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A Straight Talk on Debt A Straight Talk on Debt gives you the real deal on debt, straight from our employees and personal finance experts. Learn more about debt relief plans and how to be financially fit. 3428
CareOne Debt Discussions The employees of CareOne Services, Inc. understand debt, many have experienced their own personal debt challenges. Learn more about why the employees of CareOne understand what it is like to struggle financially. 678
Entrepreneurial Money Management Marci talks about the financial issues & concerns business owners’ face when running their own company. 61
Life Balance Nora and Tim help you find balance when dealing with a stressful debt situation. Learn how to manage stress and enjoy travel without breaking the bank. 794
Major Life Challenges Blog Series We are taking a closer look at some of the big issues we all can face in our lifetime. Each topic will be featured as a blog series. 134
My Journey out of Debt Featured customers currently enrolled in a CareOne Debt Relief Plan, share journey to become debt-free; hear how they juggle family, finances, and more. 2903
Savvy Spending Savvy Spender knows how to pinch a penny and about being on a budget. She has learned great ways to save money on everyday expenses. 198
  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    Expecting the Unexpected: Natural Disaster Insurance

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    Insurance to protect yourself and your home from natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, wildfires and floods seems to fall into a budgeting "grey area" that makes it hard to establish a cost/benefit analysis.

     

     

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  • Life Balance

    Get the Best of Prices and Weather with Shoulder Season Travel

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    A few years ago in the month of May, I took the train across Canada. This is a world-renowned train trip, snaking through mountain corridors, across endless prairies, and around massive lakes. And I did it for almost half of what it would have cost to go in June. Welcome to shoulder season travel.  

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  • Single and Settling In

    What Ghandi has to do With Debt Management

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    I know in the big picture my burden is loads lighter in terms of total debt, but I still have a long road ahead of me. It's not that I'm sad or angry or even pessimistic; what I'm feeling sometimes, I guess I would call... financial fatigue.

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  • Single and Settling In

    Financial Tricks and Treats

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    Halloween is my favorite holiday;I just get to put on stupid clothes and go to parties and gorge myself with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. What's not to love?

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  • Life Balance

    Sets and Reps of Money

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    In this post I'm going to suggest several pieces of advice that work for building strong habits in fitness and finance.

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  • Just Graduated and Starting Out

    Love your body and wallet

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    Joining a sports club in NYC costs an arm and a leg and it just wasn't realistic to include it in my monthly budget. I had to get creative quickly.

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  • My Journey out of Debt

    "Magical Mystery Tour..."

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    My wife and I celebrated her birthday last month and I was down to the wire as to what to do for her.The kids had it easy-- all they needed to do was make a handmade card or "Coupon book of Chores" and they were done.  No, I needed something different.  But,what?

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  • My Journey out of Debt

    CareOne Community Member Spotlight - "Squade"

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    Introducing a new featured segment for the My Journey out of Debt blog; CareOne Community Member Spotlight! We are placing the spotlight on some of the familiar members you see engaging in the Community. These members have graciously offered up their time to let me interview them about their personal stories, tips for success on the plans and more. This week I have interviewed Susan Quade; you would know her as squade. Susan did not have a photo of herself but because she lives near the beach this is the image we chose What happened that made you realize you needed help with your debt? My husband and I fell into the familiar trap of using credit cards for everyday expenses like gas, groceries, and dinners out. Before we knew it, we were making...
  • Married and Starting Out

    Keeping Trim while Trimming Our Budget

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    We decided that we would cancel our gym memberships and go it alone.

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    Gifts from the Heart

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    ooking at what I have on hand and my list, I have some work to do. Knowing I am not financially able to spend my usual $500 on Christmas I am going to have to tap into my creative side. Luckily for all of us I have some ideas!

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  • My Journey out of Debt

    Debt Is Not Genetic

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    The good news is that they have not found a gene that will predispose a person to credit card debt. There is hope!  I can teach my children to be financially responsible, and do my best to have them avoid getting into the same situation that I have created for myself. 

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  • Just Graduated and Starting Out

    Take a Look at Your Budget before the Holidays

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    To prepare for these upcoming seasonal events, it's a good idea to look at our budgets and clean them up before the spending spree begins. 

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  • Balancing Family

    Allowance for Kids: Life Lessons

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     Should kids have an allowance?  If so, then how much?  Should they have to earn it by doing chores, or should it be something they get automatically each week? I struggle with these questions myself.

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  • Single and Settling In

    It is Right around the Corner

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    I can't believe I am getting ready to ask this.....Are you ready for Christmas?  I know, I know, no one ever wants to think about the stress of the holidays before fall is even here, but they always sneak up on us and I am here to remind you: start early. 

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  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    Debt Diva's Recommended Reading: September 17, 2010

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    Instead of a cue to start spending, let's take it as a reminder to start planning and saving! The end of September is a fabulous time to devise a holiday game plan to keep your budget and your peace of mind intact during the last-minute December madness.

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  • A Straight Talk on Debt

    A Straight Talk on Debt Weekly Reading: September 17, 2010

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    The coupon celebrates its 100th anniversary this month! Coupons are increasingly more popular as we all try to save money where we can on groceries, clothing, services and entertainment.  

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  • Major Life Challenges Blog Series

    Divorce & Debt - Divorced and re-entering the workforce???

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    It did not take long before I realized that child support was not going to cut it. I had a mortgage payment and utility bills to cover; oh, and I had to put groceries on the table too. I had to get a job!

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  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    Know Your Rights!

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    When it comes to your cash, it's important to know your consumer rights! The tough economy has encouraged lawmakers to adopt stricter regulations of financial organizations and debt settlement companies to prevent consumer abuses.

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  • Life Balance

    The Bliss of Forethought for Holiday Shopping

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    BE EARLY. They're also the best two words for controlling how much you spend on this year's holiday shopping.

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  • Savvy Spending

    Having a Baby is Expensive

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    I know, the majority of you parents out there are probably rolling your eyes at the title and saying, "Well, yeah; that's pretty obvious." But, I honestly think that until you really get into the preparations for welcoming a little one into your home, you have no idea just how much money it will cost. And I am not even talking about when the baby arrives; I am talking about everything that goes into his or her arrival. There are some items that I am not willing to compromise on in terms of cost, like paying for various childbirth preparation classes, interviewing various pediatricians to make sure my husband and I are comfortable with the doctor we select, and including only safe and non-toxic products in the nursery, from the...
  • Retired & Widowed

    Getting Specific. Where Do I Start?

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    Acknowledging my weakness for spending was an important first step. I am motivated to change and I feel good about the path I am on.  Now where do I start? 

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  • My Journey out of Debt

    Holidays in September

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    School has started, professional football is back, and oh, by the way, Happy Holidays!  The holiday season may be months away, but it's never too early to start making your gift list.

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  • Retired and Loving It

    The holidays are right around the corner-time to shop the sales and get creative!

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    It's so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner and we have to start thinking about gift giving to family and friends. Now is the time to start grabbing those items on sale at the stores.

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  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    Eat, Pray, & Love to Save! - Money management tips from the bestselling novel

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    Read on for my top money management lessons inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling novel-turned-major motion picture.

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  • Balancing Family

    Cheap Halloween Treats

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    Halloween is my kids' second favorite holiday.  It does not get much better than dressing up and getting candy!  But like with most American events these days, it has gotten bigger and more expensive.  Costumes are expensive and can be poorly made.  This blog will explore some ideas, which will get your trick-or-treater dressed for less.

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