Tag Archives: debt

End Your Comfortable Relationship With Debt

Financial freedom gives you real control over your life, but it comes at a price

In many cases, the biggest determiner of whether or not you achieve financial independence lies…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Women & Money: What’s Your NET Worth?

To scout out a path to financial independence, you need to know where you are starting from

Creating a financial plan is essential as you move toward financial independence. Analyze where you…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Cents and Sensibility

Steve and Pamela Cromity teach their children about saving, spending, and giving

Steve and Pamela Cromity possess all the trappings of upper-middle-class comfort. But the key to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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3 Things to Know About Debt Collectors

What they can and can�t do when collecting on a debt

While the days of debt collectors sending sheriffs to your home are long gone, for…

By Renita Burns

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5 Ways to Reduce Debt

Start the new year on the right foot. These tips will show you how to lighten your financial load

In 2002, Kristen Tate decided that debt free was the way to be. With a…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Credit Cardholder Scorned

Consumers use power of closure to fight rate raises

Oh geez, you’ll never guess who decided to take up arms and join the civil…

By Renita Burns

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Renting vs. Buying

The pros and cons of both options should be considered when shopping for a home

In today’s market should you rent or buy? “Your decision to buy or rent depends…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Don’t Just Toss Those Credit Card Notices

Be mindful, active in managing contract changes

Here’s what to do when your credit card issuer wants to change your terms, raise…

By Bridget McCrea

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Reaching the Next Level

B.E. takes a look at the 2008 Financial Fitness contest winners to see if they're closer to a secure financial future

This year has been tough for almost everyone. Belts are tighter and wallets are opening…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Money Attitudes and Budgeting

Homeownership means learning to understand and manage your finances

Last weekend I attended The Money Conference for Women in Hartford, CT. A 26-year-old woman…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Boost Your Credit Score

A few simple steps can make a difference

The rules for boosting credit have not changed in light of the new Credit CARD…

By Lauren Lea

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The Tangled Web of Debit Cards

Overdraft fees a cash cow for banks

I always thought that using a debit card for my purchases was a safe alternative…

By Renita Burns

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Committee Weighs Options to Improve Access to Capital

Small businesses seek more lending choices in tight market

A Congressional panel convened a hearing last week to explore ideas about how to improve…

By Joyce Jones

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Parents, Back Away From the Piggy Bank!

Tapping into kids' funds in hard times a bad idea

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It may be mom or dad, according…

By renita burns

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How New Credit Card Reform Affects You

Consumers gain rights with new provisions

A bipartisan group of lawmakers applaud after President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability,…

By Renita Burns

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

Is borrowing reckless or responsible? Depends on whether debt is "good" or "bad"

A few days ago, I was confronted with a very interesting issue by Black…

By John Simons

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Making Good on Collections

Resolve customers' debt without loss of time, money

Bad debts should be rare, but sometimes even the most well-meaning customers don’t satisfy their…

By Margarette Burnette

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What You Should Know Before Filing for Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy has gotten more difficultand expensive.

It was the daily flood of phone calls that finally did it. They became so…

By Ilana Polyak

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What You Should Know Before Filing For Bankruptcy

Proceed with caution. We’ll give you the tools you need so that you can make…

By Ilana Polyak

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Investing to Build Wealth? Or Spending to Look Rich?

When it comes to wealth, too much faking it will keep you from making it.

One of the things I like to talk about when I travel the country speaking…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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