingly, I have also found that sometimes it is cheaper to purchase something from a company's website than to go into the store for it.
You may know what I'm talking about. You've finally come to the realization that you need to sit down, really survey the damage the holidays have had on your financial landscape, and think about how you can prevent the same thing from reoccurring.
I have a problem that few people know about. You may even call it an obsession: The thrill of going into a store and talking to and observing employees. Going into a restaurant, and having a great meal with my family. And getting paid for it.
If nothing else I continue to be committed to working at my resolutions, and that has to count as a win in my book. Here on day 60 of 2011, it's time for a serious and honest gut check as to how my New Year's resolutions are progressing.