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Debt

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...

Why I Ditched My Department Store Credit Card

I remember when I opened my first department store credit card in Manhattan nearly 20 years ago. At the time, you were allowed to open a line of credit for $1,000 on the spot whether or not they eventually approved your card, which took several...

How to Strategically Manage Your Debt

Debt. Funny how four little letters can feel so dirty. Most of us have it in one shape or another, but none of us like to talk about it. Debt can get us into trouble, especially if it is unplanned and uncontrolled. And some of us can’t help but...

What is Debt?

Debt is an amount of money owed by one party to another party. Debt can be represented by a loan note, bond, mortgage or other agreement that usually states repayment terms and, if applicable, interest requirements.    See Also: How I Ditched My...

How I Ditched My Debt for Good

If you're in debt, you may have experienced this before: the moment when you get yourself together and finally sit down to tackle your debt you're thinking, “Yes, this is it, I got this!” But then it happens--you're suddenly surrounded by...

Which Debt Should I Pay Off First?

My husband and I have student loans and mortgage debt (on our primary home and rental properties). Which should we pay down first? —Stephany Y., Los Angeles, CA You’ve probably heard student and mortgage debt referred to as “good debt.” That’s...

"How I Paid Off $16,000 in Student Loans"

When Gina Nykerk paid off her student loans, credit card, and car, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her—and and an inspiration for several friends. When I was 23 years old, I paid off all $16,000 of my student loan debt. I can't tell...

What a Super High Score Gets You

You've got a great credit score. Solid 750-something. Is it worth the effort to push it a little higher?Would we waste your time telling you no?“The difference is a much better rate on everything,” says Linda Ferrari, author of The Big Score:...

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