Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I met Clark Howard and My Financial Story

For those of you who don't know who Clark Howard is, he is a great money guru. His website is www.clarkhoward.com. He has a national radio show and TV spots about money saving and finances. WOO HOO! He is a very positive and friendly person. He is an amazing man and I was thrilled to meet him!

I got to meet him tonight and share part of my story with him.

For those of you who don't know my story, here is a very short version. My ex husband and I divorced 2000. I had no job and he maxed out 6 credit cards. We had been doing credit counseling, but our financial lives were a mess.

After the divorce, I met and married my husband, he brought in $20,000 of credit card debt in to our marriage. So, when we got married, we decided we had to get control of our $52,000 in massive credit card bills!

Now, despite 2 layoffs, a birth of our son, buying a home and my husband breaking his leg in 3 places back in 2003, we are almost credit card free. We have paid off over $45,000 in credit card debt. We have paid off our Van. Currently my husband is unemployed but we are ahead in all our bills and still trying to pay down that last $5,300. We have an emergency fund and are doing okay.

SO, when someone says it's too hard to clean up their finances, they need to listen to Clark and other great financial minds and learn how to do it.

Tonight was a great "pick me up" again, since concern about my husband's lay off is on my mind. Also, Clark, prayers for you as you "manage" you cancer. You and your family are in our families prayers.



Tammy said...

My husband and I watch Clark Howard frequently and really enjoy hearing his advice!You've got me searching through my recycling quickly before the garbage man gets here-I missed the hot sauce and bogo coupons! I think I'm on coupon overload! Also wanted to thank you for letting us know about swagbucks. I'm loving it!

Sam said...


Angela...I contacted you about a month and a half ago after seeing you on WITI Fox 6, Milwaukee. I started reading your blogs and they are great sources of information.

But how do I stay away from those pesky surveys.....?


Frugalmommie said...

Tammy, Your welcome! I am glad to help out.

Sam, How do you stay away from surveys? I don't know! I do surveys if I am going to get points or some other reward, otherwise I don't do them due to my limited time. Were you the lady that called me or emailed me?

I have totally enjoyed the wonderful men and woman that have contacted me after my TV segment. It's been a rewarding experience!

Frugalmommie as been on WITI FoxNews6 Television Milwaukee, WTMJ620 Radio, Several local newspapers, The Wisconsin State Journal, and is in a feature article in All You Magazine in the April 2009 edition.