Debt

October 14, 2020
How Much Should I Save Monthly if I’m in Debt?

Saving money is always a priority, but the amount you save depends on your other goals, such as paying off debt. A rule of thumb is to save at least $1,000 to cover emergency expenses. Consider labeling your emergency account, “Debt-Proof Insurance.” The title is a reminder that the account exists to keep you out…

August 12, 2020
What loan options do I have for helping my child afford college?

Starting college is an exciting time for parents and students alike. But this excitement often comes with stress and uncertainty about how to pay for school. You may be wondering what options are available for you and your child. If you want to help your child cover the costs of higher education, you have many…

June 17, 2020
Are there debt consolidation companies for poor credit scores?

Submitted by Sara K. A Debt Management Plan (DMP) that is offered by a non-profit credit counseling agency can be an excellent tool for getting out of debt. Anyone can use these plans, whether they have poor credit or great credit. Credit cards, collections, and medical debt are eligible for these programs. How a Debt…

June 08, 2020
Can I trade in my new truck for a cheaper car?

I have a truck that I just bought for $35,000. It’s now worth about $31,000. Can I trade my truck in for a $20,000 car? What happens with my negative equity on the truck and my sedan that I just paid for with the trade–in value? Submitt...

July 22, 2020
What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt?

There are a couple of ways to get out of debt and back on track with your finances. Let’s walk through some straightforward steps together! Start with Budgeting Basics To start with, make a budget. Total up all your monthly take home pay. Nex...