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Revive Your Credit, Restart Your Life

Thinking about filing for bankruptcy, but worried about whether you’ll ever recover? It’s actually a chance to rebuild your credit and your life, says Ed Boltz, an attorney and board member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy...

Can Credit Cards Help Us Spend Better?

In the midst of the recession, some credit-card companies are trading in the old, carefree “life takes Visa” approach and rewarding more responsible credit use instead. Chase Blueprint is a system that can be activated with certain Chase cards....

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Your Anti-Panic Guide to the U.S. Downgrade & More

What is a “downgrade” exactly? It’s similar to when your credit score takes a hit; lenders question whether you’re going to repay your debts. Similarly, the credit rating of the U.S. was knocked down from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s, a credit...

Lessons from the U.S. Debt Debacle

Months of doom-filled predictions, public debates, people scrambling to protect themselves from disaster. Remind you of anything? No, not the recent debt ceiling debacle, silly. We’re talking about Y2K: widespread hysteria that engulfed the final...

FSA Money: 4 Days to Use It or Lose It

The grace period for spending down the 2010 funds in your flexible-spending account is up on March 15. Remember, whether you allocated $200 or $2,000 to be saved in your FSA last year, those are use-it-or-lose-it funds. Not every company provides...

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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