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5 Tips for Financial Fitness in 2013

Ellen Rohr | Posted 03.09.2013 | Small Business
Ellen Rohr

Forget about the national debt for a minute. Let's take a look in the mirror.

3 Reasons Why You Won't Get Out of Debt in 2013

Jeff Rose | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Jeff Rose

It's extremely difficult to change the behaviors that got you into debt. Here are three of the psychological reasons why getting out of debt is so difficult -- and what you can do to combat your wiring.

10 States With the Highest Credit Card Balances | Posted 02.12.2013 | Money

By Kali Geldis With holiday spending expected to soar this year and some consumers using their favorite piece of plasticto front the cash, credit card...

Can Debt Be Good For Your Finances?

SaveUp | Posted 02.06.2013 | Money

Is all debt bad? Not necessarily. Certain types of debt are either beneficial or detrimental as we try to improve our finances.

Santa's Credit Score is 777

Adrian Nazari | Posted 02.05.2013 | Money
Adrian Nazari

Ever wonder what Santa's credit score looked like?

Don't Let Your Credit Cards Get Fat This Season

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 12.05.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

When it comes to holiday weight, a few poor choices over Christmas can lead to weeks or even months of unpleasant hardship, and it's exactly the same with the debt that you can incur over this holiday season.

How I Got in (and Out of) $5,000 Credit Card Debt

Serena Piper | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Serena Piper

It's disappointing that there doesn't seem to be a trusted, safe way to earn a little good credit. If we're failing to be financially responsible now, while we're still in college, what does that say about our futures, when only more "big" decisions are to come?

Americans Are More In Debt Than A Year Ago

AP | ALEX VEIGA | Posted 01.19.2013 | Money

LOS ANGELES — Americans cranked up their use of credit cards in the third quarter, racking up more debt than a year ago, while also being less d...

Strange Bedfellows: Occupy Wall Street and the Bill Collector!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

OWS is certainly muscling (buying?) its way in, but with a "business" model that collection agencies and debt buyers would not have entertained in a lifetime.

Credit Card Tricks and Traps: How We Were Charged a De Facto Rate of 119,100 % on our TJX MasterCard!

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 01.13.2013 | Money
Myriam Miedzian

Two years after the implementation of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, not much has changed.

Facebook Is Making You Poor

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money

We all know that Facebook is eating up our free time. But new research suggests that the social network may be making us fat and poor. Facebook in...

Are You Haunted By These Credit Ghosts?

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 11.01.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

When your doorbell rings, you might pretend to be scared by a group of kids wearing ghost costumes. And you'll hand out candy and have a lot of fun. But the ghosts you should really be scared of are the ones who never ring your doorbell... the credit ghosts!

Is This The World's Most Expensive Card?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.01.2012 | Money

Losing your credit card is a huge hassle. But losing a card that costs $100,000 is a whole different story. Sberbank-Kazakhstan, a Kazakhstani bank...

How 8 Real Women Fought Back Against Debt--And Won

LearnVest | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women

Debt can often seem unconquerable. Whether you're facing down student loans or a mountain of credit card bills, it can seem like you'll never be able ...

I Pared My Life Down to Only 100 Items

LearnVest | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women

Because we were working so much (my husband was a service director in the automotive industry), we had this mentality that we deserved to be rewarded. I was constantly spending on clothing and accessories; my husband and I would treat ourselves to dinners out and expensive vacations.

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Paul Ryan

Adam Levin | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

Paul Ryan has remained consistent. His statements are often lies, and when his talk turns to statistics and numbers and the financial facts faced by everyday Americans, his lies expand past the realm of "damned lies" into Mark Twain's third category of exotic deception.

Forget the Joneses... We're Now Keeping Up with the Smiths

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Have you heard? The Joneses filed for bankruptcy. It seems, like everyone else who tried to keep up with them, they were living above their means. All of that "stuff" they acquired turned them into a textbook case of a broke American family -- chapter eleven of that book, to be exact.

Good Sign For The Economy

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- A report is showing that more Americans are keeping up with their credit-card payments. The American Bankers Association says the perce...

Reno: The Biggest Little Debt-Ridden City in America | Posted 12.01.2012 | Money

The Biggest Little City in the World is also the most in-debt city in America. Reno, Nev., holds the distinct of having the highest average debt load per person, with the average resident holding $27,320 in non-mortgage debt.

Study: U.S. Consumers to Add $43.5 Billion in Credit Card Debt During 2012

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 12.01.2012 | Money
Odysseas Papadimitriou

We've become desensitized to the true value of large amounts of money. You might therefore be inclined to brush aside the fact that American consumers are projected to incur $43.5 billion in credit card debt during 2012 for the second consecutive year. That, however, would be a grave mistake.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #16, Cut Unfair Credit Card Fees

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

To protect consumers and combat unfair rate increases and hidden fees, Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act shortly after taking office.

Did Your Credit Card Already Put on the Freshman 15? Tips to Avoid Overweight Credit Debt for College Students

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 11.28.2012 | College
Jeff Hindenach

About 70 percent of college students have credit cards and the average credit debt of those students is $3,000, with graduating seniors averaging $4,000 in credit card debt. So how can students avoid the Freshman 15 when it comes to their credit?

How One Woman Lived On $0 A Day

LearnVest | Posted 11.27.2012 | Style

I hadn't intended not to spend any money, but the next morning, when I went to log the previous day's spending on my spreadsheet and realized I hadn't spent a single cent, I felt a small thrill. In my battle with my debt, I had scored an easy win.

How $0 Days Helped One Woman Achieve Her Financial Goals

LearnVest | Posted 11.26.2012 | Women

I hadn't intended not to spend any money, but the next morning, when I went to log the previous day's spending on my spreadsheet and realized I hadn't spent a single cent, I felt a small thrill. In my battle with my debt, I had scored an easy win.

3 Money Matters You And Your New Spouse Need To Deal With NOW

Charles Tran | Posted 11.13.2012 | Weddings
Charles Tran

You may feel like you can now breathe a big sigh of relief and settle right into marital bliss but there is still one outstanding task that remains to be tackled -- the marrying of your financial accounts.