Certified Financial Planner John D. Buerger discusses the ugly four-letter word of personal finance: debt – how you got into debt, why it’s tough to get out of it and some real steps to finally rid yourself of the “D” word once and for all.
Tag: debt relief
It’s six months after the holiday season and many people are still carrying credit card balances from holiday shopping sprees. Did you overspend buying Christmas gifts for friends and family? Have you been sending just the minimum payments to your credit cards since Christmas? It’s not unusual for holiday shoppers to spend a year or two after each holiday season trying to pay off their holiday debts, but the cost of financing your purchases on credit for this length of time is staggering.
While it is typically not the American dream to get into debt, it can be a dream come true to finally dig yourself out of debt. Learn three ways that Americans may be able to beat the debt monster once and for all. The three areas include a mortgage refinance, credit card balance transfers and paying off federal student loans.
The longer you stay in debt the harder it becomes to escape from. Everybody is looking for the best strategies for paying off debts as fast as possible, and there are a number of different theories on which method works the best.
Ninety percent of marriages that end in divorce fail, at least in part, because of money problems. Now, there is a TV show on CNBC called “Til Debt Do Us Part” that helps couples in financial crisis get their financial lives in order. Find out what kind of money troubles this show tackles and what lessons we can all learn from the experiences of couples highlighted there.
New credit card rules went into effect in 2010, requiring that your monthly credit card statement include important information about how long it will take you to get out of debt if you only pay the minimum payment and what payment you need to make to become debt-free in three years. We show you how to use this information to your advantage to help you come up with an actionable “get out of debt plan” for the next three years.
More Americans are swimming in debt than ever before because of the struggling economy and a high national unemployment rate. Because of the increase in financial problems, there is also an increase in the demand for debt consolidation loans and the services of debt consolidation companies. The question is: should you be turning to these companies for help or is debt consolidation something you can tackle on your own?
The end of each year brings a time for reflection and renewal, and this is especially valuable when it comes to personal finance. As the year 2010 comes to a close, are you better off financially than you were on January 1 of this year? What would you like to do differently so that your finances are in better shape at the end of 2011? Here are a few things you can do by the end of the year to improve your financial position for 2011.