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Budgeting 101?

Can you recommend budgeting and personal finance courses, or where I should be looking for such a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Reliable sources of corrective financial advice in South Carolina?

My in-laws in South Carolina, who don't have a stellar history with money, are facing some challenges that are really restricting their circumstances. They're not against cleaning up their act in terms of budgeting and being smarter about money, but don't really have a head for it. What's the best way to help from a distance? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I learn to budget and reduce my debt?

I'm living with just shy of $50,000 of debt. That's actually pretty crazy to say. $18k of it is credit card debt. $22k of it is owed to the IRS (terrible decisions while freelancing). It was recently down to $20k, but I missed one of my monthly $500 schedule payments so I got hit with a sizable penalty. The rest of it is a Sallie Mae student loan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I prioritize between emergency savings, retirement, and student loan payments in a new marriage?

Newly married, and trying to figure out emergency savings vs. retirement vs. paying off debt vs. saving for a family. Please help me prioritize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Excel Formula for First Instance of Something in Row, Then Top Value in That Column?

Excel question (debt management/budgeting): what formula gets me the first instance of something in a row, and then how I can pull the date from the top of that column? More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 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 crisis in the family, what can we do?

My mom was diagnosed earlier this year with diabetes, and thats where things started getting really bad. The insurance we have won't cover anything she's needed for it. [more inside]
posted by jrdnbaade on Dec 4, 2009 - 33 answers

Drop and give me 36 (months of consecutive on-time payments)

I'm looking for a financial coach, someone who can help me develop better financial habits. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Shortening the leash on a financially irresponsible spouse?

Seeking techniques for aiding/supporting/educating a financially irresponsible spouse who talks the talk but won't walk the walk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 - 27 answers

Cutting the umbilical cord

This moving out thing, uh...how do I do this (financially)? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 6, 2009 - 37 answers

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 25, 2009 - 28 answers

credit ratings across nations

I was born in the US, lived in Canada for ten years, and moved back to the States last year. While I was in Canada, I built up a solid credit rating- I had two credit cards, an unsecured line of credit with low interest (7%) and overdraft protection on my checking account up to $3,500. At one point when I was underemployed I built up some credit card debt, but I payed it off. Last year, when I moved back to the US for grad school, I got into a bad pattern of leaning on my credit cards and low-interest line of credit to pay for moving and start up expenses. This June, the world financial collapse coincided with one of my own- I was employed super part time, was making around $750 a month and was struggling to pay rent and buy $20 worth of groceries a week. I just couldn't pay my debt, and I paid very minimally, then not at all. I know I probably should have called the bank and tried to work something out, but what can I say- I panicked and froze. Currently, my total debt load is $14,000 on the line of credit, $3,700 on the overdraft and $1,400 on my Visa. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Seven years of bad luck?

I have managed to run my once-great credit into the ground. What now? How screwed am I, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Convince my wife not to quit her job

How can I convince my wife that we need her income and that as much as we'd like to have our son at home with her instead of in Day Care, we have to face reality or severely cut back our lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2007 - 28 answers

Why Borrow?

According to this site, Canada has piled $570 billion in debt between years 2000 and 2004. My understanding was that our government has been running a surplus since 1997. So, how did this happen? [more inside]
posted by lenny70 on Apr 23, 2006 - 29 answers

Help me organize my finances

Help me organize my finances. While reading another thread I was struck by the number of people who balance their checkbooks on a frequent and regular basis (like every day), and it made me wonder what's involved. I am one of those paycheque-to-paycheque people (rather student loan-to-student loan) and although my bills are never unpaid, I'm falling behind in other things. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 26, 2005 - 17 answers

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