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How Can I Save Money?

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Mark Cappel
UpdatedMar 28, 2023
We haven't payed the credit card bills or loans for about 3-4 months, because it just seems unaffordable with our low income.

I have a question about saving and paying off debt. Right now, my husband and I have no bills except credit cards and loans, totaling about $5K. We don't pay rent, car payment, utilities, etc. The only thing is the CC and loans. But here is the catch, I don't work, I'm pregnant with our second child, and my husband doesn't make enough to cover the bills. How Can I Save Money? How can we manage paying our bills and trying to save money with such a low income? We haven't payed the CC or loans for about 3-4 months, because it just seems unaffordable with his salary. Please give us some advice.

With your husband’s relatively low income and the fact that you are currently unable to work, I can understand that saving money must be quite difficult at this time. I do not know the details of your family’s expenses, so I cannot tell you where you may be able to cut back in order to help in saving money.

Frequently the best place to start is to get debt free and to stop the money drain that debt and high interest bills can cause. You can get a free quote here:

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Since we don't know your exact expenses, I encourage you to download and review the Free Budget Guide, to learn about possible ways to help cut back on your expenses and increase your monthly savings. Hopefully, a new budget will also help you in bringing your delinquent credit cards current, as these unpaid accounts are likely causing serious damage to your credit rating.

If you find that you and your husband simply cannot afford to save money with your family’s limited income, you may have no choice but to wait until your financial situation improves. For example, once you are able to return to work, your additional income should make saving money more feasible for your family. I wish you the best of luck in finding a solution to your financial difficulties.

I hope that the information I have provided helps you Find. Learn. Save.



Dealing with debt

Debt is used to buy a home, pay for bills, buy a car, or pay for a college education. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Q4 2022 was $16.91 trillion. Auto loan debt was $1.55 trillion and credit card was $0.99 trillion.

According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 8% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

Collection and delinquency rates vary by state. For example, in New York, 16% have student loan debt. Of those holding student loan debt, 7% are in default. Auto/retail loan delinquency rate is 3%.

Avoiding collections isn’t always possible. A sudden loss of employment, death in the family, or sickness can lead to financial hardship. Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with debt including an aggressive payment plan, debt consolidation loan, or a negotiated settlement.

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