80% of Americans Are in Debt

Managing Debt

80% of Americans Are in Debt

80% of Americans Are in Debt

The vast majority of Americans are in debt, according to a report from Pew Charitable Trusts published in July. For the most part, that debt comes from what many people would call a good thing — homeownership. Of the 80% of Americans with debt, 44% have mortgage debt. Overall, the median debt load among Americans… Read More

4 Balance Transfer Credit Card Mistakes

Credit Cards

4 Balance Transfer Credit Card Mistakes

4 Balance Transfer Credit Card Mistakes

Opening a credit card with a 0% financing offer or low fees when you transfer the balance from a different card can help you save money when working to pay down credit card debt, particularly if you have a lot of it. Getting a balance transfer card and using it wisely requires careful thought, and… Read More

Beth’s Story: Should I Consider Bankruptcy?

Managing Debt

Beth’s Story: Should I Consider Bankruptcy?

Beth’s Story: Should I Consider Bankruptcy?

For more than a decade I have used a fairly specific approach to help people find their way when struggling to keep up with their bills. I generally focus on six mainstream options to deal with debt, including filing for bankruptcy, debt consolidation loans and negotiations with creditors and debt collectors. Once I gather some… Read More

The Dangers of Choosing Credit Over Cash

Credit Cards

The Dangers of Choosing Credit Over Cash

The Dangers of Choosing Credit Over Cash

Using cash may seem like a thing of the past these days. Credit cards have seemingly become the most common way to make purchases and while there are certainly advantages to using them, there are also some risks. Even if you choose to shop primarily with cards instead of a debit card or cash, it’s… Read More

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

Personal Finance

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Break Today

Bad habits. They’re pesky, aren’t they? Every once in awhile I catch myself in a bad habit. They almost seem inevitable. But I’m always determined to squash them as soon as I recognize them. I’m sure you’re in the same boat. When it comes to bad financial habits, there are some serious ones that can cost you… Read More

How I Got Out of $63,000 of Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

How I Got Out of $63,000 of Credit Card Debt

How I Got Out of $63,000 of Credit Card Debt

Sleepless nights.  A knot in the pit of the stomach. A gnawing sense of unease. Charles Phelan was familiar with the physical and emotional toll of debt. But usually it was his clients who were experiencing those symptoms. This time, it was his turn. He owed more than $50,000 in credit card debt and knew… Read More

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