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December 12, 2017 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Nothing But A Fire Drill Dave Says By Daris Howard Stay Intense! No Electronic Access! Dear Dave, I just accepted a new job that will You say to never give collectors access to your checking acpay me $30,000 a year more than my count. Does that include debit cards, too? old position. I’ve got about $55,000 in Sue debt I’ve been working hard to pay off, and I know now I need to adjust Dear Sue, my budget. Do you have any advice? Yes, it does! Collectors are looking to get as much as they Mitch can on a bad, late debt. I’ve seen numerous situations where collectors have taken more than the agreed-upon amount from Dear Mitch, The first thing I’d say is don’t go someone’s account once they gained access. To be fair, the colcrazy on any big-ticket items while lection business does have a few good people in it. But it also you’re paying off debt. Keep it simple, has those who will lie and make threats. If you’re doing something like scheduling utility payments to and go out to celebrate with a nice dinner after you get your first pay- come through your debit card or out of your personal checking Dave check. Remember, the more you put toward account, that’s perfectly fine. But there are much safer ways to handle situations with debt collectors. You can send a money debt, the faster it goes away. For the time being, I want you to remain order overnight, or wire the cash to them. You can also send passionate about getting out of debt. Your a cashier’s check. Some folks have even used pre-paid debit thought process needs to be, “Wow, I got a new job making more cards that aren’t attached to any of their accounts. The pre-paid debit card isn’t my favorite way to handle money. I can get out of debt even quicker!” Again, I’m okay with you adjusting a bit that first month and hav- these things, but it’s a lot better than giving a dishonest collecing a little fun to celebrate your good fortune. But after that, I want tor the opportunity to really mess you up! — Dave you to turn around and attack that debt with even more intensity than before. Then, once you’re out of debt, you can celebrate that * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and busiwith something a lot nicer. Congratulations, Mitch! — Dave ness, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best- RAMSEY selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 12 million listeners each week on 575 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com. erested in this spot? all 665-5884 to e your ad here. It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick. 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