Back in the Stupid Again!

by | May 18, 2009

Finances

Dear Dave,

My wife and I had a bankruptcy discharged about 18 months ago. We'd gotten in over our heads with credit cards and couldn't keep up the payments or take care of things around the house. Afterwards, a friend told us we needed to re-build our credit score with a low-limit credit card. Since then we've missed a few payments, and owe about $400. Should I try to settle for a lower amount?

Rodney

Dear Rodney,

Okay, let's re-hash what you just said. You went into debt and couldn't pay your bills. Then you filed bankruptcy. After suffering through that and being discharged, you went right back into debt and messed up again.

What's wrong with this picture?

Stop taking advice from this "friend," who hasn't got a clue when it comes to money. A high credit score is an "I love debt" score. It isn't an indication that you have money and manage it wisely. It's an indication you have a lot of debt! Borrowing has not been a blessing in your life. It pushed you into bankruptcy, and now it's gotten you into trouble again! It's time to stop!

I realize $400 seems like a lot of money right now, but it's not the end of the world. Get on a written, monthly budget, and give every dollar you make a name on paper before the month begins. You'll have to pay some Stupid Tax, but you can take care of this in no time if you stop eating out for a while and have a monster, blow-out garage sale this weekend. Close the account, cut that card into tiny, little pieces, and never go back into debt again!

You are living proof that if you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you’ve been getting. The solution? Change! Beginning now!

- Dave

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