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Tips from Jean Chatzky
Certified Financial Planner
Which debts discharged in bankruptcy?
Filing bankruptcy has some debt exclusions. These charges can usually be eliminated.
Get debt collectors to leave you alone
Survey: Most CFOs laud Simpson-Bowles
Expect slow economic growth in 2013?
Recent debt stories
Drain retirement fund to pay debt?
Cut spending rather than tap retirement savings to pay off credit card debt.
Out-of-control debt? Rein it in to fix credit
Get your financial life on track by knowing why you are racking up so much debt.
File bankruptcy to dispose of my debt?
There are ways out of debt without filing for bankruptcy. Start with a spending plan.
File bankruptcy to scuttle old boat debt?
Just because the lender is "arrogant" doesn't mean you don't owe money on a repo'ed boat.
Big or small: Which accounts do I pay off first?
Size doesn't matter. Start with bills in collection to remove bad items from a credit report.
Will my student debt pinch the kids' 529s?
You may not need to worry about your creditors going after your children's college funds.
How do I shake debt resulting from ID theft?
A fraudster sullied your good credit. Don't let a fishy collection agency victimize you, too.
Should I pay an old debt that's a mystery?
It's time for some diligent detective work if they say, "You owe," you say, "I don't know."
Can they keep adding to debt I'm fighting?
Be proactive with a debt that's in dispute because it can keep growing, even in collection.
Can collector call at work, threaten jail?
Know your rights if a collection agency calls you at your job or makes extreme legal threats.
Am I stuck with a judgment and a boyfriend?
You owe a lot of money. How do you gracefully end a relationship when you have joint property?
How long can that bad debt hang over me?
Old debt can hound you on your credit and in the courts, and for different time periods.
Does Americans' love of plastic trump savings?
Americans have more savings than debt, but little progress has been made since last year.
Can bankruptcy cause me to lose my homes?
Whether you're inside or outside of bankruptcy, losing your homes is a possibility.
Can wages be garnished for old debt?
Old debt never dies, but there is an expiration on a creditor's ability to garnish wages.
Sell truck to pay off credit card debt?
Selling your truck to pay off your credit cards and buy another truck may not be the best idea.
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.
Young, single mom faces deep debt troubles
Being a single parent is a difficult task -- made harder still by large debts.
Make a fresh start after bankruptcy
Is bankruptcy the answer to your struggles with debt?
Behind on mortgage in bankruptcy. What now?
These options could help you keep your home post-bankruptcy when you fall behind on payments.
Video: What is a credit bureau?
Feel like you are being watched when it comes to managing debt? You are -- by a credit bureau.
Video: What is default?
Can't make the agreed upon loan payments to your lender? Then you are in default.
Military man fights valiant battle of the debt
Being deployed while facing a mountain of debt is tough. Here's the artillery to get back on track.
Get back on track after a financial setback
After a personal financial disaster, take these steps to ensure it won't happen again.
Explaining the statute of limitations on debt
A bad debt can stay on your credit report for years, but knowing when it will fall off is key.
Buried under your dead relative's debt?
The estate is responsible for a dead relative's debt, but it can get complicated by these issues.
Stopped paying debts: Is it OK to start over??
It's not going to be easy getting your credit back on track after you stopped paying your debts.
Will rich man's old debts hurt his new loan?
Check your credit score to ensure financial skeletons don't derail plans to buy a rental property.
Rethinking good debt vs. bad debt
It might be time to redefine the terms "good debt" and "bad debt."
Multiple forms of debt could mean bankruptcy
For debts ranging from back taxes to lawsuits, look at all your options before seeking bankruptcy.
What to do with stale-debt collectors
There are options for you if you have an old debt beyond the statute of limitations for collection.
Will payment on an old debt reset the clock?
Delinquent debt has a shelf life, but certain mistakes can keep it fresh.
How do I pay my $80,000 credit card bill?
A new mortgage to pay off crushing debts may not be in your interest.
Americans are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with their level of debt.
Save while whittling debt
Reducing debt is good, but set a pace that also allows you to form the funding for your future.
Long-lost utility bill zaps credit score
A bill you never knew about can lurk for years before landing on your credit report.
My girlfriend forged my name on $19K loan
When your significant other commits fraud, get legal and relationship advice.
Don't let debts grow old with you
Face down your debt issues as you approach retirement years.
Put a debt disaster behind you faster
You can speed your credit score's recovery from debilitating debt settlements.
Debt collector hasn't called? It'll happen
Sometimes the hardest part about having a bad debt is locating who you need to pay.
Not your debt? Don't take collector's guff
Fight back if harassed by a debt collector looking for someone else.
Debt woes may impact couple's joint assets
When dealing with debt issues, determine how your spouse's credit and assets could be affected.
Make the most of a debt consolidation loan
A debt consolidation loan can turn around your financial life, if you know how to avoid the traps.
Manage finances with a debt calculator
It can be tough to manage your finances without basic figures in hand. A debt calculator can help.
5 ways to avoid taking on a debt loan
Taking out a debt loan is best as a last resort. Here are five ways to avoid them.
Can you divorce spouse's debt?
If you divide assets, a spendthrift spouse need not drive you to the ultimate separation.
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