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In the years following the Great Recession, consumer debt has steadily risen. Even as the economy has recovered a little bit here and there, our household debt has a way to go in terms of catching up. We’ve lost a job and it’s still been hard to find a new one. We have medical bills that are impossible to pay, credit card debt that continues to mount, or our homes are about to go into foreclosure. With family members struggling just as equally, it can seem like there’s nowhere else to turn. However, we do have options. Bankruptcy may be one of them. Learn more about consumer debt and bankruptcy from the National Bankruptcy Forum.

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Posted On: February 9, 2018

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Will the IRS Really Forgive Most of My Tax Debt?

Have you seen those TV ads where the announcer promises those deep in tax debt that they only need to call, and the company can wave a magic wand and get you a deal where you pay the IRS back pennies on the dollar? If you have a tax lien, or if your debt to…

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Posted On: January 22, 2018

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7 Ways to Tackle Holiday Debt

The holidays are over, and the bills are now rolling in. Americans incurred $1,054 of holiday debt on average in 2017 — 5% more than the previous year. It can take months or even years to pay that off on your credit cards. If you have a card with a rate of 15.9% and make…

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Posted On: December 15, 2017

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Best Personal Finance Apps

It seems today that there’s an app for everything. And that’s mostly true! For those of us with busy lives, it can be difficult to keep track of email, appointments, and even our more mundane tasks, like paying bills or managing our finances. The world of online banking, while overall accepted despite some security and…

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Posted On: December 12, 2017

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Financial Planning for Beginners: What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, household debt balances in America rose to $12.73 trillion, the highest in our history. In fact, 73% of us die in debt. With this much debt, it’s hard for many people to reach long-term goals such as retirement savings, or shorter-term goals such as paying for a wedding. Many of us just wing…

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Posted On: November 17, 2017

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5 Tips for Spending — and Saving — During the Holidays

Every holiday season, millions of Americans head to the nearest shopping outlet, online or off, to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts for their friends and family. Nearly 3 in 4 Americans shop every Thanksgiving weekend, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), to score deals on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday,…

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Posted On: November 17, 2017

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Planning for Retirement: What Women Should Consider

Sometimes as a woman gets older, she may find that her life has taken a different course than she had planned and she is unprepared for retirement. Only one-third of women think they are well prepared for retirement — and often they are not as well prepared as men. Let’s examine some of the reasons…

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