credit card debt

Revolving debt from your credit cards has a way of causing problems for your budget. Your monthly payments depend on how much you borrow and with high interest rates, too much debt can easily overwhelm your budget. We’re here to help you maintain control over credit card debt so you can take advantage of credit without breaking the bank.

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3 New Polls that Depress Me about Americans and Money

March 20, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

How can the greatest country on Earth not be so great with its money?


Ask The Expert: What’s The Least Bad Answer?

March 8, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A husband and wife have competing plans for getting out of debt. Alas, both are terrible.

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Millennials Give Scary Answers to Silly Questions About Debt

February 20, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The generation that will soon take over the world has yet to conquer its own financial woes.

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For Love of Money

February 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

Americans prefer financial stability over looks and fitness in romantic partners.

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Credit Card Debt: When “Typical” Is Horrible

February 13, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here’s a new statistic that should strike fear into your family. Here’s what you can do about it.

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Ask The Expert: Is This The Dumbest Idea You’ve Ever Heard?

February 1, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: How Trump, gold bullion, and credit cards don’t mix.

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Ask The Expert: Declare Bankruptcy Before Or After My Wedding? [video]

January 18, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple wants a clean slate, but are they mucking up their nuptials?

A mortgage is good debt. Credit cards can be, too, if used properly.

Ask The Expert: How Do I Tell My Fiancee? [video]

January 11, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A man has a dirty little secret he’s keeping from the love of his life.

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We’re Getting Squeezed By Credit Card Debt — But Acting Smarter

December 15, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Our expenses keep going up, but our credit card debt is lower than it was a decade ago

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Ask The Expert: Are Credit Cards Rigged?

November 30, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is suspicious of all these “reward programs.” How can they possibly be legit?

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Ask The Expert: Should I Sign A Pre-Nup? Or Make Him Sign One, Too?

November 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is offended by her fiance, but she’s got an amusing plan to even the odds.

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Millions of Americans Spy on Credit Card Statements of Others

November 17, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Turns out that 24 percent of higher-earning and lower-earning Americans are equally likely to snoop on the credit report of someone they share an account with.

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10 Ways To Stay Motivated When Paying Off Debt

November 17, 2016 |

Do you know when to be patient — and when to be angry?

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Dvorkin On Debt: What You Can Learn From Ryan Lochte’s First Credit Card

November 14, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The swimmer, dancer, and spokesman just got a credit card. Here’s why that matters.

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The Subtle Psychology of Credit Cards

October 20, 2016 | Dollar Stretcher

Here’s how to understand the emotions of your purchases.

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Americans Have a Ton of Debt

October 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most people say they don’t have any debt, but do they know what debt means?

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Never Read Your Credit Card Contract? It Might Cost You

October 4, 2016 | Money Talks News

Only 26 percent of cardholders regularly read them. Find out why that’s a mistake.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Credit Cards Are Still Crazy About Fees

September 5, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You’ll never guess how many fees your credit card can charge. Seriously, you’ll never guess.

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Don’t Put College On Your Credit Card

August 24, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most public schools charge convenience fees that can put you out hundreds of extra dollars a year

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Almost Every State Is Stressed About Debt

August 22, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most every state in the union is stressed about paying off debt. Here’s the complete breakdown, state-by-state.

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Are Trump and Clinton Supporters Actually That Different?

August 16, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most supporters of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump have credit card debt.

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Employers Now Use Financial Background in the Hiring Process

July 25, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

The impact credit scores now have on those seeking out employment

Dvorkin On Debt: Pokemon Go Should Be Pokemon Dough

July 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The latest craze in mobile gaming can teach as much as it entertains.

Obamacare is going to cost you one way or another.

Dvorkin On Debt: The Real Definition of “Unhealthy Debt”

July 4, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Debt can not only ruin your life, it can kill you.

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FOMO Plays a Huge Role in Millennial Spending

June 21, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

How the fear of missing out effects this generation

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Military Personnel Are Overwhelmed with Their Finances

June 10, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Those who dedicated their lives to serving are now left vulnerable to debt

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Ask The Expert: Are Debit Cards Better Than Cash And Credit Cards?

June 1, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s fiance insists cash isn’t king, and credit cards are evil.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Charlie Sheen Has More Credit Card Debt Than You

May 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The (in)famous actor owes nearly $300,000 on his American Express card. I’m offering to help him.

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Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Shocking Stats

April 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The recession is over, but are we spending our way into another one?

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Dvorkin On Debt: This Week’s Good News And Bad News

March 14, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Are Americans wising up about personal debt? Or are they doubling down?

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Dvorkin on Debt: A One-Two Sucker Punch

February 1, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

As we lurch into 2016, personal debt might be a bigger problem than it was in 2015.

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Dvorkin on Debt: Your Holiday Debt Hangover Has Arrived

January 25, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It may not be just a hangover. It might be a disease. Here’s the cure.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Blue Monday And Red Tuesday

January 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Maybe you’ve heard about Blue Monday. But you didn’t know about Red Tuesday.

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Ask The Expert: Can I Really Get Away With NOT Paying My Debts? [VIDEO]

January 6, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks he’s found a loophole, and he might be right.

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Dvorkin On Debt: The Only Resolution That Matters

December 28, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Not all New Year’s resolutions are created equal. Without this one, none of the others are possible.

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Ask The Expert: Does The Fed Matter To Me?

December 23, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is fed up with hearing about the Federal Reserve and its rate hike.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Talk To My Parents About Money?

December 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is frustrated because his elderly parents are spending too much.


Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Good-News Numbers

December 7, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Stats on America’s personal finances can be depressing, but here are some numbers to raise your holiday spirits.

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25 Worst Financial Mistakes Anyone Can Make

November 19, 2015 |

The good news: You can easily avoid all of them without breaking a sweat.


Dvorkin On Debt: The Best Way to Double $2,500

October 19, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

If I gave you $2,500, what the most bang you can get with those bucks?

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5 Reasons You Have a Bad Credit Score

October 15, 2015 |

No. 3 is the worst one, and the easiest one to fix.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Take The “Tired” Out Of “Retired”

October 12, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here’s how to counter the doom and gloom about retirement savings.

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Ask The Expert: Which Friend SHOULDN’T I Lend Money To?

September 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is torn between her boyfriend and best friend.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Loan My Best Friend $10,000 For Her Credit Cards?

September 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader inherited some money. Now her high-school pal wants a loan.

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Ask The Expert: Are Credit Cards Better Than Debit Cards?

August 26, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader says one thing, her husband another.

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Ask The Expert: How New Cars Can Become Old Headaches

August 5, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s husband wants a new car. She wants a used car. Who should win this argument?

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Ask The Expert: Can A Spam Email Help Me Pay Off My Credit Cards?

July 22, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s wife clicks on an unsolicited email and gets a lot of suspicious promises.


5 Debt Lessons From World Dictators

July 6, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Rule over your credit card debt with an iron fist, without making the same mistakes these dictators did.

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Ask the Expert: Help! I Have A Deferment Dilemma!

June 17, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is panicked because her break from paying student loans is coming to an end.

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Ask The Expert: My Mom Stole My Money, What Now?

June 10, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is thousands in debt — and is still living with the mother who put him there.