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How Debt Management Plans Affect Your Credit

When it comes to paying off a lot of debt, few methods are as efficient and effective as a debt management plan. While it’s one of the more extreme measures, in many ways, it can also be a direct path to debt freedom. A debt management...

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What To Do When the Mortgage Struggle Is Real

Let’s face it, life can throw some real curve balls. That perfect house you bought a few years ago may have started out looking like a dream come true, but now it’s turned into a debt nightmare. If paying the mortgage is keeping you up...

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What to Know When a Debt Collector Calls

Debt collectors are third-party businesses hired by creditors to collect unpaid debts. Some companies buy past-due debts from creditors or other businesses and then try to collect them. Say you have a past-due balance with ABCredit; they may hire PQRecovery to collect the debt you...

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2 Types of Personal Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy. It’s not a fun topic of conversation, but if personal bankruptcy is something that could be in your future, it’s important to understand what you’re facing. The first thing to understand is that bankruptcy, as scary as it sounds, won’t leave you penniless. On the...

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The Hidden Dangers of Credit Card Debt

Credit cards are such a convenience. Don’t like to carry wads of cash? Forgot your checkbook at home? Need quick access to funds? No problem! That little piece of plastic in your wallet solves all those problems. But such convenience has a price. And across the...

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How Debt-to-Income Ratio Is Calculated

Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is one of those financial terms that probably sounds vaguely familiar to you. You know you’ve heard it somewhere before, but you can’t quite remember what it is – or why you should care. The truth is, unless you have applied for...

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Need to Reduce Your Debt? DON’T DO THIS

We talk a lot about debt – particularly getting out of debt. And while we cover a lot of strategies that help many people dig out of a financial hole, it’s time for a frank discussion about a few schemes that don’t work for a...

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Store Credit Cards – The Good and the Bad

Does this sound familiar? Every time you check out, the cashier at your favorite department store asks if you’d like to save 10% on today’s purchase by signing up for the store’s credit card. You perpetually turn down the offer because you don’t want to go...

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Student Loan Default Explained

When you took out your student loan, you signed a promissory note and entered into a legally binding contract promising that you’d repay your lender when the time came. Well, the time has come. Now, what do you do to make sure you’re holding up...

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