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Beloved Friend Becomes Debt-Free With Financial Plan

Arlene and I have worked together for five years, and met for the first time at West End Neighborhood House while we were both bald-headed women battling breast cancer. Over those five years, we became friends and supported each other in many ways. I’m proud to have been a part of her life and am happy to have [...]

May 27th, 2016|

New Coach Offers Customer Support and a Solid Start

I met with a customer who needed help getting his finances in order. He came to our first meeting with high expectations and wanted help to achieve his objectives of living on a realistic budget, improving his credit report, and setting financial goals. While I pulled a copy of his credit report, his heart was [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Coach Helps Customer Tackle Student Loan Burden

When Dan first came to meet with me, he had major financial concerns related to student loan debt, budgeting, homeownership, and overall money management. Since he didn’t have a traditional 8 to 5 schedule, we met in person, had conference calls, and used email while working together to accomplish his financial goals. In addition to creating a budget [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Local Pianist Makes Huge Strides in Managing Finances

Mark is an older gentleman with some health issues who was referred by a State Service Center champion after receiving assistance. A self-described connoisseur of all classical music, Mark is a pianist, and plays for several churches in the tri-state area. During our first meeting, Mark expressed feeling lost, scattered, and frustrated with his finances. He hadn’t filed [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Single Mother Improves Housing Situation, Saves for Future

One of the customers I’ve been working with is Kristina, a single mother with a 2-year-old son.When we met, she wasn’t receiving regular child support payments and had moved back in withher mother as she continued to work and attend graduate school. Her financial goal was to save money and build her credit so she could [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Woman Increases Benefits, Reduces Debt, and Improves Credit Score

Margaret came to us with six payday loans, was unable to pay her bills, and was at a loss of what to do. We created a budget where she committed to reduce her spending and created a payment plan for her loans. She applied for and received Loans Plus, which helped her eliminate some of her payday loan [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Bride-to-be Saves Thousands With New Budget and Savings Account

One of my clients is Nidia, a 23-year-old that I started working with a year ago. When we first met, her goal was to save money for her wedding. We worked on creating a budget together, and after reducing her expenses, she was able to save $400 per month. Since Nidia only had a checking account, I [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Clever Debt Management Plan Saves Woman $2,500

Paula and I first met to discuss her debt. Her financial goal was to eliminate her debt so that she could prepare for comfortable retirement and the purchase of an investment property. We began by listing her debts by order of interest rate, and set out to create a debt snowball plan. We calculated that if she [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Single Mom Gets Help Finding Safer, More Affordable Home

My customer Tanya is a single mom of five children. When she came to her first appointment, she shared that she didn’t like where she lived or the landlord she was renting from. Two of her children require extra care and need to have their own rooms. Over the next few months, we reviewed Tanya’s credit report [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Future DTCC Student and $BM Coach Solve FAFSA Mystery

Rachel came to $tand By Me because she needed help filing her annual FAFSA. She couldn’t remember creating a FSA ID, but the system had told her that there was already a username and password associated with her social security number. We called the FSA ID customer service number, and found out that a third-party vendor had created [...]

May 27th, 2016|