6 Easy Ways to Refinance Student Debt

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Refinancing student loans is a smart way to lower your monthly payments. In some cases, a lower interest rate can result in a significantly lower monthly payment on a school loan. Consolidating multiple loans into a single debt as part of the refi can also make managing the monthly bills a lot easier. The trick […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2015

How to Use the Debt Avalanche with Variable Rate Loans

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In what order should you pay down your debts? For those working hard to get out of debt, it’s an important question. Often we focus on either the amount of our debt or the interest rates. But what if the interest rate on a loan can change, either because it’s a variable rate or perhaps a […]

Published or Updated: February 2, 2015

DR 135: How a Single Mom of Three is Achieving Financial Freedom–Interview with Christa Miller

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Imagine going to college while raising a young child. Imaging graduating from school with more than $200,000 in student loans. Imagine starting a new career as a single mom raising three children. Imagine tackling more than $15,000 in credit card debt. I give you Christa Miller. In today’s podcast she shares her story. We talk […]

Published or Updated: December 9, 2014

DR 087: How Natalie Graduated Debt-Free, Paid Cash for a Car, and Bought a Home (She’s Only 24!)

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You’ve probably heard a lot of stories recently about new graduates with mountains of student loan debt. It’s not uncommon to hear of students with $100,000+ in school loans. Today I wanted to share a success story with you that bucks this trend. This story is about a young woman who made different choices when […]

Published or Updated: July 13, 2014

DR 081: Take Control of Your Student Loans with Student Loan Hero (An Interview)

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Do you have student loans? Do you know someone who does? If you answered “yes,” then check out this interview with Andrew Josuweit, one of the founders of Student Loan Hero. It’s an excellent tool to help graduates organize their student debt, manage payments, and – hopefully – get out of debt faster. Topics Covered […]

Published or Updated: June 27, 2014

DR 066: How to Refinance Your Student Loans – Interview with Dan Macklin of SoFi

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We’ve been getting lots of reader questions recently on student loans – what to do with them, how to pay them off, and whether or not to consolidate them. Luckily, I was recently contacted by a relatively new company, SoFi. This company specializes in consolidating and refinancing student loans, and it could offer a great […]

Published or Updated: May 20, 2014

Keep on Keeping On When Paying Off Debt

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Have you been following our journey towards debt freedom so far? If not, catch my previous posts for January, February, and March. I worked up yet another depressing debt payoff chart today. It feels like we were spinning our wheels this month – getting nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that we’re doing […]

Published or Updated: May 7, 2014

DR 055: Beverly Harzog: How She Paid Off $20,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2 Years

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A great success story can be very motivating. And that’s exactly what Beverly Harzog brings us in today’s podcast. Beverly describes how she sunk into $20,000 of credit card debt, maxing out all seven of her cards. But her story doesn’t stop there. She then shares with us how she climbed out of the debt […]

Published or Updated: April 18, 2014

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2014