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Our Story: Both my wife and I are 27 years old and have gone through financial hell and back. Now we are on track to financial freedom, however we are not financial advisors or professionals, just everyday people. Share our journey from a negative networth and email us if you have questions or comments! :)


Monday, July 11, 2005

Another indebted Scenerio!

Is there any hope for those of us who are so deep in debt that we cannot see a future without bills and worry?

Bob started building his credit file from the age of eighteen. He was always accepted for credit cards and loans and took advantage of all the extra credit available. However, by the time that he reached his thirties, he was over $20,000 in debt.

Bob was desperate, and was seriously considering bankruptcy but he didn’t want to go through the stigma attached with it. In a last ditch attempt to save himself from insolvency, he stopped using all of his cards and wrote a personal letter to each individual creditor explaining his circumstances. To his surprise, his creditors were very understanding and some reduced the balance on his accounts by up to 35%. In order to pay off the remaining balances Bob took out a home equity loan. Fortunately, Bob paid off all of his creditors without declaring bankruptcy, but sadly, he has since started using his credit cards again and it looks as though his life is going to be one long merry go round of debt.

Another indebted scenario!

Sally received her first black mark against her when she fell behind with one of her catalogue repayments. As time went on, a few more missed payments from other creditors started to show up on her file. As a result, Sally was unable to take out any further credit and has to pay for everything in cash. Simply put, if she does not have the money, she cannot afford the item. Although Sally is having difficulties obtaining credit, at least she is not surrounded by a houseful of items that are worth a fraction of what they were worth when she bought them. In comparison to Bob, Sally is happier and free of debt.

The moral of this tale is to look at bad credit as a blessing in disguise rather than something to be ashamed of. Temptation has been taken away from you to free you of the burden of debt and possible bankruptcy. is here!

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