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Does the American Legislative Exchange Council promote new bills yearly?

The American Legislative Exchange Council is an organization that creates "model bills" that reflect the interest of big business and encourages state legislators to adopt those bills as legislation to introduce to their legislatures. ALEC promotes these model bills to legislators who attend one or all of three annual meetings each year. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 23, 2014 - 2 answers

How much is too much for rent?

I've searched around, and it appears the common guideline for considering rent amounts is not to go over one-third of your monthly salary. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Mar 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Bills Bills Bills

The monthly payment on my hospital bill is due today, and I completely forgot to make a payment ahead of time. The billing office will not open until tomorrow morning. I was initially planning on calling the office first thing tomorrow, but since I have a history of nonpayment I'm afraid that even one day late is too much and that they will have sent my bill to collections. I can make a payment online today, but the online system is asking for a minimum payment that is almost 4x the amount that I usually pay. Help? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I get an MSW?

A number of my peers are MSWs and I like the work. I would like to be able to advance further without moving into management. Is an MSW the right next step? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Did My Education Creditor Forget I Owe Money?

I went back to school to get some certificates. During the two years since I finished, I have never received even one invoice for my education debt. I have not been contacted in any way. I can't even figure out who I owe money to. Am I going to be in trouble? [more inside]
posted by matt_arnold on May 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Do drug dealers stamp their money?

I saw a post on tumblr, about why some larger bills have little stamps on them. The reason they gave is that drug dealers will stamp the bills to keep track of them. This makes absolutely no sense to me. So question one is, does this sound accurate? Does anyone have any way of saying if this is or isn't true? Question two, why the heck are these stamps on bills? Here's a picture of a purported drug dealer stamped bill.
posted by trogdole on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Bill went to collection because of the company's mistake, what do I do?

Enzo Clinical Labs had my incomplete address on file. I never received the bill and it went to collection. What do I do that it does not appear on my credit report? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Mar 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Prepping for amicable split... Cliff Notes me

Spouse and I calmly decided it's over. Help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Can I contest a medical bill that's due tomorrow?

I had surgery in October of 2010, paid all of the expenses past insurance, etc., and haven't heard from the hospital in 2 years. I've since moved, and received a bill yesterday for $138 that is "leftover from my surgery." The bill is dated February 13, but since the mail was forwarded, I just received it yesterday. I have no idea a) why I'm receiving this bill now or b) what it's actually for, and my contact with the hospital has yielded absolutely nothing. The charges it lists are nearly identical to those that are on the bills I (thankfully) saved post-surgery. I've called their billing department a couple of times, to no avail. The gist of the conversations: "It's for the surgery. Pay it." What are my options?
posted by eenagy on Feb 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Medical/travel insurance SNAFU outside my country. Am I liable?

I was in an minor accident in the U.S. last September (broke my foot). At the time, my workplace travel insurance seemed to have covered everything just fine -- I went to the clinic, gave them my paperwork, they made some calls, said I was covered and I didn't even need to provide a credit card. Just today, I got a call telling me I owe the clinic $500. Do I care? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

It's not right, but is it ok?

Are we in one of the rare situations where cashing out a 401K makes sense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Finding New US Money (bills)

As the holidays approach I'm again on the search for unused money in 20s, 10s, 5s, and 1s for gifts. I've been lucky over the years by finding the bank tellers that have ordered unused bills but there has to be a better more systematic way than going from bank to bank. Any suggestions? Thanks
posted by KneeDeep on Nov 12, 2012 - 5 answers

How to deal with the financial consequences of my girlfriend's tough times?

My girlfriend is consistently late in paying her month's share of the utilities, and sometimes she doesn't pay it at all. Everything is in my name and I'm worried my credit score is taking a tumble. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 23 answers

How to deal with an unstable ex-roommate?

My ex-roommate is refusing to pay bills and threatening to sue me for having sex. What's my best course of action? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Sep 13, 2012 - 44 answers

Can I save money by getting a window air conditioner and using my central air less?

Will turning up the thermostat on my central air and buying a window AC unit for the one room I use the most make a significant difference in my electric bill? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Aug 8, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I strengthen my case for medical financial aid?

How can I strengthen my case for medical financial aid? (Long snowflake story within.) [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I negotiate my medical debt?

Can I negotiate my medical debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I really have the house of the future?

If I were to purchase a Nexus 7 to use as a kind of hub for my apartment, communicating between roommates and keeping track of bills and things electronically, what all would I actually be able to do with it? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Roommate from Hell

Roommate has lied about paying her share of the bills and has not paid last month's bills. She's been unreasonable and refuses to talk about bills. Her lease ends in 3 days. She owes hundreds of dollars. Can we pursue legal recourse? (part of the lease posted inside) [more inside]
posted by taiscape on Jul 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself?

Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself? I don't want to get screwed some how. [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 on Jun 28, 2012 - 12 answers

I don't want Amazon credit; I want the money

I got a $400 birthday gift in the form of an Amazon e-gift card. I don't want anything from Amazon, but I could really use the $400. [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on May 30, 2012 - 32 answers

i'll see your $0.01 and raise you $5000...

debt collection offer...is it legit? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on May 14, 2012 - 14 answers

[UK filter] What to do with an exorbitant electricity bill from E.on?

I moved into a flat in London in Sept 2011. I wasn't given any meter readings---my agency didn't have them and didn't even know where the meters are. Landlord also doesn't have a good idea where they may be. I don't know previous tenants. There is no gas in this flat---it's electricity only. [more inside]
posted by noztran on May 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for a good automatic bill payment solution

Please give me your recommendations and tips on automatic bill paying solutions. I currently use Bank of America's Bill Pay with my checking, but I'm hoping to find something better. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Apr 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Can someone identify this paper currency?

Can someone identify this paper currency? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Medical bill debt, death and probate

News and debt filter: Can somebody tell me why it was necessary to have a fundraiser to pay US medical bills for a deceased person? In the USA, if you die with debts greater than the total sum of your assets, your estate is generally liquidated in probate, right? Medical debt collectors can't go after your family for debts they didn't incur... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Money for help paying suicide-watch hospitalization bill?

Money for help paying suicide-watch hospitalization bill? [more inside]
posted by webmutant on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Bills, bills, bills

My doctor ordered medical lab work that I did not ask for. Now what? [more inside]
posted by showmetheway on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Roommate Filter: How Should We handle talking with our roommates about the monthly bills?

Roommate Filter: How Should We handle talking with our roommates about the monthly bills? [more inside]
posted by sneakyalien on Jan 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Gots ta pay da bills yo

How do I pay bills in the U.S. from an overseas account (Japan) without spending a lot (er, any, preferably) in wire transfer fees? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Nov 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Can I throw my cellphone provider out the window?

How do I avoid paying a $2345 cell phone bill on a phone that was stolen?! [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Nov 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Medical bill help.

How can my folks find out what this medical bill is for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 - 12 answers

How much agains?!?

[Average Bill Question] Soon to be moving out on my own. Trying to figure out average monthly costs of things. More of course after the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Oct 5, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the deal with ConEd's "Level Payment Plan"?

Are utility company "level payment plans" worth it, or are they a scam? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 10, 2011 - 23 answers

A hefty water bill accumulated in our absence

What to do about house sitter who ran up large water bill? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 1, 2011 - 34 answers

I need you to pay your bill!

They don't pay. I need the money. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
posted by jadegenie on Aug 10, 2011 - 30 answers

i don't want to lose my money, identity, or anything else! how trustworthy is mint.com?

I currently use an OLD version of quicken for mac and keep hearing how much improved and simplified managing my finances would be if i migrated over to mint.com. Although I pay all my bills online, do my banking online, etc. the thought of putting all of that info together in one place is a little scary. Can anyone explain the pros/cons to mint.com. Right now it takes forever to download transactions and pay bills via my bank's website, reconcile these with my quicken accounts, not to mention the bills I pay directly on particular websites (earn miles via credit card), so I thought consolidating might be the way to go.
posted by dublin on Jul 5, 2011 - 7 answers

anyway, i'm going to stay positive!

How can I quickly reorganize my life/habits to adapt to new demands? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jun 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Please help me out of a financial panic

What should I do about a debt collection agency notifying me of a bill that I shouldn't have? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Apr 11, 2011 - 5 answers

What is the best way to deal with medical debt?

A few months ago, I was hospitalized several times and ended up with a slew of medical bills that total close to $90,000. Insurance has fortunately paid off most of it, but I am still left with about $5,000 in bills to a variety of hospitals, doctors, and services that I am responsible for. I do not have great credit, so I don't have a credit card I can just charge these bills to. I do not have much in savings, about $1,000. How can I make the best of the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Need advice to best approach ridiculous electric bill.

Ridiculous electricity bills: what is our best next step? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on Feb 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Help: American Express Never Cancelled My Card and Now a Collections Agency Is After Me

Last year I cancelled my American Express card after almost 20 years, just before it expired. It just didn't seem worth the annual fee anymore, and it doesn't contribute to your credit score. I then went out of the country for several months. When I got back, I was greeted by a collections agency (Allied Interstate) who told me I owed American Express several hundred dollars, all of which seem to be late fees accrued on the annual fee. I explained the situation to them, and they suggested I contact Amex, which I just did. More details below, but Amex just told me I had to call the collections agency - how can I get them to talk with one another so I can at least talk with someone at Amex about this? [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 15, 2011 - 21 answers

Cashing in casino chips.

Why did the cashier give me these two particular five dollar bills at the casino? [more inside]
posted by Taurid on Jan 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Really? You got drunk at a play?

Mrs. thsmchnekllsfascists was involved in a pretty bad wreck this evening. Who pays the bills? [more inside]
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists on Jan 4, 2011 - 20 answers

How can I build a better budget?

Special snowflake budget filter: I tracked my spending in 2010, how can I improve my budget for 2011? [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Jan 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Financial advice needed.

How can I get my financial house in order? Lots of debt and terror. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Did you find "Time-of-use" metering helpful?

Looking for anecdotal data: when you switched to a time-of-use electrical meter for your residence, what happened to your bills in the first year, and what changes did you make that seemed to have the largest impact? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Oct 25, 2010 - 1 answer

Negotiating with the water company

Water company is about to chase me for money - it's their fault they didn't contact me about this for a year. Is my strategy for negotiating this issue sensible? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 1, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I contest a medical bill?

I went to the emergency room a few months ago for a back injury, and, to be honest, I don't feel like the medical services provided to me were adequate. I saw a doctor for about 45 seconds the entire time I was there. When I was leaving, they gave me information for "if my chest started hurting later," despite my protests that my back was the injured part, and the next day, I discovered the X-rays they had taken were of my chest, not my back. Now that I have the bill, can I contest it? [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana on Aug 8, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I best deal with this without affecting my credit?

I just received a statement from a medical facility stating I owe them a couple hundred bucks plus $100+ in interest. Date of service is supposedly 10/06. I am in California. This is the first bill I have received, and I have lived at this address for over 4 years. [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Aug 8, 2010 - 5 answers

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