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Tips from Jean Chatzky
Certified Financial Planner
5 bad money habits to kick for 40 days
Kicking a bad habit can be good for your health, but it could be better for your wallet.
How to dig out of credit card debt
Is debt consolidation an option for $20K debt?
Expect slow economic growth in 2013?
Recent debt management stories
Coping with debt when you're laid off
Pink-slipped workers may benefit from their own "help wanted" appeal with creditors.
I paid my debt. Why haven't collections stopped?
Learn what to do if another collection agency comes knocking after you've settled a debt.
5 simple tips to become financially fit
Ready for some budget calisthenics? These tips will get your finances in shape this spring.
Should I spend a windfall or squirrel it away?
With debts and desires, is it your destiny to spend a windfall? Here's hoping you'll say no.
I filed bankruptcy. Why are they after me?
A debt might keep haunting you after bankruptcy. Here's how to make it go away for good.
How to break up with the mortgage after divorce
Think divorce is rough? Try dissolving the mortgage afterward. Here are some options.
Survey: Americans value savings over debt (charts)
Bankrate's charts reveal Americans' personal finance outlook in February.
Help! My account's been levied
You can try to get the money back, but it will likely cost you more in the interim.
12 tips to manage credit card debt in 2012
Don't go crazy with credit cards. Rein in your plastic before your card debt becomes drastic.
23 percent feel more, less comfortable with debt
For the first time since June, Americans' feelings didn't skew toward less comfortable on debt.
Don't use personal loan for credit card debt
Too much credit card debt won't be solved with a personal loan. A budget may be what you need.
12 top tips to harness debt in the year 2012
Debt isn't the problem, controlling it is. Follow these tips to put a leash on that old debt dog.
When to choose bankruptcy over debt management
Bankruptcy and debt management are two ways to get out of debt. Which is right for you?
Does the bank take your house in bankruptcy?
Homeowners sometimes use bankruptcy as a delay tactic when facing foreclosure.
Americans more upbeat about personal finances
More Americans express optimism about their personal finances in Bankrate's most recent poll.
Use debt settlement to pay $70K in credit cards?
Companies that negotiate your debts for pennies on the dollar may seem great, but be careful.
Managing debt is like dieting
Like weight gain, most of us want to avoid accumulating debt. Here's how to fight it.
Don't dodge collection agency's debt call
You can force collectors not to call, but trying to beat an unpaid debt can have severe consequences.
Get financial help with hospital bills
Overwhelmed by hospital bills? Don't ignore them. Try these tips to make them manageable.
About a quarter of Americans feel less comfortable with their level of debt than last year.
Roughly 3 in 10 Americans feel less uncomfortable with their level of debt than last year.
$50,000+ in debt and looking for a way out?
Think you can handle debt management on your own? It's tougher than it looks.
Create plan to pay back debts
Financial mistakes can lead to credit ruin, but getting on the right track is what matters.
Keep paying loan in charge-off
A charge-off from an inability to pay a loan isn't a reason to stop paying the money back.
Best debt move? Duh. Spend less than you earn
Cutting your spending will help curb your debt. For more complicated solutions, read on.
Americans' comfort level with their debt versus last year is about the same as last month.
Earning $58K a year and still drowning in debt
Too much borrowed money means living on borrowed time. The right moves can stop the clock
More than a quarter of Americans feel less comfortable about their debt than they did a year ago.
Debt calculator: pay or save?
Drowning in debt and low on savings? This calculator could help ease your money woes.
What to do with $18K and no job
It's tempting to pay debts with a windfall. But with no job, you might need it to live on.
Where to look for debt management advice
Lower your burden by seeking debt management help, while avoiding settlement agencies.
FTC bans upfront debt settlement fees
A new federal rule offers protection to debt-laden consumers, but there's a catch.
Debt management help needn't crimp credit
A debt management plan shouldn't prevent you from getting credit.
3 dangerous debt management myths
Three dangerous debt management myths to avoid.
3 tips for better debt management
Here are three ways to help you do a better job of managing your debt.
Assure you get reputable debt management
Find the right debt management help and start improving your finances.
3 ways to start managing your debt
Are you up to your eyeballs in debt? Learn ways to start getting your debt under control.
What is debt management?
When you'd rather control your debt than have it control you, that's debt management.
Retired and sunk in heavy credit card debt
With a fixed income in retirement, you may need credit counseling to fight credit card debt.
5 steps to DIY debt management
Do-it-yourself debt management isn't easy, but these tips might help you shave your monthly bills.
Don't dodge debt in collection
Even if you're not making a big purchase in the future, there are reasons to pay debt in collection.
Deal with debt collector for elderly mom
If you have power of attorney for your mom, work with the collector for her and try this approach.
Debt management: For those dizzy with debt
There are other ways to deal with bills you can't pay, but debt management is the least painful.
Tools for tackling your debt
Use these calculators, work sheets and videos to learn how to become debt-free.
Help for getting out of debt
Make the conscious decision and commitment to save money and get out of debt to achieve success.
3 debt collection horror stories
Many debt collection firms act in a legal way, but others will stretch the law to make you pay.
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