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Need a New Car? Hope You Don’t Live in Miami

August 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most American households can’t afford new cars in all but one of the largest metro areas in the country.

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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.

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.

Betsy Devos and Rich Cordray fight over student loans (illustrated)

Is It The CFPB Versus The Education Department?

July 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Looks like Richard Cordray and Betsy DeVos are going to fight over student loan forgiveness.

An older Gen X man sits in front of a laptop looking a bill for a debt he owes, showing signs of financial stress

How Do I Stop Being a Co-Signer On A Student Loan?

June 14, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to stop being financially responsible for someone else’s debt.

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.

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.”

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

4 Ways Home Equity Loans Can Sink Your Finances

May 5, 2017 | Money Talks News

Are you setting yourself up to fail?

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How to Refinance Your Car Loan for Long-Haul Savings

April 28, 2017 | Money Talks News

In spite of recent interest rates hikes, you may still be able to save money by refinancing.

Donald Trump fights consumers in a boxing ring as the CFPB jumps in (illustrated)

Why the CFPB Still Has a Fighting Chance

March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and Family

March 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

Here’s what to say when a relative or friend hits you up for a loan.

Betsy DeVos rides a bear and flings education vouchers everywhere (illustrated)

25 Things I Learned About Betsy DeVos By Reading Her Own Words

February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.

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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.

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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.

Gilmore Girls and money

The 22 biggest money moments on Gilmore Girls

November 16, 2016 | Dori Zinn

As Netflix prepares to release more Gilmore Girls, we take a look back at the sometimes hard-to-believe spending in the original show.

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.

Want to make your donation to charity count? Do your homework.

Ask The Expert: How Do I Convince My Kid To Take My Money?

September 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to help her son start a pool-cleaning service, but he refuses to let her.

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4 Simple Steps To Get The Very Best Car Loan​

August 30, 2016 | Money Talks News

Many people shop backwards for a vehicle — and that’s costly. Here’s how to get the best deal.

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Most Everyone Thinks College Is Worth It

August 2, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most everyone believes college is worth the investment, but a lot of Americans wish that it were free.

Federal student loan relief keeps cash in your hand

Ask The Expert: Can A Dying Person Co-Sign My Student Loan?

July 6, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks he found a loophole: Ask a relative with terminal cancer to co-sign his loan.

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Ask The Expert: Co-Sign For My Kid’s Student Loan?

June 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s daughter is pleading with him, but he’s hesitating till he hears from Howard.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

student loan deferment

Ask The Expert: How Do I Deal With $120,000 In Student Loans?

March 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is embarrassed she ran up this much debt – as a finance and accounting major.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Co-Sign A Car Loan?

March 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s goddaughter needs a new car. But does he need the headache?

lending to friends

The 3 Golden Rules Of Lending To Friends And Family

November 24, 2015 | Money Talks News

Getting together with family during the holidays? Here’s what to say when a relative hits you up for a loan.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

September 18, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Ignoring student loans, online survey sites, credit card company tricks, frugal habits and bad habits costing you money.

The Secret To A Successful Marriage: Separate But Equal Cash -

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.

Debt-free living is easy if you start off right

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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Meet The Debt.com Scholarship Winner — And Learn How You Can Be Next

May 4, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Applicants included single moms, cancer survivors, and a Miss America runner-up. So we’re doing it again.

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Get Out of Debt Guy: Is There Hope for Us In Bankruptcy?

April 24, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader with $80,000 in credit card debt is looking for a way out, and wants to know whether bankruptcy will solve his problems.

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4 Ways To Make FAFSA Faster

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Filling out a FAFSA is a difficult and lengthy process. An expert recommends ways to change that.

Red Lobster student loan program

The Red Lobster Top Secret Student Loan Program

March 31, 2015 | Jess Miller

When companies try to get young people hired with the promise of ‘tuition assistance,’ here’s what they don’t tell you.

Federal student loan relief keeps cash in your hand

Is It Safer To Take Out A Private Student Loan Than A Public One?

January 8, 2015 | Claire Maurer

When it comes to default rates, private lenders say yes. Some experts disagree.

Around the web

This week around the web

September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller

Creative ways to save on food, tuition costs, and dating.

Smartest ways to pay off debt

The 5 dumbest and smartest ways to pay off your credit card debt

June 30, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

Credit card use is surging once again – and so is credit card debt. Here’s what to do (and not do) about it.