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Happy New Year everyone! This is the first Straight Talk on Debt Post for 2012 and it is dedicated to giving you information to support your financial success this year.
For those of you reading for the first time this post is a roundup of articles from personal finance bloggers that share their first hand knowledge of getting out of debt, budgeting, investing and more. I believe these people are the "real" financial experts because they have been there, had these experiences, and learned from them.
This month we are focusing on supporting success in our community and these articles were selected by me to do just that; help you on your journey to become debt free!
12 Steps to Financial Freedom in 2012 @GRSBlog "If you've resolved to take control of your finances in 2012, this article is the place to start. It's packed with tips and resources for making the most of your money. And as I do every year, I've added one tip to the list."
Better Than the Average Man (Infographic) @FrugalDad "I probably could have told you that American men were in bad shape (both financially and physically) but I didn't realize just how bad until now. The average guy has almost $15k in debt and only $3k in savings, and 16% of guys rarely pay off their credit card bills. If this isn't why Frugal Dad was founded back in 2007, then I don't know what is."
How Much Does a New Mortgage Affect Your Credit Score? @RyanGuina "If you are looking for a free way to get your credit score (free as in, no credit card required, no trial period, etc.), then check out Credit Karma and/or Credit Sesame. These aren't the FICO credit scores, but they are based on information from the major credit bureaus and are accurate enough for personal use."
Suzanne is a certified credit counselor and a Social Media Specialist for CareOne Debt Relief Services. Suzanne writes for Divorce, Debt and Finances and A Straight Talk on Debt. Follow Suzanne on Twitter @SuzanneCramer1 and @AskCareOne where she shares her insights on divorce and managing your finances.