(Closed) Money Woes :(

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you talked to your CC companies about going on a payment plan?  Typically if you agree to close the card and go on a payment plan they will greatly reduce the interest.


You could put your loans in deferrment too.

Post # 4
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Some ideas. None of them quick, but just what’s come to mind…


Yard sale? (items you own; could also ask for donations)

Ask for $$ for birthdays/holiday gifting occassions? (I raised $800 in a year to buy a road bike this way – was just very disciplined about putting that money aside as soon as I got it)

Carpool as much as possible. (to save gas $$)

Part-time work? Tutoring?

Participate in clinical trials? (especially if you live near a university/medical college)

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

I worked a second job as a bartender for years to supplement my income. It was exhausting, but necessary.

Have you looked into something like this? or babysitting?

Can you consolidate your student loans to a lower payment. Call and ask them about options. 

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can usually put your loan in up to 18 months deferrment for financial hardship.

You should probably look into credit counseling.   I know several people who have had great results with ACCC.

Post # 7
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with PP’s. Call the credit card companies, call your student loan company. Tell them your situation and see if there is anything that can be adjusted.

Sell items on craigslist or ebay. Start clipping coupons, eat out less, turn the thermostat down a degree. No new clothes, and put christmas on hold. Schedule holidays at your relatives house so you don’t have to cook, or if they aren’t close, stay at home.

Also, this is an extreme, but I did it so I always ask… Do you need two cars? I sold mine because I rarely drove it, but it has really helped pay bills so that I could pay for wedding related items. Yes, it takes some getting used but it might be worth it!

Hugs to you, I know it sucks and it will get better!

Post # 9
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

@FutureJessicaMcB: Call and request a hardship deferment on the student loans. If you truly don’t make enough money to pay them they’ll allow you to defer for 6 months. If you’re still not making anything in 6 months you can apply for an extension.

I hate to say it, but pay minumums or just above on the cards for now and save some money. Save AT MINIMUM $1000 for an emergency fund and whatever you need for the wedding before you tackle the credit cards. Keep in mind that paying minimums for a short period of time while you save (on the student loan too) is not the end of the world. I’m not a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, but I think you should look into his philosophy of handling money to help you get out of this.

Can you work overtime? Get a second job? Sell your car(s) and buy cheaper ones cash?

Post # 11
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I  think you can apply for something called economic hardship and then you won’t have to pay the loans for awhile.

Post # 12
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with the other ladies, you def qualify for forbearance/deferment due to financial hardship. They can and they will. I’ve put our loans on forbearance many times before just because the interest rate is so low I’d rather use the money elsewhere.

Are you guys living together? While I don’t usually support living at home with parents I think in your case that might be a great solution to save on rent. Sometimes you just need a little breathing room to get back on your feet. It’s better than getting in so deep that you have to file for bankruptcy.

If you are living outside of your parent’s home, cut everything. Cut cable, cut phone, cut your cell down to the bare minimum. With winter coming put on layers and more layers and turn that heat down low.

Do you even need a 3K wedding? I mean seriously. Go to city hall and have dinner with your parents and siblings. The end result is the same, you are married. Get it done before Dec 31 and you might catch a tax return break.

I don’t understand why your Fiance is upset about you getting a part time job? You guys need the money now.  In fact he should probably get a temp part time job as well!

Is it possible to ask his family for some financial help to pay off some of the bills? Just to lighten the load and come up with a repayment plan for them? At least you won’t be paying interest?


Post # 13
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What about a second job for FI?

Post # 14
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve completely understand and have been in the same situation.

-Call your CC and ask to be part of their Debt Management Payment Plan.  It can lower your interest rate significantly.  If they don’t agree, then go through a credit counseling agency. 

-Defer your school loan due to financial hardship.  True it will add more interest, but it will give you peace of mind.

If none of those options work, stop paying.  I know you will get the harrassing calls @ the beginning and it seriously hits your credit, but having the account switch to internal collections will force the companies to work w/ you.  I’ve had to do this just to be able to afford living when I first started out.

Good Luck and Hang in there.  It will get Better:)

Post # 15
4824 posts
Honey bee

@FutureJessicaMcB: If money troubles are this bad, you should be getting a job. Does he understand that there is not enough money to go around. In reality, he should be getting another job of sorts also. Even if its periodic one day labor jobs off craigslist.

Making sure your bills are paid and you have an emergency plan should be both of your first goals and you should both be working towards that.

Have you sat down and gone over your total budget? What comes in and what goes out and whats leftover? Seeing it in black and white can change peoples perspective about what really is needed or not.

Post # 16
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If we wanted to get married at the courthouse, it would have cost us a grand total of $65 (license fee + officiant fee). You CAN be married without a wedding, or even an elopment. 

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