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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. 3459
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. 138
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. 2902
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
  • 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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  • Married and Starting Out

    Rather than Eating Out, Try Eating In!

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    While being on a budget could mean that we sit at home and eat canned baked beans, I use it as an excuse to have some cozy meals at home with my hubby. In some ways it is even nicer than going out. Who wants to battle the elements to get a meal? There is something so reassuring about coming back from work to a toasty warm house and eating some home-cooked food.

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  • Just Graduated and Starting Out

    Make a List and Check It Thrice

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    It may seem crazy, but the holidays are almost here and it's a good time to start making your gift list.  Since I've gotten older, I believe that having a plan for your finances and being prepared is the best way to stay ahead of the financial crunch.   

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  • Balancing Family

    Keeping the Focus on Meaning for Upcoming Holidays

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    It is only September and the holiday catalogues are already arriving in the mail.  It seems like each year the stores start the shopping season for major holidays earlier and earlier.  What is a parent to do?  Here are some ways to avoid the early rush and keep the focus on what you feel is important. 

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  • Just Graduated and Starting Out

    Energy Efficiency. Have You Heard of It?

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    As we enter the fall season, let's make sure that our savings continue to grow. Energy efficiency has been a buzz phrase for the last couple of years, but have you heard of it? If so, are you living an energy-efficient lifestyle?

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  • Single and Settling In

    Gas, Electric and Water...Oh My!

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    Okay, so these are not exactly lions, tigers, and bears....but, if you don't pay attention to them, they could be!  Growing up, I never understood why my father was constantly telling us to, "turn off the lights" when you leave a room, "put a sweater on" if we were cold or, "turn the water off" while brushing your teeth.

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  • A Straight Talk on Debt

    A Straight Talk on Debt Weekly Reading: September 10, 2010

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    This week Straight Talk on Debt entered the Personal Finance Writing Project. The topic for the project was Education and Wealth and there are some excellent articles from over 25 different personal finance bloggers.

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  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    The Debt Diva’s Weekly Recommended Reading: September 10th, 2010

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    As summer turns into fall and sunrays become cool breezes, it is the perfect time to re-evaluate your home energy efficiency! Affording new appliances may be easier than you think, especially if you purchase new Energy Star appliances. These appliances, which have been government-certified as using less energy than a typical appliance, may cost more initially, but that cost difference will be made up in lower energy costs through the life of the appliance. Luckily, there are a few ways to cut costs, and still purchase an appliance that will save the environment and your wallet in the long run! Many states have special discount or rebate programs funded by $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information...
  • Life Balance

    Beware of Standby Power: Don't Let it Suck You Dry!

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    When you charge your laptop or cell phone, do you sometimes leave it plugged in beyond the time that it's fully charged? Do you have appliances with remotes, LED lights, constant displays, or power adaptors? If so (and most likely you do), then you are an unwitting consumer of standby power, and it's sucking you dry - financially and environmentally.  

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  • Major Life Challenges Blog Series

    Divorce and Debt, an Introduction to a New Series

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    Your divorce may have blindsided you, leaving you an emotional mess. The last thing on your mind is your finances and how they will be impacted.

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  • Single and Settling In

    Hibernation Preparation

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    Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love Halloween, spiced cider, comfy sweatshirts, and crisp, sunny days. Really, there's only one thing about fall that I find objectionable and that is that it leads into winter!

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  • CareOne Debt Discussions

    2010’s Hippest Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home!

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    It may be tempting to wait until the last second and pick something up at the party store on October 30th, but those costumes are poorly constructed, borderline-cheesy and worst of all... EXPENSIVE. With a few dollars and a little bit of time, you could have a trendy costume and a full wallet!

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  • Divorce, Debt, and Finances

    5 Smart Financial Moves to Make after Divorce

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    The good news is that there are smarter and better ways to deal with divorce in times of financial distress.  It may not be what you want, but it may help keep you and your ex-spouse from drowning in debt.

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