Category: Budget & Debts

Prevent Avoidable Debt with These Recommended Apps

There is a lot of talk these days about cost-conscious budgeting to prevent avoidable debt. In fact, we’ve shared many handy tips and tricks on this blog to prevent over-spending and to help you feel more in control of your household’s money management. Nowadays though, there is an abundance of programs and phone apps to […]

Forgiven Debt is Taxable Income

Surprising news for many American consumers out there: Forgiven debt is taxable income! When you’re buried in debt, the one saving grace is often creditor settlement. Creditors are often willing to negotiate a significant discount on a debt when they know that a consumer is unable to pay in full. The rationale is that they […]

Pulling Yourself Out of Debt

Pulling yourself out of debt is always an uphill battle. However, with the right tools and mindset, you can start chipping away and eventually free yourself of debt. When you first set out to tackle your debt, consider four factors: Your debt strategy Downgrading opportunities Money-making opportunities Other ways to save With regard to your […]

Going Bankrupt

Now that started down the going bankrupt path, and introduced you to the different chapters, it’s time to dig a little deeper. We want to arm you with knowledge you need of bankruptcy court and the proceedings so you’re comfortable and confident going bankrupt. This is by no means an exhaustive list, however, we hope […]

Homeowner Costs: The Unspoken Reality of Hidden & Sunk Costs

Recently, we’ve talked a lot about the hard costs of owning a home. We’ve discussed the costs of borrowing money from the bank, interest rates, mortgages, second mortgages, and the varying value of your investment as the housing market declines and recovers. When faced with the unfortunate prospect of foreclosure, these hard costs are often […]

Dealing with Debt Collectors

No one wants the phone to ring if it is a debt collector calling. A call of this nature can only mean one thing: A bill is overdue, long overdue. While the knee-jerk reaction may be to run away from the problem, knowing your rights and the proper way to proceed will restore your sense […]