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Destination Weddings Don’t Have to Break the Bank

By Tom Jackson | June 21, 2018

These days, for the launching of a lifetime together, the only thing better than a properly organized wedding is a properly organized destination wedding. After all, it’s not just a…

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How to Pay Off Debt by Making More Money

By Joey Johnston | June 1, 2018

One of the best ways to get out of credit card debt is the old-fashioned way – earn more money. Ugh. Making extra money requires extra effort, and a lot…

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Retired and in Debt: Help for Senior Citizens

By Joey Johnston | May 15, 2018

Debt is a growing threat to the retirement plans of Americans. In fact, the only time most retirees will be out of the hole will be when they get put…

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How to Manage Your First Paycheck

By Tom Jackson | May 2, 2018

First job? Congratulations! Welcome to the work force! First paycheck? You have some planning to do. Paychecks are your ticket to join – and enjoy – America’s economy, but there…

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Being Frugal Is for Everyone: How the Frugalwoods Can Inspire You

By Tom Jackson | April 23, 2018

You don’t have to be a fan of extreme frugality to have heard of Elizabeth and Nate Thames and probably to have an opinion about the simple-living lifestyle they tout.…

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How I Got Into and Out of $45,000 in Credit Card Debt

By Joey Johnston | April 12, 2018

Walter was one of millions of Americans financially swept under during the Great Recession a decade ago. Before the downturn, he and his wife owned a large home in western…


How to Be Successful in a DMP

By Tom Jackson | April 12, 2018

So, you’ve finally taken the big step and enrolled in a debt relief program. Now what? If you’re going to succeed, you’ll have to alter the lifestyle that got you…

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How to Improve Your Debt-to-Income Ratio with Higher Income

By Tom Jackson | March 29, 2018

Borrower beware! If you are hoping to score a car or home loan and don’t know your debt-to-income ratio, you probably want to check into it. You might find out…

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Debt Management Myths: What You Need to Know

By Joey Johnston | March 23, 2018

Debt management plans might be the most productive and least appreciated member in the family of debt-relief solutions that includes debt consolidation loans, debt settlement and bankruptcy. DMPs, as they are…

Top 5 Retirement Roadblocks and How to Clear Them

By Joey Johnston | March 23, 2018

A disturbing number of Americans are speeding toward a financial cliff called retirement. Unless they change their saving habits, they may well barrel over the edge and land in poverty.…


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