What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt?

There are a couple of ways to get out of debt and back on track with your finances. Let’s walk through some straightforward steps together! Start with Budgeting Basics To start with, make a budget. Total up all your monthly take home pay. Next, start to subtract all of your expenses. You will want to…

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Can I trade in my new truck for a cheaper car?

I have a truck that I just bought for $35,000. It’s now worth about $31,000. Can I trade my truck in for a $20,000 car? What happens with my negative equity on the truck and my sedan that I just paid for with the trade–in value? Submitted by Jae E. It’s common to buy a…

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Tips for Managing Your Debt in Case of a Recession

It is important to consider any financial goal, including eliminating debt, in the context of your overall financial well-being. What are your priorities? What is your financial picture now and in the future? With a recession comes more uncertainty. What you choose to do will depend on your circumstances. Generally, the foundation for financial health…

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Should I defer payments on my bills?

The pros and cons of deferring payments during the COVID-19 crisis As you look for help to make ends meet, you may be looking at the increasing amount of creditors offering the ability to delay payments. It’s great companies are taking quick action to help with the financial impact of COVID-19. But proceed with caution…

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How the CARES Act Impacts Your Student Loans

Times are uncertain right now. Budgets are tightening and people are losing work. On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Now people are trying to understand how the CARES Act will affect their lives. If you have student loans, you may wonder how the CARES Act…

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How to Have Your Student Loans Forgiven

Student loan debt is very common. If you have student loans, your payments may impact how you live your life in significant ways. So as you work to pay off your student loans, it’s important to understand the options that exist for student loan forgiveness. Here are three student loan forgiveness programs you should be…

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Do I Qualify for Perkins Loan Cancellation?

Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Teacher Loan Forgiveness apply to federal student loans that you’ve borrowed, but not to any Perkins Loans. The Perkins Loan program was discontinued in 2017, but you might still be eligible for loan cancellation programs if you have Perkins Loans. Perkins Loan Cancellation through Teaching To have your Perkins Loans…

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Do I Qualify for Teacher Loan Forgiveness?

If you are a teacher or work for an educational service and also have federal student loans, you may qualify for Teacher Loan Forgiveness. Requirements for Teacher Loan Forgiveness Eligibility To qualify for Teacher Loan Forgiveness, you must have direct loans or FFEL Program loans borrowed after Oct. 1, 1998. You also need to be…

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