Managing Your Debt

Learn how to manage the debt that you have, including student loan and credit card debt. We've got expert advice on how best to manage your payments, how to get out of debt, and the best ways to avoid debt in the future.

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A woman holds her hands to her forehead while staring at her laptop screen in shock: her zombie debt has returned
What Is Zombie Debt?
A young woman pays off her holiday debt.
How to Quickly Pay Down Holiday Debt
A young consumer considers his debt consolidation options.
Should I Consider Using a Consolidation Loan to Get Out of Debt?
Freedom Debt Relief
Freedom Debt Relief Review
A woman checks her loan consolidation application.
What Is Debt Consolidation?
A man talks to a debt collector.
What Is a Debt Collector?
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10 Simple Ways To Manage Your Money Better
National Debt Relief
National Debt Relief Review
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Credit Counseling vs. Debt Settlement
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What To Know About Debt Forgiveness
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Credit Associates Review
Image shows a pair of hands typing at a computer with a pile of bills and calculator to the right. Text reads: "What to know about debt validation letter: federal law gives you the right to request a debt collector provide proof that you owe a debt. You must make your request in writing within 30 days of the debt collector's initial contact with you. Your rights are not protected if you make your debt validation request over the phone. Once you send a debt validation letter, the collector must stop collections efforts until they've sent sufficient proof of the debt"
Use This Letter To Dispute a Debt Collection You're Unsure Of
Image shows four icons: a handshake, a contract, a credit card, and a home that says "MORTGAGE" on the side. Text reads: "Categories of debt each state has its own statute of limitations on debt, and the limitations vary depending on the type of debt you have. Oral agreements, written contracts—must include terms and conditions, open-ender accounts, promissory note—pay bak by a certain time and date"
In Debt? Here's the Statute of Limitations in Every State
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What Is Cancellation of Debt?
An older couple meets with a credit counselor to review their debt relief options.
What to Expect From Consumer Credit Counseling
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6 Things That Can Bring Old Debt Back to Life
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7 Steps to Take Before, During, and After a Debt Collection Call
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Debt Strategies That Do Not Work Including Using Home Equity
Image shows how credit card overdraft protection affects your credit: Overdraft protection can affect your credit if you've linked your checking account to a credit card or line of credit as a backup source of funding. Some credit card issuers treat overdraft payments as a cash advance, which is more costly. Your credit score is impacted if you can’t afford to clear up the overdraft.
How Overdraft Protection Can Impact Your Credit
Image shows tips for sending a pay for delete letter, including First send a debt validation letter for proof of debt (if within 30 days of initial contact with collector) Send letter only if you can pay the full amount listed as soon as the creditor or collector agrees to your offer Send the letter and your follow-up payment via certified mail, with return receipt requested Make sure you keep a copy of the letter for your records.
Need To Send a Pay for Delete Letter? Use This Easy Template
4 Steps to Make Sure Your Extra Payments Make the Biggest Impact
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Century Support Services Review
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Golden Financial Services Review
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What Happens to Credit Card Debt When You Die?
Image shows why you should request a debt validation from collectors instead of just paying a debt: Debt collection notices are easy to fake. You may have already paid the debt. The “collector” may not actually be authorized to represent a creditor. Sometimes debt collectors resurrect old debts in an attempt to make some money, and don’t have the original documents
Here Is a Look at the Debt Validation Requirements for Collectors
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Here Is What You Need to Know About Voluntary Repossession
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Snowball or Avalanche: Which Debt Payoff Method Is Better?
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What Is the Debt Snowball Strategy?
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What Happens to Your Debt When You Die?
A billing statement with a past due stamp lies under a stack of bills and a calculator
What Does Past Due Mean and Why Is It Bad for My Credit Standing?
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Is Your Credit Card Debt Higher Than Average?
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Things Debt Collectors Aren't Allowed to Do
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Habits That Will Help You Pay Off Debt
Paying bills
How to Manage Your Debt
Image shows a person looking sad and petting a cat, holding a piece of paper that says "past due". Text reads: "how to find out which collection agency your owe: ask the original creditor; check your credit report; check your voicemail and caller ID; wait for them to call you"
How Can I Find Out Which Collection Agency I Owe?
Personal Loans
How to Get Control of Your Debt and Finances
Tired of Being Poor? Do These 5 Things
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What Is Debt Restructuring?
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How To Consolidate Credit Card Debt on Your Own
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The Dangers of Debt Settlement
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5 Costly Consequences of Ignoring Debt Collectors
A couple sit on their couch, reviewing their bills while talking on the phone to a debt collector
What Is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act?
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ClearOne Advantage Review
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This Is the Maximum Amount of Your Wages That Can Be Garnished
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Follow These Steps to Become Debt-Free.
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Don't Think You Owe? Ask for Debt Validation
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The Psychology of Spending Money - Advice on Debt
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How to Negotiate Credit Card Debt
Accredited Debt Relief
Accredited Debt Relief Review
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Your Debt-To-Income Ratio, and How to Calculate It
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How to Pay Off a Debt in Collection
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These Are the Days and Times That Debt Collectors Can Call You
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Rule of Thumb: Pay Off Your Credit Card Balance Every Month
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Does It Help To Make Partial Payments on Your Debts?
A woman looks over her credit card balances
Which Debt Should You Pay Off First?
Woman on the phone negotiating with debt collectors
9 Tips to Successfully Negotiate With Debt Collectors
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Should You Save for an Emergency or Pay Off Debt First?
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Rule of Thumb: Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest for Retirement?
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Here's a Sample Letter You Can Use to Stop Debt Collector Calls
A man is drowning in bills
Here Are 10 Signs You Have Too Much Debt

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