Your idea would have been ideal in my situation, but I doubt that any creditor would have wanted float me a $6,000 loan. However, they'd have been much more likely to give one to my ex, who makes about $20 an hour and currently lives with his mother. You see, when I divorced, I was a housewife who had been out of the job market for 15 years. I had no job, no income, no welfare, nothing but a court order saying I was supposed to get spousal and child support from my ex-hubby. I finally had to apply to have that garnished from his wages.I went back to school, started doing some freelance writing and within two years landed myself a fulltime writing gig. I paid off my share of the debt right about the same time he defaulted on his. I remember being so angry, thinking that I shouldn't have "wasted" the $6,000 since my credit was left with a big ugly mark on it even after I scrimped and saved to pay my share. But at least I know that I did what was right.My ex swears he's paying off the debt, but I don't know that I believe him. But as I said, the damage is done and it's time to forge ahead. I recently enrolled in my employers 401k and am doing a bit of drip investing. Today may be bleak, but my future is beginning to take on a mildly rosie shade. :-)Melissa -- who thanks you for letting me vent. <g>
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