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Debt Reduction

Where Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Fails

by Luke Landes
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I’ve written extensively about how Dave Ramsey’s “Debt Snowball” does a disservice to families and individuals struggling to get out of debt. By acquiescing to the emotions of money, those who most need to separate emotions from their financial decisions don’t. Not everyone who is in debt are in that position due to emotionally-driven decision […]

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Debt Reduction Methods and Philosophies: Snowball, Avalanche and More

by Luke Landes
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When someone who has accumulated debt across a number of credit cards embarks on the journey to rid himself or herself of this debt, and when that person is generating enough monthly income to cover all expenses and the minimum payments due on all cards with additional funds left over, there are two main philosophies […]

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Should the Government Ban Banks’ Payday Loans?

by Luke Landes
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When we think of predatory lending practices, the first thought that often comes to mind is the payday loan industry, catering to people barely, if at all, living paycheck to paycheck. Payday loans service communities with an aversion or without a need for or trust of the mainstream financial industry. Offering short-term loans designed to […]

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Credit Card Debt Consolidation

by Luke Landes
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According to the Federal Reserve’s research published last week, overall American credit card debt increased at an annual rate of 7.5 percent during the final quarter of last year. This could mean that consumers are feeling more confident about the economy and are willing to take the risk that they will have money in the future […]

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Debt Collections: Do You Have To Pay?

by Luke Landes
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People who borrow money generally understand that they will eventually need to pay borrowed money back to the lender. This understanding, whether codified in a contract or not in any particular case, makes lending and borrowing money work as an economic mechanism. It’s interesting that regardless of what’s written in a contract, most debt can […]

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Good Debt and Bad Debt

by Luke Landes
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Misuse of credit can destroy a family’s financial life. A household can crumble under the weight of debt, whether it has increased from a poor house-purchasing decision, a drastic change in the real estate market, a shopping addiction, an unexpected medical bill, or the lack of preparedness for an emergency. It’s no surprise people consider […]

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Under-reporting Personal Household Debt

by Luke Landes

If you want to know how much credit card debt Americans have, don’t ask the borrowers. For years, economists have sought debt data from both borrowers and lenders for credit card debt and four other debt categories. Borrowers report their debt balances by responding to household surveys, like the Survey of Consumer Finances. Lenders report […]

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Smithee Update: Six Months in San Diego

by Smithee

This article is by Consumerism Commentary staff writer Smithee, who is juggling about a dozen clients and creative projects as a freelancer. It’s been a year since I was laid off and decided to become a full-time freelancer, and it’s been six months since my wife and I made a risky decision to move the […]

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Should You Stop Saving and Investing When Paying Off Debt?

by Luke Landes

The concept of multitasking, for a person, is a myth. When someone says they are multitasking, they are quick task shifting. We can move our attention quickly from one task to the next, and shift back again, but it’s practically impossible to focus on two different things at the same time. To excel at anything […]

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The Debt Snowball

by Luke Landes
Debt Snowball

The “Debt Snowball” is one of the most popular methods for approaching a variety of debts, with the intention of paying them off. The process has existed for as long as debt has been around, but the method has been commoditized, packaged, and popularized by a variety of personal finance experts, gurus, and speakers. Dave […]

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