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.
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    Don’t Agonize. Organize.

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    I've noticed that this way of life causes a lot of anxiety, which I'm sometimes not even aware of until after I pay a bill.  Since I began the DMP, I've become more aware of my bills and expenses and have realized that I will feel a lot better if I don't ignore my bills-this might make me feel less overwhelmed by them. 

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    Budgets 101 - Keeping it simple

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    I sat down and was able to create a budget for my son that would have him back out of credit card debt by May, have his airfare saved up by July, and his cruise paid off when it is due in October.  I was also able to make it work so that he could have over $1,000 in an emergency fund by the end of this year.  I told him that I wanted his budget, as it was much more simplified than my own.

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    An Inspiring Story – And True!

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    When I left the company, I lost touch with him, but through mutual acquaintances I had heard that he too left the company to pursue another interest that did not pan out...and then 9/11 hit. When 9/11 hit, the industry that he was so successful in, like so many other industries, took a huge hit and he could not find work. His wife filed for divorce not long after that and for a period of three years, he was out of work and struggling, to say the least. 

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    11 Tips to Recover From Holiday Spending

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    Here are 11 tips to recover from your holiday spending spree and get your finances back on track.

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    Need Motivation? Look Behind AND in Front of You

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    It was three years ago yesterday that I sent a private message to a CareOne employee in response to a post in the community looking for customers willing to share their journey while enrolled in the DMP. We had only been enrolled in the DMP for six months, and everything about it and how our lives had changed was still new and fresh, and scary. 

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    Return to the Basics, Again and Again

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    Sure, many things in life are inescapably complex: calculus, automatic transmissions, human relations, the federal tax code. But even these can be broken down into parts and addressed one item at a time. Which means that pretty much everything can be made simpler. So when life gets too complicated, take yourself back to the basics.

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    January Equals Rise in Divorce

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    The New Year brings a fresh start for many of us. It may mean a dedication to your health, finally paying off your debt, or maybe filing for divorce. 

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    Give Your Savings a Job

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    Chances are that you've heard that you should "give every dollar a job." This is the case when it comes to your savings as well. Sometimes, it's hard to get excited about saving up money when you don't have a purpose for your money. As you arrange your finances, and plan for the future, don't forget to give your savings a job. 

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    Brush Your Teeth, Pay A Bill...In That Order

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    Controlling your money takes daily action. If you want to control your money you have to pay attention to what it's doing every day. Every. Single. Day.

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    Missing My DMP Deadline

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    Well, once again life hit, and with some of the financial blows my household took, my planned date of graduation came and went. I will say, it was a little depressing. I was looking forward to being "done" early and celebrating my success. 

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    The Expert Tracker

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    I am a bit of a control freak, and I love charts and graphs. I think on some level they make me think I am controlling the information in them. Maybe it is because control is about power and information is power.

     

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    The Unfortunate Effects of Debt

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    Regular payments would have had to have been made throughout his 7th grade school year. Vonnie and I crunched the numbers several times, but with our finances as they were then, we just couldn't find a way to afford the trip. We sadly told Tristan that he would not be able to go.

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    How Organized Do You Need to Be?

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    Good organization is the kind that produces more efficient and more effective outcomes for you, as a matter of course. That's how you judge it.

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    How Checking Receipts Can Save You Money

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    Many people just toss the receipt in the nearest trash can on their way out of the store. I'm guilty of that as well, how about you? Over time, I have come to realize that receipts are really quite useful pieces of paper that can save me money in several ways. 

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    My December Budgeting Confessions

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    But for right now, I thought I'd blog on the light side and check in with everyone about my victories and defeats in December . . . a dangerous month for spending. I like confessions, they keep me accountable, so here goes.

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    CareOne Gives Back Giveaway: Resolutions Rock

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    CareOne is pleased to announce our second CareOne Gives Back Giveaway: Resolutions Rock 

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    The Long and the Short of it...Savings That is

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    I had goals set in my budget, but in December I didn't stay focused and fell off the wagon.

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    Straight Talk On Debt: Psych Yourself Debt Free

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    There is definitely a correlation between how you view money matters and the state of your financial situation. The psychology behind spending, saving and indebtedness hinges on more then just what immediately comes to mind when you are struggling with debt.

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    New Year, New Budgets…Two of Them Actually

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    I have to do the budget for the short period of time until I finish my DMP (Whoo Hoo!), and I have to do my after-DMP budget. 

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    The Biggest Pitfall to Tracking Your Expenses

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    I didn't mind spending the money, but was struck with pangs of guilt when I had to record and face those expenditures.

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    Let's do the Thermostat Limbo

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    It's January and in the Midwest it's cold outside. However, now that I'm the adult and responsible for paying for the heating bill, I'm much less interested in keeping my home at a tropical temperature. But I'm also not interested in having the same arguments with my family about the thermostat setting.  

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    Managing for Today and the Future

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    Life is like that. You have to take care of all the little daily things like taking out the trash, feeding the kids, and paying your bills . . . but you also build the story of your life -- your legacy -- by the long-range projects you take on.

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    My Husband is the King of Haggling!

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    I am not a haggler.  I have always paid the ticket price and asked no questions.  It is just not in me to haggle or negotiate. If that's the ticket price, then that's the price and you can take it or leave it.  Not so with my husband.  He isn't happy if he doesn't pay less than the sticker price.  He loves haggling and he has become quite an expert.

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    Jack of all trades, Master of none

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    As the New Year begins I challenge you to become a Master in the area of budgeting. If you are anything like me you tend to start the New Year with a bang committing to track every expense, save every receipt and only buy what you need. Typically, the momentum last for a few weeks and if I'm lucky it lasts for a few months.

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    Making Tracks: My Baby Steps to Saving

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    I will set up a spreadsheet for it and even add a column in my Christmas spreadsheet for it. But then I never fill it in. And then-now here's a shocker-I wonder where all my money goes.

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