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How To Avoid A Lifetime Of Debt

Stress no more about your credit card debt! Here’s how you can successfully avoid a lifetime of debt.

The Secret Numbers as Important as Your Credit Score

From the moment we’re born, we’re ranked. In the delivery room we get an Apgar score. Doctors give us percentile rankings for height and weight. Schools test us constantly. FICO scores measure our creditworthiness. But you’re ranked another way...

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The Truth About Debt Consolidation

When it comes to personal finance, I’m a strong believer in simplicity. Although I’m still trying to break the habit of claiming to be bad at math, I know that the more complicated my financial plan is, the less likely I’ll be sticking to it. ...

How One Couple Wiped Out a $125,000 Debt

What do you do when you are faced with a six-figure debt — mostly because of credit cards? No cable television and no eating out, obviously. And that’s just for starters. Two weeks before Christmas of 2004, Kandy Hildebrandt opened a letter...

How I Paid Off $14,000 in Just Over a Year

If you have a large income or the ability to create an extra disposable salary, getting out of debt can seem easily in reach. But not everyone has the time or capacity to take on another job, or increase their income through other means. So, how...

The One Trick You Need to Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster

The question at the top of many people’s minds is: How can I pay my student loans off faster? Yet all some experts seem to want to talk about is why it’s unwise to take out student loans in the first place. To someone who already went to college...

4 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Hurting Your Credit

Tammy listed her son as an authorized user on one of her credit cards to help him build his credit history. When they checked his credit scores, however, Tammy saw the balance she was carrying on the card seemed to be hurting, not helping, his...

Reap More Rewards From Your Credit Cards

In a few weeks, my husband, daughter and I will be stretched out in our lie-flat business class seats on a flight to London. Once we land, we’ll be spending six nights at a luxury hotel — and then moving on to another, even more luxurious inn in...

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