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Best Debt Management Companies for 2016

Debt management is one of several debt-relief options for those who are struggling to keep up with a growing pile of bills each month. When

Best Debt Settlement Companies for 2016

When debt becomes too much to handle, you may be confused by the sea of options available to you, including debt settlement. Debt settlement is

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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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Debt Payoff Calculator

At The Simple Dollar, one of our missions is to help people break free from debt and get on the road to financial independence. Whether

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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 2016

Figuring out how to pay for college can be a stressful, complicated process. I remember being overwhelmed when I started at a pricey private college,

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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

How to Save Money With a Balance Transfer

When you’re carrying a lot of high-interest debt, it’s hard to imagine how another credit card can possibly help your situation. However, the right kind

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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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