Get out of debt

Society and the banks teach out about mortgages at a young age. We hear the terms refinance and 2nd mortgages, but fail to learn some of the hidden ways to pay off that loan earlier. Today I am talking about how to pay off your mortgage fast! These ways are opposite to what you may have been taught – why? Who

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Everyone can invest, and there are so many Easy Ways to Invest Your Money. You don’t have to read the Wall Street Journal every day or watch the stock ticker to be an investor. Whether you have millions to invest or can only contribute a few bucks a month, there are easy ways to invest your money. When you think

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Budgeting and getting out of debt can be tough work, but once you’re on your way it feels good to make progress. You may be pondering how to budget and save money at the same time. One of the smartest ways to stay out of debt and stick to your budget, is to develop sinking funds accounts. You may be wondering

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A credit score is the new “in” thing. Everywhere you look, companies are giving away free credit scores. If you have good credit, you probably don’t think about it too much. But more than a third of Americans have a “fair” or “very poor” credit rating. If you are included in the third of Americans, you probably want to know

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Years ago, I had an enormous amount of credit card debt. For the longest time, I ignored it. But one day I got smart and faced my fears. I wanted to learn how to stay debt free. Debt is truly a financial drain. I blasted through my credit card and student loan debt, and learned how to budget. I started using

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Should you consolidate student loans or not? This is a question we have an entire generation asking. Is it worth it? What are the advantages and disadvantages? If I have some federal and some private student loans, can I refinance them together? There is a lot to consider, and there’s a lot at stake. The total US student loan debt amount

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Let’s face it, being in debt is not fun. And unfortunately, most Americans have this in common. Did you know that the average American household credit card debt is over $16,000? And that doesn’t even take into account auto loans, college loans, or mortgages. If you’ve been wondering if you should pay off debt or invest in retirement, I’d like to propose

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When you think of the word “investing”, do you get intimidated? Well, if you have shied from Retirement Investing for one reason or another, let me break it down a little for you. It doesn’t have to be as intense and intimidating as it may have been. There are two main stereotypes we imagine when thinking about a person that is

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Are you looking to consolidate credit card debt? I can certainly say from experience that I understand the discouragement you feel when you don’t think you’ll ever see the end of your debt. I think most people dealing with credit card debt have trouble knowing where to start. But, you can do something about it. Debt consolidation isn’t for everyone, but it

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If you are living on one income, paying off debt may seem impossible. But, don’t lose hope! If you’ve been wondering how to get out of debt on one income, here’s some great steps to get you going! 6 Steps to show you How to get out of debt on one income 1. Evaluate your Unconscious Spending Habits  The first place to

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If you have a lot of student debt, then I’m sure you’ve considered consolidation. Whether it’s the right move for you or not depends on your situation. I’m here to provide info as to why it might be a great idea, and also provide the best consolidation of student loan information that I’ve found. Long story short, it might be wise

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Most Americans are not ready for retirement. In fact, “nearly half of families have no retirement account savings at all,” the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reported. In September of 2016 CNBC reported that “the average American between the ages of 56 to 61 has retirement savings of only $163,557.” This is a problem people… why is this happening? Yes, life is hard. And

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With an alarming percentage of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck, it is no surprise that the average American home has over $90,000 in consumer debt, totaling to over $3 trillion nationwide (source). Wow. This debt includes credit cards, car loans, and student loans. so it doesn’t even count mortgages. Crazy. Here’s the correlation between these reports: Since most Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, they

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Nine years ago, I laid out my debt on my be – in the huge master bedroom suite in the house that I have just had custom built for me. On the outside, I was the epitome of having it all together. I had a Cadillac and an Audi in the driveway of my new luxury home. But no one

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Are you buried in debt? As the bills pile up, thoughts of filing for bankruptcy might be on your mind. It’s a scary and sometimes hopeless feeling (trust me, I’ve been there myself), but you have options but you need to know the bankruptcy facts first. Eight years ago, when our home was hopelessly underwater and we were in tons

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When it comes to debt payoff, there are competing theories as to which is the best way to do it. Many ascribe to the “debt snowball method” where you start by paying off your smallest balance first. The other popular method is to pay off the balances with your largest interest rate first. I took an in-depth look at both debt

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One of the worst feelings in the world is the dread felt when the phone rings and on the other end is a person demanding money that you don’t have. It’s money that you should pay; you borrowed it, but there’s no money in your account to cover it. Learning how to negotiate your delinquent debt is essential to moving

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Do you make decisions based on how it will impact your credit score? STOP! Read this and start living your life for YOU!

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We all want the best for our kids, right? And we want them to not only have the opportunities that we’ve been given, we want them to have EVEN MORE. Could there be a better example of this than setting up a fund to help pay for their college? Maybe you just had your first child, maybe you hardly feel like an

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My son Andrew has been great at chores. I remember this one weekend he cleaned out and vacuumed the car, cleaned the kitchen on Saturday night and kept his room neat and organized. He definitely earned his $5 allowance that weekend (more on paying your kids for chores later) – which put him up to $20. No small amount of

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In this day and age, one of the largest items in everyone’s budget is student loans. Obviously, if you can do anything to end up with no loans or less loans, you should, but how do you battle those loans down once you have them? One of the most important things you can do it truly understand your loan, the

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When we consider all of the line items in our budget, chances are that your mortgage is one of the biggest expenses.  This isn’t bad, it’s just usually the way it is. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find a way to chip away at that a little extra?   Obviously, if you chose to buy a house, the

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This is Day 18 of the 30 Days to a Debt Free Christmas Challenge Check our Facebook Group to get today’s challenge. Great long term perspective today – How Budgeting Can Keep You From Debt in 2016 Can you believe this year is almost over? Hopefully, you had a great year with lots of memorable moments. The end of the year

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine. Nine years ago Mark and I signed on the dotted line to purchase a brand new house. We didn’t know it at the time but those signatures would seal in years of unimaginable financial hardship. Hardship that led to me

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If you want to get out of debt and learn how to budget, it is important to have a clear vision of where you are financially before you get started. You need to ask yourself why you want to get financially healthy. Where are you going with your money and how can a budget take you there?  If you were a marathon runner,

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Retirement is something we should all be thinking about. Time is ticking away. While saving for retirement isn’t necessarily top priority if you’re paying off debt or building your emergency fund, it’s still worth thinking about so you can make the most money possible when that time comes. And trust me, there’s a lot to think about. We asked the Financial Blogger’s

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Can you actually Retire Early? I bet that no matter what your financial situation – you CAN retire earlier than you think. But there’s a critical component that you have overlooked!

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You’ve seen the commercials… a green arrow pointing ‘the way’, a smiling, way-too-happy semi-elderly couple sipping iced tea on a patio, maybe a celebrity like Tommy Lee Jones or Joe Namath asking you retirement questions – all of these images are designed to make you feel secure about the idea of retirement, as something to look forward to. Ideally, it

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