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.
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    Life Interrupted

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    With one phone call, my drive through life had taken a turn onto one of those infrequently traveled minimum maintenance gravel roads. 

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    In Debt...and Ready to Party!

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    We used to invite our friends and neighbors over for parties.  BBQ ribs, steak, shrimp, whatever we were in the mood for.  No need to bring anything, we'd tell them, we've got it handled, just come over and have a good time.

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    Running the DMP Marathon

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    I've completed two marathons in my life. Training for a marathon takes dedication, self-discipline, and time. In many ways, getting out of debt by enrolling in a Debt Management Plan is a lot like training for a marathon. 

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    Can Your 7 Year Old Plan Their Own Birthday?

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    Raise your hand if you've ever overspent on your child's birthday party. My hand is up - guilty as charged. With movie theatres, bowling alleys, and theme restaurants all offering convenient birthday packages it's easy to overspend. The only planning required is a phone call; the only actions needed are to show up, and swipe the card. Last year, for my daughter's 7 th birthday party we brought a group of 10 girls to a kids salon for a few hours of hair coloring, nail painting, dress up, and pizza. Then, off to the movie theatre for more fun. I don't even want to talk about the time we treated my son's entire school class, plus additional friends (over 30 boys in all) to a bowling party and pizza. My wallet is still smarting...
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    Planning Our Budget Friendly Family Vacation

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    My wife and I have discussed the various ways to bring down the cost of the trip as much as possible, while still having a great time. 

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    Gimmie A (Spring) Break!

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    My wife and I are planning a trip to Florida in April with the kids.  For the last few months, we've been running numbers, having budget discussions, handling unforeseen car repair expenses, running more numbers, having budget discussions....well, you get the idea.

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    How I Began My Journey Out of Debt

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    We hear "experts" clamor daily about the importance of communication.  Communication with your children, employer, and spouse are all very important for various reasons.  I had always viewed myself as a great communicator.  I tell my family I love them every day, I call my parents several times a week, and I'm not afraid to talk about my feelings.  However, the day my wife asked me to add up our credit card debt, because she wanted to know the total, I realized that there was a major hole in my communication resume. 

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    Tax Season-It All Add's Up!

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    If you're enrolled in CareOne's Debt Management Plan like me, you keep a watchful eye on the progress tracker to see how much your debt has decreased, and how much time you have left on the plan.  Like me, you may also fantasize about the day when you become debt free, 4 years and 5 months from now, for me.

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