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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 8:47am

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2010
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 9:54am

Marie here - been on DSG over 4 years, on ivillage over a decade.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2008
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 9:55am

Hi,

I'm Norma, I'm 52, work 40 hrs. a week and recently have had some health problems.

Norma


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-1998
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 10:32am

My name is Emily and I'm just starting on this difficult journey and hoping I have the strength to get through it. We have over $40k in credit card debt plus a car loan (less than $6k), a student loan ($1800) and now about $1k in hospital bills since I had surgery this June.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 10:48am

I'm Karen. I have been in debt probably most of my life but decided to get real in 2008 when I joined the board. I was a newly divorced mom of two that had to start taking responsibility. I had $30,000 in debt on a personal line of credit living in an apartment. I

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-02-2011
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 11:21am

I joined about a month ago when I discovered that I'd sunk more deeply into debt than I imagined, so I'm relatively new here. I've spent most of my life in school (for your reference point, I'm 37), and lived on credit cards. After I started working, I began making a dent in the pile... until this past year when I got sick and stopped paying attention to my finances. This forum helps me keep track of my spending because I have to respond to all the virtually anonymous people here. Somehow that's easier than talking to people I actually know.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-10-2003
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 11:31am
Hi all, Bex here from the great white north (READ: Ontario Canada lol).

I can't remember exactly when I joined this board. I think it was around end of 2007 or early 2008. I had just graduated from my masters program, had a pile of student loan debt ($38K yikes!) a car loan, and a new mortgage on my very first house. To top it off, I added almost $10k In CC debt because of all the costs associating with moving that I never thought of (like a moving truck!) Oh, and I was making 55K a year to service all of this debt!

Fast forward 4.5 years. A new car loan (long story!) but much lower (280/ month, 0% interest projected payoff date Jan 2015)

CC debt will be GONE tomorrow (when my cheque clears . . . YAY).

Student loan debt down to $ 24.5 K

My goal is to have everything gone by the time my car payment is up in 2015!

More importantly however, I have significantly increased my earnings (almost 30K) by switching jobs and moving.

I have also starting retirement savings and am happy to say that 10% of my pay (6% me, 4% match) and so far have just under $40K. I am planning on upping this by a % when my next raise comes in (assuming one does!)

All in all I'm very proud of where I am, and think I'm doing okay for 30. I admit I haven't been as agressive as I could/should be, but part of it is that I want to live my life a bit while I have no responsibilities (read DH or Kids!!)

Bex -

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Registered: 08-25-2006
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:13pm

I have been on iVillage since 2007 and ventured this way I think in the spring of 2010.

Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2003
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:18pm

I'm Meredith. I'm a

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2008
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:32pm
I'm so happy for you! Sounds like you are really in a "happy" place now with you debts. I hope to join you in January 2014!

Norma


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-09-1999
In reply to: ma2connor
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:49pm

I have been here FOREVER...well since 1999.

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