Deciding to enroll in a CareOne Debt Management Plan (DMP) can be a big step for some of our customers. Realizing the debt problem exists and taking action to correct it is the first step. Making the first payment and tracking your proposals are the next two very important steps!
Whether it's taking advantage of online coupons or cutting coupons from the Sunday newspapers, canceling magazine subscriptions, buying in bulk, growing your own fruits and vegetables, buying clothes at consignment or thrift stores, or conserving energy costs, there are still many more ways to stretch your dollar.
These tips may seem a bit corny and cliché, but they have really helped me to have a healthier financial life.
That trend is seemingly reversing now, and we want to get rid of the interest-only second mortgage and get everything locked into a fixed-rate loan. As my wife and I pulled into the bank parking lot, she asked me a very valid question: Can we even refinance while enrolled in a debt consolidation program?
Retiring? As a mom there are many things I do that I really never realized went with the job description. While I would not change it for the world, it is hard to imagine retiring one day! But retirement is something everyone needs to plan for, moms included. This blog will explore some retirement options.
This month's question reflects on changing your debit date and how it affects your DMP
Right now, I'm single and don't have any kids, so am looking at vacations, stay-cations, and much more for my summer plans.
You have now started your second month on the DMP. During the second month there are generally two groups of customers; those who made their first payment in the first month (A) and those who postponed their first payment to the second month (B). There are an additional small number of people who may call and change their payment to the third month and unfortunately usually do not fare well on their Plan. It is about the creditors receiving a payment, not just being “enrolled” in a program.
Discovering the open road in a camper van can be an epic holiday. But it's not always as cheap as it may seem. Here are 12 tips for planning a smooth - and budget friendly - camper van holiday.
Enrolling in a Debt Management Plan is a huge step for many struggling with debt. Many are skeptical at first and frequently ask these three questions after enrollment.
This month's question reflects on the harassing collection calls you may be receiving.
This month's question reflects on your CareOne payment.
This month's question reflects on why you can't use your credit cards while participating in a DMP.
When it comes to debt we all have our limits...even the federal government. Credit cards make it easy for us to spend more than we have, after all you can always pay it back, right?
The "minimalist vacation" will help you see your home more objectively; clarifying what you need, and clearing out the rest.
After three years of writing my money mom blog for Care One, it is time to start a new writing adventure. My reflections on balancing family and money are coming to an end. In this blog I will reflect on some lessons my kids have taught me about money, some learned the hard way!
If you are considering enrolling in a Debt Management Plan or have just enrolled you may be wondering what will happen with your credit cards.
This month's question reflects on how participating in a DMP affects your credit.
This month's question reflects on making additional payments
Our employees are sharing their stories about how they have struggled with debt.
I realize that many of my tips are common sense, but if it's not easy to incorporate into your day to day routine, you are less likely to be successful! My point here is to find easy (sneaky) ways to get you into the savings habit.
When you first join the program it is easy to get confused; the proposal process, making one payment to all of your creditors and the overall management of your program can be overwhelming. One question we get quite frequently is, "How do I remove a creditor?"
My 21- year-old mindset was that I wanted every bit of the money that I had earned. Why should I even bother thinking about retirement at such a young age? If only I had taken the time to understand what I could have accumulated if I started out saving for retirement at 21 instead of 30+.
One of the most important things you can do for your finances is understand how your money moves through your personal financial system.
In addition to the blogs, be sure to check out the new CareOne Groups:
Are you finally out on your own and figuring out how to balance your finances? If so, this is the group for you. In Starting Out, you can talk about the challenges you are dealing with in a group of like-minded people.
Do you feel like you are finally understanding what being a "grown-up" is all about and are settling into your adult life? If so, this is the group for you. In Settling In you can connect with others who are just like you.
Struggling to balance all that an established lifestyle has to offer? The balancing it all group is for you. Discuss the challenges you face when your responsibilities at work, at home and with family and friends all compete for your attention.
Are you currently retired or planning on retiring very soon? If so, this is the group for you. Times have changed and so has retirement. Learn how others are redefining retirement.