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  • 1. Your "Get Out of Debt" Step-by-Step Roadmap Views: 568
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    Terms of Use: Your Get out of Debt Step-by-Step Roadmap You've heard the old saying, live within your means. Easier said than done for some. The important thing is that you've reached a point where you realize your life would be a lot less stressful if you didn't have bills to worry about. Short of winning the lottery, what can you do? Here's help. Four rules to live by: 1. Be realistic! If you are spending $500 a month now on food, don't expect to cut your grocery bill t  More...
  • 2. The Money Express article series introduction Views: 290
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    Putting You in Control of Your Financial Life Click on me to replay. AC_VHost_Embed_1190(119,133,'FFFFFF',1,1,39726,0,0,0,'b1db03cc14e1ba20b0255c167fb51899',6); Managing money is a critical life skill that many of us have never really mastered. Good money management skills help you get ahead financially and help prevent others from taking advantage of you. That's where The Money Express comes in. It's Connection's way to provide useful financial information in understandable terms  More...
  • 3. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 84
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    Terms of Use Table of Contents 1. Obtain information from several lenders 2. Obtain all important cost information 3. Obtain the best deal that you can 4. Remember: Shop, compare, negotiate 5. Fair lending is required by law 6. Credit problems? 7. Glossary 1. Obtain Information from Several Lenders Home loans are available from several types of lenders-- thrift institutions , commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions. Different lenders may quote you different prices, so you sh  More...
  • 4. Should I close my credit card if I'm not using it? Views: 77
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    Terms of Use: With annual fees and interest rates on credit cards, you may be wondering whether to close out an account you're not using. Some are also concerned about identity theft as well as the need to simply control the amount of debt. Whatever your reason for considering closing a credit card account, here are some things to consider: If you close out a credit card that has an unpaid balance on it, your available credit (or credit limit) on that card goes to zero. Your credit score look  More...
  • 5. Basics about bankruptcy Views: 76
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    Terms of Use: When the amount of debt you have seems impossible to ever repay, one of the options you may consider is filing bankruptcy. This option, of course, should never be entered into lightly. Be sure that you have researched the pros and cons, and that you have considered alternatives to taking this drastic step. Discharging your Debts Having your debts erased is called getting a discharge of your debts. A discharge is actually a court order that proclaims that you do not have to pa  More...
  • 6. Basics about foreclosure Views: 76
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    Terms of Use: If you can't make your mortgage payments, your lender can foreclose on your home. Foreclosure is a process that can begin immediately and will result in your losing your home. Most lenders, however, will allow you to miss a couple of payments before starting foreclosure proceedings. If you're at risk of missing a mortgage payment, contact your lender immediately. While the process of foreclosure can take several months, be aware that the process itself will be a costly   More...
  • 7. What is a living will? Views: 75
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    Terms of Use A living will is really not a will at all because it doesn't provide for the disbursement of property. Instead, it is a set of instructions documenting a person’s wishes about medical care for use at the time when you are unable to communicate or make decisions. Everyone has the right to accept or refuse medical care. A living will protects your rights and removes the burden of making decisions from family, friends, and physicians. Living wills define your desire to eith  More...
  • 8. What is the FACT Act? Views: 75
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    Terms of Use In December of 2003, Congress passed the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (often referred to as the 'FACT Act', or 'FACTA'), which amended the Fair Credit Reporting Act ('FCRA'), and established new regulations. The new law helps consumers understand their credit rights, understand their credit reports, and fight identity theft. One of the most notable elements of the FACT Act is that it allows consumers to request one free credit report every 12 m  More...
  • 9. Can I get a credit report for free? Views: 75
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    Terms of Use Credit reports contain a wealth of information about your credit history. Consumers now can get a free copy of their credit report. It's important to review your credit report at least annually to ensure it is accurate and that you have not become a victim of identity fraud. A study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that one in four credit reports contains errors serious enough to cause consumers to be denied credit, a loan, an apartment or or even a job. Some of th  More...
  • 10. How can I keep myself safe from credit card fraud? Views: 75
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    Terms of Use: Credit and charge card fraud costs cardholders and issuers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. While theft is the most obvious form of fraud, it can occur in other ways. For example, someone may use your card number without your knowledge. It's not always possible to prevent credit or charge card fraud from happening. But there are a few steps you can take to make it more difficult for a crook to capture your card or card numbers and minimize the possibility. Guarding Agains  More...
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