Category: Dealing with Debt

What is a “charge-off” and how does it affect me?

Credit cards are excellent tools for us to use when we are in a bind, they will usually provide us with funds to keep us going until things get better. However, what happens when things do not get better and there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel, will we have […]

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How is interest calculated on credit card bills?

The interest calculated on credit cards can be troubling and confusing. Using a credit card wisely will save you money and keep you out of debt. Carrying balances over each month will lead to a larger balance, with you paying more than the original amount owed. This is due to the credit card interest calculated […]

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Consumer Credit Counseling for Senior Citizens

One of the many challenges of growing older is the fact that simple everyday tasks like balancing the checkbook and making out checks are becoming harder and more difficult to deal with. Sometimes a family member can help, but sometimes that is not the best solution. An unpaid insurance premium bill can turn into a […]

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What Happens When You Contact A Non-Profit Credit Counseling Agency?

Let’s just start by saying that when you contact a non-profit credit counseling agency, that call or visit is absolutely free and completely confidential. A reputable credit counseling agency will never charge for their consultation and advice. If you have to pay an upfront fee for a credit counseling session, don’t trust that company and […]

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What Happens if I STOP Paying my Credit Card Debt?

Deciding to stop paying on your credit card debt sets a whole chain of unpleasant events in motion. Over time, the damage that results will haunt the consumer for a number of years. Before entertaining the notion of letting the payments on one or more cards slide, consider what the outcome could be. Penalties and Higher […]

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The Top 8 Overlooked Causes of Debt

Debt doesn’t always appear as flashy spending sprees; most often, it is built slowly and silently until it becomes the elephant in the room…that squashes the household. While job loss or medical expenses are well-known reasons for high debt and possible bankruptcy, here are the top eight often overlooked causes of debt: 1. Not Following […]

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What You Need to Know if You’re Filing for Bankruptcy

Many consumers think bankruptcy is the best option. While it is one way to get rid of debt quickly, it is wise for a person to think about their financial future as a whole. Not only that, but one must understand a few other things when it comes to filing the seemingly never-ending paperwork. With […]

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What to do if You Default on a Student Loan

It’s possible that you didn’t realize your loan came out of deferment, and you missed some payments. Unfortunately, we see this kind of thing all the time. If you’ve missed even one payment, then you are at risk of defaulting on your student loan. Defaulting on your loan has some serious consequences. However, we’re going […]

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What is a Form B23 and Why do I Need It?

The Bankruptcy Form B23 is essential to finish the last steps of your bankruptcy discharge. In a Chapter 7 case, the Form B23 along with your Personal Financial Management Course Certificate (pre-discharge certificate), must be filed within 45 days after the first 341(a) Meeting of Creditors has happened. In a Chapter 13 case, it must […]

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How to Get out of Debt

The recent recession affected the financial lives of people all over the country. The recession led to much higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Because of this, many people needed to rely on credit cards to meet all of their financial obligations and pay for emergencies that arose. While this may have been a good […]

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