Tag: Road to Wealth
April 18th, 2011

Q: What is the best course of action, after successfully completing a bankruptcy, to begin rebuilding/re-establishing credit? Longview, TX A: Pay your bills on time. Seriously, it’s really that simple. The best way to improve your credit is to pay your bills on time all the time. Time will be your greatest friend. As you […]

April 14th, 2011

Q: I need help getting my credit report without paying for it. I also need help fixing my credit. Dracut, MA A: By law, getting your credit report for free is your right. The Fair Credit Reporting Act was amended to open up the credit monitoring process by forcing each bureau to provide all its […]

April 11th, 2011

Q: I have high credit card balances with high interest rates. I have not been late, nor am I behind on payments; however, it is a burden. Can you help? Evans Mills, NY A: For folks overwhelmed with credit card debt, I suggest they go to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling Web site to […]

April 7th, 2011

Q: I would like to do a “spending fast” with a youth council. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the youth to buy into the fast? Denise, Washington, DC A: First, good for you for trying to help young folks manage their money. And, what timing for your question, because April is […]

April 4th, 2011

Q: I have always been told (and everyone I know believes the same) that employee life insurance is the cheapest way to get life insurance. Out of curiosity, I took a look at what I could get privately and was shocked to find private term level life insurance 30% cheaper: $1,138/year for private vs. $1,643/year […]

March 31st, 2011

Q: If you already have a financial judgment against you, can a consumer credit service stop wage garnishment? Elizabethton, TN A: You will see a lot of ads from companies claiming if you give them money–sometimes thousands of dollars–they can help you get rid of a financial judgment. I would steer clear of such claims. […]

March 28th, 2011

Q: Which is better: Buying a car that’s new or used? A: If you’re dying for that new car smell, go to an auto parts store and buy a “new car smell” air freshener. But seriously, I wonder how much thought people give to the cost of buying a new car. The average cost of […]

March 24th, 2011

Q: Does it make sense to create a budget when unemployed? What’s the use? A: I know it sounds crazy that you would have to bother with a budget if you’re broke. But think about it. You actually need to budget more when your funds are limited. Why? A budget forces you to really look […]

March 21st, 2011

Q: I am a single parent of two and primary caretaker of an elderly parent. In 2004, I bought a new home for $650,000. My youngest son decided that he wanted to attend college in Florida. It is a private school, which cost approximately $45,000. I refinanced my mortgage at what I thought was going […]

March 17th, 2011

Q: How does debt negotiation work? Is this a good debt management strategy? Green Bay, WI A: I think what you are referring to are companies that promise to help you settle your debts for far less than you owe. Tread lightly here. Many of these companies are just scams. And those that aren’t will […]

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