Howard Dvorkin’s next recession prediction starts with an auto loan bubble, but it originates from used car lots.

One More Reason Why I Still Fear An Auto-matic Recession

August 21, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It has to do with cars, but not really auto loans.

Lauren from Financial Best Life talks about shopping addiction

Lauren Went on a “Spending Freeze” to Pay Off $8,000

August 16, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

The debt she accrued wasn’t her fault this time, but it was her responsibility.

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Americans Are Finally Saving For Emergencies

August 9, 2017 | Joe Pye

The number of Americans without an emergency fund is at a six-year low.

Betsy DeVos looks at a classroom of lawyers (illustrated)

18 States Say Betsy DeVos Is a Failure

August 3, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The education secretary is being sued for siding with for-profit schools over students. But at least she’s learning from her mistakes.

Portrait of Zina from Debt Free After Three, Debt.com’s Financial Profiling featured personal finance blogger

Zina Paid Off $28,000 of Debt in Three Years

August 2, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

She put every extra penny toward her student loans and carefully tracked her spending.

Debt buyers are quietly trading America's past-due debt

Americans Are Buried in Debt, But What About the Rest of the World?

July 31, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Sadly, we’re No. 1 in one of the categories we don’t want to be.

CREDIT SCORE NOT A LOAN

Here Are All The Ways Your Credit Score Is About To Jump

July 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Crippling debt can totally kill our credit history, which makes buying a home or car or even getting a credit card nearly impossible. But some new changes to reporting are going to seriously boost your credit score.

Perspectives on how the student loan debt in America stacks up

Money on the Street Interviews: What’s Your Opinion of Student Loan Debt in America?

July 13, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

Half-clothed beachgoers give some very serious answers about their thoughts on federal student loans and the debt they cause.

Debt.com debt news illustration by Ivan Benavides: Female student walks towards hole as businessman considers housing market

Debt News You Probably Haven’t Heard — But Should

June 26, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: clueless about student loans, passionless about work, passionate about boycotts.

A married business woman places her hand on her face in frustration, uncertain about her debt, budget and finances

Americans Wish They Saved More

June 21, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Not saving enough for retirement is a bigger regret than taking on too much debt

Lindsay from Notorious Debt

This “Money-Pit” Ruined Lindsay’s Finances

June 21, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

It left the Notorious D.E.B.T. writer and her husband hopelessly in debt — but they’re making a comeback.

Stained glass window of Moses carrying the 10 Commandments. Which Commandment can predict your debt?

How One Of the 10 Commandments Can Predict Your Debt

June 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

If you break this Commandment, you’re probably broke.

An indebted woman ponders the question: can debt collectors come to your house?

Is It Legal For Debt Collectors To Ring My Doorbell?

June 7, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader asks about debt collectors, repo men, and “Fonzi” schemes.

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Are You Paying the Wrong Debt First?

June 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We’re paying off unsecured personal loans faster than auto loans, mortgages, and credit cards and we probably shouldn’t be.

Graduates stare at a tsunami of student loan debt (illustrated)

Student Loans: Too Big to Fail? Or Too Much to Succeed?

June 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The “student loan crisis” is so massive, we can’t even comprehend it anymore.

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Chris From Debt Free Geek Believes in Intensity

May 31, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

It not only helps him stay debt-free, it also protects him.

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How Do We Prepare For The Next Recession?

May 31, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader agrees with her husband: A recession is coming. They don’t agree on what to do about it.

Betsy DeVos rides a bear at the circus with ringleader Trump (illustrated)

Donald Trump’s Student Loan Circus

May 25, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He wants to ditch almost everything that helps students save money and manage debt in order to “prioritize students” and “empower parents.”

A team of 2 firefighter of a German fire brigade after an exhausting training session with protective gear

Can Volunteer Firefighters Get Student Loan Forgiveness?

May 24, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know if you need a real job to get real debt relief.

Ed Sheeran

You Should Manage Your Money Like Ed Sheeran

May 22, 2017 | Emily Bloch

Turns out, the millionaire knows a thing or two about saving.

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High Debt Gives Us High Anxiety

May 19, 2017 | Joe Pye

Most Americans don’t have a plan to deal with an average debt of $37,000.

David, writer from Run The Money, explores similarities between physical and financial health

Financial Pain is Nothing to David from Run the Money

May 17, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Sure, it hurts, but he’s been through worse.

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How to Get Married Without Going Broke

May 4, 2017 | Make Change

Weddings are expensive, but these three thrifty brides had the day of their dreams while continuing to save for happily ever after.

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Ask the Expert: Are Debt Management Plans Legit?

April 12, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wonders if the letters DMP are A-OK.

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Student Loans Make Millennials Desperate

April 11, 2017 | Joe Pye

Nearly 90 percent of young employees would commit to an employer for 5 years – if it helped them pay back their debt.

Portrait for Chonce Rhea, creator of the blog My Debt Epiphany

How Chonce Overcame Dire Financial Troubles

April 5, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

She once relied on welfare. Now she’s a successful personal finance coach.

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10 Songs About Debt That Aren’t by The Beatles, ABBA or Pink Floyd

April 3, 2017 | Emily Bloch

Because let’s face it — those aren’t relevant anymore

40-hour work week? Try 60

How Working Too Hard Can Drive You Into Debt

April 3, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You’ve heard the term, “work smarter, not harder”? Try “work less, save more.”

The stock market continues to rise and break records, but are Trump and the stock market a match made in Heaven?

Ask the Expert: Jump On The Trump Train?

March 29, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader wants to dive into the stock market and clean up. But is he making a mess?

2017 taxes

Settling the Splurges

March 28, 2017 | Dori Zinn

As more Americans plan to save their tax refunds, fewer plan shopping sprees.

Do you pay use tax?

Tax Refunds Are Helping Us Save

March 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most Americans will save their money or pay off debt with their returns.

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Even Military Families Are Cutting Back Spending

February 28, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The vast majority of middle-class military families — like commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers — are planning to improve their finances this year, even though they make at least $50,000.

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Tax Refunds Aren’t Getting Us Out of Debt

February 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Forty percent of American families are making thousands of dollars in medical, auto, or tax payments at some point in a year but even after paying, they’re suffering from crippling debt.

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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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8 Foolproof Steps to Get You Out of Debt Fast

February 10, 2017 | Money Talks News

Want to speed up your debt-reduction efforts? Here’s how to do so without a crash diet.

If you're like two thirds of adults, you have a fear of debt; the solution is to wipe it out

Most of Us Fear Debt

January 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Two-thirds of young adults have an actual fear of debt, even though they plan their spending on a constant basis.

If the paperwork from your school loan servicers has you grabbing your hair, you may need assistance with student loan debt

Most Employees Don’t Get the Student Loan Help They Need

January 5, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Companies could be doing their employees a huge service if they offered some — and sometimes better — student loan repayment assistance.

Lift-Up program helps people get out of utility debt

Want Residents to Pay off Debt? Don’t Just Bill Them — Help Them

December 27, 2016 | Dori Zinn

National League of Cities gets those in debt to pay it back by giving them time, not money

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Get Out Of My Title Loan?

December 21, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know how he can keep his car. Sadly, he can’t. But he has an option.

The cost of funerals can lead to debt without end of life planning; even without family inheritance you need estate planning

How Does Debt Affect Survivors After a Loved One’s Death?

December 13, 2016 | Money Talks News

When a loved one dies, you have a lot on your mind. Paying off debt should not be one of them.

Money questions millennials shopping habits

How Your Thought Process Affects Your Finances

November 29, 2016 | Debt.com

Knowing how you think about money can help you save more of it.

Debt.com $1,000 giveaway

Dvorkin On Debt: Want $1,000?

November 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It doesn’t matter how you got into debt. Let’s get you out.

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How The U.S. Debt Levels Stack Up Against Other Countries

November 22, 2016 | Debt.com

Hint: It’s not as bad as you think.

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10 Ways To Stay Motivated When Paying Off Debt

November 17, 2016 | Debt.com

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

If you're like two thirds of adults, you have a fear of debt; the solution is to wipe it out

Is Household Debt Creeping Back Up To Recession Levels?

November 15, 2016 | Debt.com

Here are the numbers behind what’s happening to household debt, and what they mean. You shouldn’t worry too much.

Find the right way out of debt

4 Things That Can Be Learned From China’s Debt Crisis

November 10, 2016 | Debt.com

Learn these lessons and you can save more than China does.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Who I’m Endorsing

October 31, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It’s not a candidate. It’s an attitude.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Credit Cards Overtake Cash For The First Time Ever

October 10, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I have very mixed feelings about this. So should you.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Marry This Guy?

August 31, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to convince her parents that her boyfriend shouldn’t be judged on his lack of money.

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Asian Americans Value Money More Than the Rest of Us

August 29, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Asian Americans have a higher median personal income, believe they can retire earlier, and save more money than the general population.