Not a good victim
I certainly don't envy this woman her problems with cancer or money, but let's get real here, bankrupt for lack of $7,000 to $15,000?
I didn’t do anything wrong,” Aldrich says thoughtfully, sitting in the neat, pale green living room of her tiny stucco duplex ...
No? How about this?
I have no savings,” said Aldrich. “I probably have 10 bucks saved. I live paycheck to paycheck.”
while at the same time:
"She had good jobs. She paid her bills. She lived in a nice house and drove a nice car."
This poor woman could really have used some Foolish money advice. Not saving up for the unexpected (health insurance deductibles, car repairs, etc.) or buying so much house that you live from paycheck for paycheck, that's the DEFNITION of doing something, many things, wrong.
"Gut check America" my butt. Certainly there must be people out there who are better examples of a system that has left many behind.
Takeaway? Always keep 6 months worth of living expenses in a savings account, at least. And if you don't have that, cut back on "nice cars" until you do. Your entire financial future might hang in the balance.