In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt using a combination of commitment, budgeting and smart financial choices. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Lydia Senn and her family wiped out $36,000 in debt in just over 2 years.   Frugal, Debt Free Life Who: Lydia Senn How much: $36,000 in two... More From NerdWallet Rent-to-Own Complaints Spur Federal Scrutiny 7 Tips for Paying Off Debt — From People Who Did It Should You Follow Jay-Z’s Financial ‘Blueprint’? Jeanne Lee is a writer at NerdWallet.

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  • What Are Sin Stocks?
    Sin stocks sound sexier than the reality — this is finance, after all. These stocks are shares of companies engaged in industries that some people consider unethical or immoral. The exact definition of a sin stock depends on the beholder, but alcohol, tobacco and gambling (sometimes called “gaming”) usually top the list. More
  • 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad
    Nothing quite screams “College!” more than a semester abroad. There are the cliché reasons to go: Learn new languages, connect with strangers, soak in the attractions, and, of course, indulge in the nightlife. Or maybe you just want to take your Instagram game to a whole new level — I won’t judge. More
  • SoFi vs. LendingClub: How They Compare for Personal Loans
    SoFi and LendingClub are two options for low-cost personal loans. Both offer loans for debt consolidation, home improvements and other purposes. For borrowers with excellent credit and strong income, we give SoFi the edge over LendingClub because it offers a lower range of rates plus no fees and more repayment flexibility. More
  • 5 Things Never to Say to Someone With Student Debt
    More than 42 million Americans face student loan debt. Although it’s not uncommon, it can still feel isolating — and frustrating. Even well-intentioned remarks from friends, colleagues or loved ones can come across as insensitive or downright offensive. If someone in your life is still struggling with student debt, here are five things they’ll hate... More
  • How She Closed the Books on MBA Debt in 3½ Years
    Erica Gellerman in London (Photo by Michelle Wildman Photography) Erica Gellerman knew that pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree would lead to debt, but she saw it as a worthy trade-off for a chance at a new, fulfilling career. However, even after graduating from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2012 and landing her dream... More
  • The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company
    She quit her teaching job ... Cherwitz took out her laptop and helped her apply for a new credit card. Michal had never been in debt before. Her parents were worried, but “I was so swept in by that point,” she says. “I wouldn’t listen to anything ...
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  • Is Britain loving the NHS to death?
    the paramedics and doctors who had treated me were far more than individuals to whom we owed a debt for their skill and professionalism. They stood as symbols of a system of universal free healthcare that has served Britons without caveat or credit card ...
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  • Modeled to win: Rally’s steady ascent to the European peloton
    Photo: Casey Gibson BRANDON MCNULTY WAS WITHIN SIGHT OF THE FINISH LINE WHEN HIS LEGS QUIT. It was the fourth stage of the ... “I had a hundred grand in debt on credit cards when I was trying to launch this thing,” Aaron says. Spend more than an ...
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  • The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy
    For those who made the mistake of being born to the wrong parents, our society offers a kind of virtual education system. It has places that look like colleges—but aren’t really. It has debt—and that ... earned income-tax credit, do actually go ...
    05/16/2018 - 3:12 am | View Link
  • How I Ditched Debt: Money Under 30
    a $15,000 auto loan and $40,000 on credit cards. Today, my only debt is a mortgage, with a balance of $350,000. Part of the reason I got into so much debt is because things got financially hard for my parents around the time I was going off to college.
    07/16/2017 - 3:00 am | View Link
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  • Opinion
    The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph.
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  • How We Paid Off Our House In 3.5 Years
    Love this post! We are knocking out my student loans as the last step in our debt snowball and then we will begin saving for a home. So encouraged by this post!
    06/17/2018 - 2:18 am | View Website
  • Candice-Marie Fox claims she cured herself of thyroid ...
    Candice-Marie Fox, 31, from Houghton Regis, Hertfordshire, turned to healthy living after learning she had thyroid cancer three years ago. She ditched her husband and took up yoga and juicing.
    06/17/2018 - 1:42 am | View Website
  • Gates of Vienna
    After being taken down twice by Blogger within a single week, we got the message: It’s Time To Go. Gates of Vienna has moved to a new address:
    06/14/2018 - 11:14 pm | View Website
  • Introduce Yourself
    FEEL FREE TO READ IN THIS TOPIC, You will find the introductions of many other parents here with whom you can relate. BUT this thread has gotten very long and unwieldy.
    06/14/2018 - 4:26 pm | View Website
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