Resolutions 2016: Get the Financial Help You Need to Kick Your Debt in the Butt - Money Talks News

Resolutions 2016: Get the Financial Help You Need to Kick Your Debt in the Butt
Marilyn Lewis/Money Talks News

31 December 2015

All financial counselors are not created equal. Here’s how to avoid scoundrels and find people who will really help you conquer your debts. Perhaps you’ve decided this is the year when you are going to turn your debt picture around. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson suggests that to make good on that resolution, you may benefit from expert help.

Underwater on your Mortgage? This program could help - Detroit Free Press

Underwater on your mortgage? This program could help
Susan Tompor/Detroit Free Press

21 December 2015

What would stop someone from making a move and filling out forms to save an extra $100 or $200 a month on a mortgage payment? Especially if that person lived in a hard-hit housing market and could qualify for a limited refinancing deal that arose out of the housing collapse?

Game Plans for Avoiding Bad-Credit Stereotypes -

Game plans for avoiding bad-credit stereotypes
Dawn Papandrea/

16 December 2015

Even if you're not borrowing money, a less-than-stellar credit file can impact your personal and professional life. From where you live to where you work to who you date, your credit plays a role, and if you have bad credit, you need a game plan for dealing with the occasions when it comes up.

Surviving the Holidays - The San Fernando (CA) Valley Sun

Surviving the Holidays
Diana Martinez and Alex Garcia/San Fernando Valley (CA) Sun

25 November 2015

Ah, it’s that time of year again.

The traditional Thanksgiving — a celebration to “give thanks” surrounded by friends and family. It’s a time for reflection, to count your blessings with an overabundance of food that surrounds a stuffed turkey, the centerpiece of the very large meal.

Sobreviva las Festividades (Surviving the Holidays) - The San Fernando (CA) Valley Sun

Sobreviva las Festividades (Surviving the Holidays)
Por Alex Garcia/El Sol del Valle de San Fernando (The San Fernando (CA) Valley Sun

25 November 2015
(Editor's note: The story below is based on a recent news release on preparing for the holiday season, watching for sales, don't overspend or over-buy...)
Es ese tiempo del año – el tradicional Día de Acción de Gracias – una celebración para “Dar Gracias” rodeado de familiares y amigos. Es un momento para reflexionar y contar nuestras bendiciones con una abundancia de comida alrededor de un pavo como parte central de un gran festín.

9 Thnkgs You Need To Know About Credit Counseling - SelfLender

9 Things You Need to Know about Credit Counseling
John Eagen/

10 October 2015

Swimming in a sea of debt? Before you wind up with your head barely above water, you might want to reach for a life preserver. In a lot of cases, that life preserver is credit counseling. Seeking help from a nonprofit credit-counseling agency “can be a very smart move,” says credit expert Gerri Detweiler, author of “Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress.”

Cyber Monday popular, but be wary of impulse buying - Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

Cyber Monday popular, but be wary of impulse buying
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

30 November 2015

Cyber Monday — Nov. 30 — has surpassed the week prior to Christmas and the week prior to Thanksgiving “to take the No. 2 position for most popular days for holiday shopping,” a survey says. “When looking at the way consumers research and spend this holiday season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are nearing parity in terms of consumer participation.

5 Warning Signs You May Be on A Compulsive Shopping Binge - Detroit Free Press

5 warning signs you may be on a compulsive shopping binge
Susan Tompor/Detroit Free Press

19 November 2015

You don't need to have a "shopping addiction" to overspend during the "All-I-Want-for-Christmas-Is-More" season. The buy more-save more triggers are everywhere. But if you want to hold on to some cash, it can help to consider if you're about to get trapped into a compulsive shopping binge.

The Truth and Lies About Debt Consolidation - WQAD-TV (Moline, IL)

The Truth and Lies About Debt Consolidation
WQAD-TV (Moline, Illinois)

17 November 2015

Whether it's credit cards, medical bills, or financial problems after a divorce, debt is a real problem for American households. The average U.S. household carries $16,000 in credit card debt. Those ads from debt consolidation companies make it sound easy to eliminate your debt and get back in good financial health. But the reality is, without doing your homework, they could actually get you in even more money trouble.

Putting Christmas on Credit Could Cost You - WSMH-TV/FOX - Flint/Saginaw, MI

Putting Christmas on Credit Could Cost You
Jennifer Profitt/WSMH-TV

10 November 2015

Your credit card’s interest plan might sound like a money-saver: 0 percent interest seems like a great deal. However, sometimes, that deal isn’t so sweet, and you could be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more than expected.