Best Debt Settlement Companies for 2015

If you’re drowning in debt, you’re hardly alone. The average American household has more than $7,000 in credit-card debt in 2015 — and when you

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11 Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

As of early 2015, the average American household owed $7,281 on their credit cards. And when you remove debt-free households from the equation — people with

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When Enough Is Enough: How Much Is Too Much Debt?

Most Americans carry some amount of debt — often a lot of it — and many of us might juggle a mortgage, car payment, and student loans without

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Five Signs Your Debt Is Threatening to Swallow You Whole

By Doug Hoyes I was quite amused the other day to read my news feeds and see several conflicting articles about consumers and debt. In

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Six Habits That Can Land You Deep in Debt

If you’ve ever been in debt, you know just how soul-crushing and stressful it can be. When you’re deep in debt, you have to plan

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How Can Donald Trump Declare Bankruptcy Four Times… and Still Be a Billionaire?

By Doug Hoyes I took my family on a short vacation to New York City this summer, and we had the sense that Donald Trump’s

Best Student Loans in 2015

Are you trying to choose the best student loans for your situation, or wondering how to nab the best student loan rates? If you’re feeling

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The True Cost of Student Loans

When you’re 18 years old and preparing to leave the nest, it’s easy to think you’ve got it all figured out. You’re ready for college, and

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How Big Should My Down Payment on a Car Be?

Reader Jimmie wrote in with a good question about the ideal down payment on a car: I’m going to buy a new car in several

Student Loan Consolidation Guide

Student loan consolidation may not be the silver-bullet solution that it used to be, but it can still offer some benefits depending on your situation. First and foremost,

To reach long-term financial health, start with attainable, short-term goals with an immediate payoff -- like selling anything in you closet you haven't used in a year or more. Photo: Meagan Tintari

Setting Attainable and Exciting Financial Goals

When I look back at my personal finance progress, I’m most proud of the long-term success. The changes that have happened in my life over

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

If you have a mortgage on your home, you’ve probably wondered at least once whether it would be worthwhile to pay it down ahead of schedule. And if

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20+ Ways to Make Extra Money to Pay Off Your Student Loans

You graduated college, started your career, but you still don’t have enough money to make headway with those student loans. While the best option would be

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Nine Life Milestones That Double as Debt Threats

By Doug Hoyes Most people I meet with are truly surprised at just how much debt they have accumulated. They didn’t go out yesterday and

Seven Things to Know When Filing for Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is often seen as a scary but necessary option. But it’s important to know that even when you’re facing what seems like

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Balancing Act: Pay Down Student Loans or Save More?

You’re finally there: You’ve graduated from college after many hard years, you’ve got a job in your field, and you’re actually able to balance your

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Take These Steps to Deal With Massive Student Loan Debt

Dealing with any student debt is challenging, but what about when the amount is simply overwhelming? About one in five borrowers owes more than $50,000 in student

Back in Debt? A Strategy to Pay It Off for Good

Debt is one of those things that’s very easy to get into and much more difficult to get out of. I spent 14 months getting out of

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