And Then Our Car Got Stolen

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It’s been a little quiet on the blog this week since it’s been super crazy/chaotic-ville over here on the other side. On Saturday night/early Sunday morning, our car got stolen right out of the parking spot we park in every night. Our parking spot is right behind our building, and we’ve always felt pretty safe parking it there. It is right off of an alleyway but we didn’t ever feel concerned about that since just about every parking spot in our neighborhood is either on a busy street or off of an alleyway. Plus, we don’t have a fancy car. It’s a very modest, used ’98 Honda CRV. It’s a solid car but nothing like a shiny Lexus or BMW that screams, “Hey, right here! Steal me!”… or so I thought.

Aaron went out Sunday morning to take the baby on a walk, and had to stop by the car to grab his sunglasses. I stayed back to work on some things, and that’s when I got the call… Read More »

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Tell Me What You Think – ATWS Reader Survey! – CLOSED

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I want to know more about you, and I also want to know what I can do to make your experience on And Then We Saved even better so it’s time for a survey!

This is a quick 25 question survey, and most of the questions are multiple choice. As a thank you for taking time out of your day to help me out I’ve made an instant downloadable poster available for everyone who completes the survey!

Make Do and Mend was my motto during the Spending Fast and I still live by it today so I thought you might like it too!

Here’s what the poster looks like:

Make Do and Mend poster

You will be given the instant download links at the completion of the survey. Copy the web address for the size you would like (8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″), and then paste the link into your browser. The high-resolution poster will appear, and then you can print it out or you can even make it a screen saver on your phone or desktop!

Here’s the link to the survey: ATWS Reader Survey. The survey will close on Monday, September 1st at 10:00pm MST.

Thank you! xo, Anna

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Colorado Public Radio Interview

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On Monday morning I was on Colorado Public Radio to join in the discussion about how some FICO credit scores may be getting a boost soon because medical collection debts won’t be getting weighed as heavily as they have in the past. (This is such great news!) I talked more about my story and how I got out of debt while Chad Gentry from Mpowered talked about the nuts and bolts of how the change will affect consumers.

We were interviewed by Ryan Warner, and I’ve got to say, his voice is amazing. I might have to have his interviews on repeat, so I can listen to them whenever I need to relax. Smooth and soothing with great questions mixed in.

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The very first question he asked me is, “What is your credit score?” When I was getting ready for the interview it dawned on me that when I was in the thick of my debt I used to have NO IDEA what my credit score was! I was completely ambivalent. It was partly because I wasn’t applying for any car or home loans so I didn’t really have to know.  (Just wanted to clarify, in the article on the CPR site they said that I just recently found out my credit score, which is not correct. I just recently looked up my current score. While I don’t have my past credit scores memorized, I was aware of what it was after I got out of debt.)

I’d love for you to listen, and tell me what you think about the new FICO model. Do you think medical debts should be weighed as heavy as other types of debt? Do you agree or disagree with the change?

Here’s the link to the audio recording: Consumer Credit Scores Could Soon Get a Boost – on Colorado Public Radio. (My part starts up at the 6:36, if you’re rushed for time.)

 

Have you had medical debts go to collections? Will your credit score be going up?

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    Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Let's do this!

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