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Whether you've maxed out all your credit cards, up to your neck in s​tudent loans​ or have a mountain of medical bills, it is smart to look for the best ways to consolidate your debt. Debt consolidation - or the strategy of rolling many debts into one payment - can...
Astrakan Images/Getty Images Filing for bankruptcy can feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. While it does wipe out your old debt, bankruptcies stay on your credit report for seven to 10 years, hurting your long-term chances of qualifying for a mortgage or other credit. Despite the hardships you’ll...
Cathy Scola/Getty Images Any bill that is reported to a credit bureau as past due is a delinquent debt. In the early stages of delinquency it’s easier to repair your credit and move on. But the longer debts go unpaid, the more aggressive creditors get about...
sturt/Getty Images Getting a short-term loan for a couple grand probably seemed like a perfectly fine — or more likely necessary — idea for one Massachusetts woman, until she was hit with the 392.6 annual percentage rate racking up more than $6,300 of additional debt. By the...
Westend61/Getty Images After using my credit cards to pay for my extensive medical bills, I was suddenly drowning in debt. Thanks to the high interest rate on my cards, my balance continued to balloon. Desperate for a solution, I thought credit card consolidation would solve my...
Hero Images/Getty Images 7 ways to get out of debt Two out of every five households carry credit card debt from month to month, according to the 2018 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, or NFCC. Some of those consumers are managing a...
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Gary Burchell/Getty Images A property lien is an official notice that a property owner owes money to a creditor. The lien gives the creditor the right to sell collateral property (such as a house, mobile home or vehicle) to pay the debt if the owner refuses...
Blue Apron Many Americans have begun to count on food delivery services to take the pain out of mundane meal-planning. But much like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry, you may end up spending more when you are ordering food to be delivered than you if...