How to Create a Get-Out-of-Debt Strategy

Managing Debt

How to Create a Get-Out-of-Debt Strategy

How to Create a Get-Out-of-Debt Strategy

Collection agencies, banks, personal loans – it might feel like reminders about your debt are everywhere. If you find yourself struggling for a repayment system, you may feel like you will never get out of debt. The first step in managing debt is understanding what you owe and how you should begin making the necessary payments…. Read More

9 Seriously Unhealthy Meals

Personal Finance

9 Seriously Unhealthy Meals

9 Seriously Unhealthy Meals

We’re missing a word in the English language. We need something that means both mouth-watering and nauseating. As someone who probably eats his weight in bacon annually, that was my initial response to a recent study on extreme eating by The Center for Science in the Public Interest. Just look at “The Big Hook Up”… Read More

The Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2013

Personal Finance

The Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2013

The Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2013

A dissatisfied customer typically is not a quiet one: Venting to friends, launching a social media assault on the offending service provider and exchanging tense words with customer service representatives are among Americans’ favorite ways of dealing with bad experiences. You can also reach out to agencies dedicated to resolving consumer issues, and because of… Read More

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

Personal Finance

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

America: What’s your money story? Credit.com contributor Bob Sullivan is hitting the road to ask the people he meets across the U.S. that very question. Whether it’s your struggle with student loans, what you did when you lost your job, how you dealt with a house that was underwater or the ingenious way you paid… Read More

Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

Managing Debt

Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

It’s amazing how something small, like a parking ticket, can quickly snowball into something overwhelming. People receive debt collection notices over little things all the time, and while it’s easy to dwell on how the problem could have been prevented, time is much better spent trying to deal with the current issue: a pile of debt… Read More

Your TV Watching Could Be Driving You Into Debt

Managing Debt

Your TV Watching Could Be Driving You Into Debt

Your TV Watching Could Be Driving You Into Debt

Watching TV is among Americans’ favorite ways to spend their free time. Sure, it’s fun to socialize, read and exercise, but TV gets much more of our attention, according to the recently released 2013 American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We spend about half our leisure time watching TV – an average… Read More

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Credit card holders are generally carrying lower balances than last year, with the average outstanding credit card debt at $3,658 per consumer in the first quarter of 2014. However, after average balances declined in every state from 2012 to 2013, some states saw consumers’ credit card debt rise again at the start of this year,… Read More

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

Managing Debt

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

Once you are deep in debt, it may feel like there is no way out. Even as you make payments, you might not be seeing your total balance go down, and bankruptcy can have a large negative impact on your credit. There is another option — forming an agreement with your creditors to reduce what… Read More

Why It Doesn’t Pay to Be a Perfectionist

Personal Finance

Why It Doesn’t Pay to Be a Perfectionist

Why It Doesn’t Pay to Be a Perfectionist

Do you dwell on small mistakes for hours, days or even weeks after they occur? Are you crushed when someone points out a small flaw in your work? Have you ever spent four hours fine-tuning a task that could have been completed in 10 minutes? Are you haunted by uncertainty when you finish a task,… Read More

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