Debt Repayment Methods: Snowball vs. Avalanche

Debt Repayment Methods: Snowball vs. Avalanche

One of the hardest parts about paying off multiple debts is knowing where to start. It can be easy to become overwhelmed and settle with minimum payments across the board, but this leads to being in debt longer and racking up interest and fees. Reprioritizing your debts and pursuing a repayment strategy can help increase your long-term savings and motivation. Two of the most common debt repayment methods are the snowball method and the avalanche method. Although they’re similar in many ways, they can lead to very different results – which one is best for you?

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Talking to Your Partner About Money and Debt

Talking to Your Partner About Money and Debt

Whether you’re just starting a new romantic relationship, are considering tying the knot or have been married for years, you’ve likely discovered conversation topics that you would prefer to avoid. Money and debt are often at the top of our personal “do not discuss” list, which can lead to major problems down the road. In a recent study of divorced individuals, 36.1% of them reported that financial problems were a big contributing factor to their divorce

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Does Debt Relief Hurt Your Credit?

Let’s say you’ve decided that debt relief is the right choice to help you pay off your debt. As you learn more about the debt relief process, you start wondering how it could affect your credit score. If it could leave a negative impact, should you still use a debt relief service? Here’s what you need to know about debt relief’s effect on your credit score, plus some tips on improving your score in the long run.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score When Consolidating Debt

5 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score When Consolidating Debt

Updated July 2020

If you are considering debt consolidation or have already begun the process you might be concerned about what it could do to your credit score. It is common for credit scores to decline after consolidation, at least in the beginning. Fortunately, the effects are usually temporary and repairing your score is easier than you might think. 

Once you have paid down your debts, reduced your spending and made a reliable budget, you can adopt good habits that will help you repair your credit. 

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