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5 Money Tips for Newlyweds

5 Money Tips for Newlywed Couples

Establishing responsible spending habits early in life is one of the key factors in avoiding debt and bankruptcy later in life. The earlier you start forming these habits, the better off you’ll be. One of the most difficult financial periods for most Americans happens early on in marriage.

Combining two bank accounts, spending habits, and lifestyles can often lead to disagreements and fights about money for many newlywed couples. In many cases, newlyweds tend to overspend and build up a significant amount of debt – many times, simply because they haven’t taken the time for financial planning.

If you’ve recently tied the knot, or if your wedding is fast approaching, these 5 tips will help you and your significant other create a solid financial plan and form responsible spending habits.


By |2015-05-16T14:38:53-05:00May 16th, 2015|Money Management, Personal Finance|

The Top 4 Loans To Avoid

We help hundreds of Dallas area residents file bankruptcy every year, and while each client’s story is unique, we tend to see common financial mistakes. No one plans to end up buried in debt, but with certain decisions, you’re more likely to end up in financial trouble.

Once your financial picture starts to look dim, it’s easy to accept the fast cash offers that companies offer. You’re late on bills, your mortgage, your car payment – so quick easy money seems like a great solution. Unfortunately, these quick loans end up sending you further down the road of no return.

So, we wanted to share the four types of quick cash loans that you should avoid:

1. Cash Advances

Almost every credit card offers a cash advance – where you can just walk up to an ATM and pull out cash. Yes, it’s immediate money, but you’re actually just adding to your accumulating debt. Even worse, the cash advance usually includes extra cost. You’ll be charged the standard interest rate on your credit card, and you’ll also have an added cash advance fee of 3% to 5% of the amount you withdraw.


By |2022-06-01T11:01:53-05:00July 30th, 2014|Bankruptcy, Personal Finance|

The 2 Income Trap

Working ParentsTwo children, two incomes, a home with a white picket fence; it’s the quintessential American Dream. However, this American Dream has morphed into a survival regimen that many families simply cannot endure.

Parents are in worse economic shape than ever before. Married couples with children are twice as likely as childless couples to file bankruptcy. According to the authors of the book, “The Two Income Trap,” having a child is the best indicator of whether someone will end up in financial collapse. The book was written by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi, a mother and daughter team (Harvard law professor and MBA) who did an extensive study on the nature of bankruptcy in America.

The authors maintain that the introduction of mothers into the workforce, rather than easing the financial strain of raising a family, sets their families up for financial disaster as the cost of raising children spirals out of control. More children will go through their parents’ bankruptcy than their parents’ divorce. One in seven middle-class families will file bankruptcy this year. These figures are staggering for middle class families.


By |2013-07-15T14:16:30-05:00July 15th, 2013|Bankruptcy Statistics, Personal Finance|

5 Reasons To File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

reasons to file Chapter 13 bankruptcyLast week we discussed the benefits of filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. While it has some pros, it’s not always the right fit for everybody. That’s when you look at Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Today we’re going to explore five main reasons why people choose to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

1. Stop Foreclosures, Repossessions and Garnishments

The second you file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, banks and other creditors have to cease their collection efforts. That means that they can no longer foreclose on your house or repossess your vehicle.

This halt in collections can be stopped for the entire duration of the case, which can last as long as five years, whereas with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the creditors must only stop for a few months.


By |2013-05-16T08:19:24-05:00May 16th, 2013|Bankruptcy, Debt, Personal Finance, Repossession|

How To Get Your Free Credit Report and What To Look For

credit cardsIn 2003 the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act was passed, giving you the right to get one free credit report a year from each of the three reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

How To Get Your Free Credit Report

To order your free credit report, you can call 1-877-322-8228 or visit, which was set up by the three agencies in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission.

Don’t try to get a report from any other website, as many are scams that offer “free” reports, scores and other services that really have fine print. These “free” services have trial periods that automatically switch to paid services without alerting you. Other sites only want to collect your personal information. Please be careful and type in the address correctly. is the only official site.


By |2012-05-31T10:31:45-05:00May 31st, 2012|Personal Finance|

Busting Two Myths About Repossession

repossessionRepossession is not a fun thing. Losing your car, truck, motorcycle or boat can be embarrassing and inconvenient.

But just like anything in life that people hope to avoid, there are a few misconceptions that the general pubic has about the process of repossession.

If you find one of your vehicles in danger of being repossessed, the best weapon is knowledge. With that, you will be able to make informed decisions.

Repossession Myth #1: My vehicle can’t be repossessed until I’m at least 2 months behind on payments.

This is absolutely untrue. While bill collectors generally wait until at two or three months worth of missed payments, they can take your vehicle away if one payment is one day late.


By |2012-04-25T08:00:38-05:00April 25th, 2012|Bankruptcy, Debt, Personal Finance, Repossession|

Have Money Management Habits You Can Be Proud Of

Bad habits aren’t things that we’re proud of. The good thing about bad habits, though, is that we can break them. It takes discipline, motivation and commitment, but we can break bad habits.

Changing Money Management Habits

If you have some questionable money management habits, then the first thing you need to do is identify them.

Next, you must write them down. Committing these to paper does a few things. It creates a record of where you started, shows that you’re serious about altering your behavior, and adds accountability to your project to change.

Here’s an example list of poor habits that need to be changed:

My Poor Money Management Habits

  • I rarely save money.
  • I splurge and spend money on things that I don’t necessarily need.
  • I often pay bills after the due date.


By |2012-04-18T10:29:35-05:00April 18th, 2012|Money Management, Personal Finance, Saving Money|
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