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.
  • My Journey out of Debt

    Turn Your Senior Status into a Source of Savings

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    I have now come to realize that getting older should not be viewed as a negative. The biggest bonus for frugal seniors is an absolute onslaught of discounts for everything from groceries and clothing to travel and, especially, restaurants

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    Being Creative In An Ever-Changing Marketplace

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    This drive for success often masquerades itself as compulsive behavior but in the end it is this type of person who ends up earning millions of dollars or literally saving lives. Being creative in an ever-changing marketplace is solely up to you.

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    When Money is Tight

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    This is the trap that some people fall for. They wait for things to happen to them. In order to succeed in life, of course you have to be positive, be in tune with your environment, visualize a great outcome; but you also need to be realistic and WORK to achieve your goals.

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    Make Your Spending Count

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    That would have increased the cost of the weekend, but with careful spending we could make it work within the budget of the funds we had saved for the weekend.

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    Retired with Nowhere to go?

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    If a long vacation doesn't interest you, and neither does the idea of no vacation at all, and you're feeling bored and suffering from a mild case of "cabin fever," maybe a day trip would be just the thing to spark up your day.

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    Do You Remember When . . .

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    I had at least four or five credit cards, because I had excellent credit.I bought a car that was a little out of my price range, but I really wanted it.I had the best clothes, from the trendiest stores.I had it all, and I wasn't really paying for it.

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    Wine Club Discount Card

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    Enrolling in the wine club is essentially purchasing a discount card that is valid for 12 months from the time of purchase. Truth be told, we actually hadn't renewed it in a couple of years because I questioned whether it was worth it.

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    Maximize Your Money While in the Debt Management Plan

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    For those of us participating on CareOne debt relief plans our payments vary and so do our stories. Why we found ourselves on the CareOne website looking for help is likely varied as well. I have a few questions for you; they relate to you and what is going on in your life right now. Do you have children? Do you have a mortgage? Do you have a car payment? Do you have a job? Are you collecting unemployment? We already know how we got here and how we need to continue making payments until we complete our plans. Depending on your personal situation, sticking with your debt relief plan and making those payments may be easier or extremely challenging. If you have already seen my story, you know that each month I struggle to make my CareOne plan payment...
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    There is Not a CREATIVE Bone in My Body……..Or is There?

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    Well, I am no master of the needle, but I can pinpoint the best time to buy during a sale. My scissors are not for cutting cloth or snipping thread, but for clipping coupons. A finely sharpened pencil will not find paper for drawing or sketching, but for double-checking my budget and grocery list

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    Become the Best you can be!

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    In this stage of life, it is very important not to become stagnant and never try anything new. In my life, creativity counts! 

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    Looking Under A Rock

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    Some of them are just common sense but you might not have given them much thought before.

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    The Cost of Gas. Enough Said.

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    We are all talking about these rising gas prices, but no one knows what to do about it.

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    Changing your Financial'tude

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    Where is the happy medium here? How do we learn how to exist in moderation while at the same time enjoying our lives? Greed has become synonymous to success, to prosperity and to our status in life. How wrong is that?

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    Changing Jobs While Enrolled in the Debt Management Plan

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    While from a pay perspective this is a lateral move, from a "happiness" or "fulfillment" perspective, this is an excellent move for Vonnie and our family.

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    Little Steps to Help You Out of Debt

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    Getting out of debt is a process that takes little steps. The reason you're here is the first step, which is recognizing that your finances are getting out of control and that you need to do something about it

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    Cost of Living or Just Expensive Living?

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    Do you ever feel like no one considered increasing the percent of wage increase but forgot to mention that to the cost of living?!  Seriously.

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    Why I Love Budgets & Structure

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    Please allow me to admit up front that I am a nerd when it comes to some areas of my life. I am that person who pays strict attention to detail both professionally and personally. I must admit, this part of my personality is stronger than normal.

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    Supporting a Family in Crisis

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    The most important thing to do is simply be there for them; to be an ear to listen, a person to lean on, a shoulder to cry on. We had to be all of those, even as we mourned the loss of our friend.

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    Income Tax Refunds: What can they really be used for?

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    If you're unsure on what exactly you should do with your income tax refund, take these options into consideration.

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    Get It Together

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    When it comes to my finances, not so much. I don't know why that is. I don't know why I seem to almost rebel against making sure that everything associated with money in my life is about as organized as a junkyard.

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    CareOne Community Member Spotlight - Lauren

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    The CareOne Community Member Spotlight places the spotlight on CareOne customers you see posting in our Community forums and blogs. These CareOne customers are sharing their stories to help you understand our plans and also that everyone deserves a second chance.

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    Getting Organized and Ready for Summer!!!

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    For my family, summertime represents a major change in our finances. Vonnie is a preschool teacher and therefore gets the summer off from dealing with a classroom full of wonderful, imaginative, 3 to 5 year olds. It also means she takes the summer off from getting paid.

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    What I Have Learned From my Mistakes

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    It is a big thing for me personally to be able to say that I have learned from my mistakes. It took time, effort, and a lot of tears.

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    Is Money Your Master or Your Servant?

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    Money managed properly can be a useful tool, providing the freedom to pursue the important things in life, such as a close bond with family and friends, and perhaps even contributing to lower stress and financial strain.

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    I Got Medicare for My Birthday

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    Well, receiving the Medicare card was like turning 30 and 50 at the same time. What a downer!

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In addition to the blogs, be sure to check out the new CareOne Groups:

Starting Out

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.

Settling In

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.

Balancing It All

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.

The New Retirement

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.