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How One Man Dumped Debt to Prepare for a Plush Retirement

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For today’s debt success story, we welcome James from Retirement Savvy. Tell us a bit about yourself. I retired in 2005 after serving 21 years in the United States Army, where I had a chance to travel the world and engage with a diverse, eclectic group of people and enjoy incredible experiences. During the latter part of my career, my interest in personal finance was piqued based on my own experiences and observations of the way most Americans plan – or more accurately, fail to plan – for retirement and the difficulty many face in...

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4 Ways to Make More Money Next Year

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A new year means a fresh new start, and along with the many other goals you’re likely considering for 2015, I’m going to share with you today 4 ways to make more money in the coming year.  Increasing your income isn’t as difficult or as far-fetched as most people think it is, and with a little ingenuity, you can learn how to have more money on a regular basis.  If you make more money this next year, what are you going to do with it?  Will you pay off debt, increase savings or take a vacation?  Will you plump up your...

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How One Woman Paid off $30,000 in Debt on a $40,000 Salary

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How did you acquire $30,000 in debt?  What did that debt consist of? My $30k+ debt was all student loan debt. I was fortunate to receive some pretty substantial scholarships from my undergraduate university which kept my debt load low. I then foolishly borrowed a bunch of money to attend a fancy, “brand name” graduate school. What did it feel like to have that much debt? Awful! I felt like a giant gorilla was sitting on my chest and I couldn’t catch my breath. That probably sounds a little dramatic, but it’s true! Although my debt load was...

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Personal Finance 2015: If You Only Set One Money Goal This Year

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The time is here for setting personal finance goals and resolutions which, for most people, come with a hope of a more solid financial life and stable financial future.  Managing money better, along with getting in better shape, seems to be near the top of the list for most everyone when new year goals and resolutions are made.  For most, those goals will fall by the wayside within just a few short weeks after the new year begins. Today, however, I’m going to share one simple goal idea for those new to the world of having control over...

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WKW 49: The Importance of Credit and How to Manage It Effectively with Becky Frost

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Should people really care about their credit? Why is credit important? Our guest for today is Becky Frost, the Senior Manager of PR and Consumer Education for Experian Consumer Services and she will walk us through why we really should pay attention to our credit and how to effectively manage it. In this podcast episode, Becky discusses: • How credit affects us and the reasons why credit is important, including how it affects: our ability to get the best rates for loans, whether or not weget approval to rent homes/apartments, the rates we get...

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