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Single Mom Start-Up Debt

For the first time in 10 years, I have gone into debt—a whopping $4,200—to restart my life as a single mom.  I’ve had to buy a car ($1,000 down payment)  rent an apartment ($2,400 for the first month and security)  buy furniture for the apartment...

Save or Pay Off Debt?

It's a common dilemma: Should you put all your spare cash toward paying down debt, or build up your emergency savings—or a little of both? It's a serious question now. If you lost your job, the average length of unemployment is about 33 weeks—or...

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Debt Diet Part II: Is Debt Settlement for You?

This post is a follow up to "Debt Diet, Part I."Gerri Detweiler and Mary Reed are co-authors of "Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights." They also answer debt questions at Debt...

8 Ways to Cut Your Credit Card Debt

If you're overwhelmed by nausea every time you even think of using your credit card, you've probably been on the "charge it" carousel just a little too long. Time to get off. But can you possibly climb out of that sizable debt hole you've dug for...


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