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How I Paid Off $440,000 in Debt

I’ve just de-boarded a multi-year financial roller coaster from hell.  In 2005, when my career as a creative director and tech writer took off, I was an über consumer, and things were good. Credit, and a lot of it, was available to me with...

4 Hacks to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

Losing points from your credit scores is all too easy — and getting them back is hard. But if you know how credit scoring works, you can hack the process to rehabilitate your numbers faster. Here are four effective strategies to do just that. Pay...

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How We Paid Off $440,500 in Debt

Americans owe more than $11 trillion in consumer debt, including almost $857 billion in credit card debt. For many households, all those monthly payments and skyrocketing interest rates are crippling — making it hard just to purchase necessities,...

Anatomy of a Credit Report: What You Should Know

When you’re trying to build your credit — or just being vigilant about avoiding identity theft — it’s important to check your credit report regularly. Each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) will...

I Had My Identity Stolen

How 5 Identity Theft Victims Rebuilt Their Credit -- and Their Lives

Pay Off Your Debt for Good This Time

There is an enemy amongst us, my friends. Its name? Revolving Debt. You might know it by other names: Plastic fantastic, Charge! or “passport to debt slavery.” Whatever you call it, credit card debt has the power to take over your personal...

How I Paid Off $30,000 in Debt in 18 Months

By the time I was 26, my finances were a complete wreck. I was $30,000 in debt with no savings, but plenty of bad money habits.   How did I get into that position? For the most part, it was unconscious spending. The $29,500 I earned as an...

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