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Like a family paying off $100,000 in debts in five years - and still breaking them up. Look how this family did it: The Hildebrandt family from New Richmond, Wis. juggled more than $100,000 in credit cards and face-to-face debts. Russell and Kandy Hildebrandts' credit cards amounted to approximately $89,000 and they owe a family member $17,000.

As they were up to date on all payment transactions, the ticket firms had started to increase their interest rates and add hundreds more to their monetary unit extremum commerce. Acknowledging that they represent a higher credit exposure, Kandy says their assets were inflated. However, the coverage of the montly payment was a problem with the increase of the necessary payment.

"Kandy said we had to change." The Hildebrandt way of life isn't wasteful. The holidays included visiting large family members in the Midwest. Russel was a chemical engineer with an environment test lab in Twin Cities; Kandy was a housewife and trained her girls at home. The Hildebrandts did not live an extravagant life, but they were not thrifty either, Kandy remarks.

They also had to pay health costs related to Russell's diabetic condition and several abortions that Kandy had undergone. By accumulating running costs, the family got a little more into debts every year. A number of family lovers suggested that they go bankrupt. Russell says that was out of the question. Well, I don't think so. Kandy first began by meeting with Linda Humburg, a FamilyMeans Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) executive in Stillwater, Minn.

And Linda audited her financials and devised a five-year credit line program. During the time it was discouraging, the Hildebrandts undersigned. "We knew if we didn't make it, we'd try," Russell says. Candy and Russell eliminate disretionaryenses. Candy began to buy generics and visited second-hand shops for the purchase of clothes.

Despite the dramatic cuts, the Hildebrandts were unable to pay the 2,000 dollars they sent each months to CCCS to distribute to their believers. Russell took on a second task, clearing a small supermarket several days aweek from midnight until 4:30 a.m. He came home from his daily work, had supper, started a few sleeping sessions and went to work.

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