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Your Holiday Debt: Is It Worse Because of These 10 Popular Store Cards?

How’s your holiday hangover coming? After all the excitement of holiday gift-giving, now it’s a new year — time to reckon with December’s credit card statements. It’s time to assess the damage and figure out whether you can afford to pay off your balances in full, and, if not, where to start paying down that

Push Your Skepticism Aside: What It’s Really Like to Go Into a Debt Management Program

If you have credit card debt of $50,000, $75,000 or even more you might think your only way out of debt is bankruptcy, but a debt management program (DMP) can help you out of the hole with dignity while repaying all your debts and improving your credit at the same time. A bankruptcy can haunt

10 Simple Tactics I Used to Save $18,000 for My 6-Month Dream Trip

When my husband, Andrew, and I got engaged, we knew two things for sure: We wanted to live debt-free and we wanted to travel. We were lucky enough to have parents on both sides who could contribute to the wedding. Between that and careful budgeting, we avoided wedding debt. Travel was a trickier matter. I

5 Real Grads Share Their Extreme Student Loan Debt Payoff Stories: How They Did It

Was paying off your student loan debt for good one of your resolutions for 2016? Seven out of 10 seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had an average student loan debt of $28,950, according to the most recent numbers crunched by the Institute for college Access & Success. In her second

How I Broke Out of the Credit Card Debt Cycle: I Took Out a Personal Loan

I have a confession to make. I’ve been guilty of carrying a balance on my credit card from month to month almost continuously since I first started using credit cards. I’ve given up tons of my own hard-earned money in interest charges to wealthy banks who surely didn’t need the money as much as I

The Unexpected Way a Personal Loan Can Help You Increase Your Credit Score

Debt is not always a bad word. As long as you’re disciplined and informed, sometimes going into manageable debt can be a financially savvy move. This is certainly the case if you’re trying to build your credit rating. If you ever want to get a mortgage or finance a car, a solid credit history is

Pay for Delete: One Man’s Success Story Should Still Be a Warning For You

Reddit user Kyle Gardner (not his real name) recently posted a thread about how he was able to increase his credit score 100 points by using a pay for removal service to make his delinquent accounts disappear from his credit report. Basically, Gardner paid a service to get his bad accounts removed from his credit

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