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

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

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

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

Financial Decisions are About More Than Math

When it come to financial decisions, you can learn a lot from both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. What they teach us – together – is that when it comes to financial decisions, you need to go beyond the math. So much of finance involves math, and we certainly don’t shy away from that here. […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014

DR 048: How to Deal with Your Debt–An Interview with Author Liz Weston

The four letter word of personal finance is debt.  Most of us have it; none of us wants it.  I’ve written a lot about how to get out of debt.  Today I’m excited to have Liz Weston, author of Deal With Your Debt, on the podcast. We cover a lot of questions about debt, credit, […]

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Published or Updated: January 26, 2015

Quick Tip: How to Use Excel to Calculate the Monthly Payments on a Loan

Most of us probably forget much of the math we learned in high school or college. There are times, however, when a little math can help us with our finances. One such time is when we need to calculate the monthly payment on a loan Whether we are considering a car loan, student loan, or […]

Published or Updated: March 19, 2014

How to Deal with Setbacks When Climbing Out of Debt

Confession: I dreaded writing this post today. It’s just a little depressing. See, at the end of February, Ben became unemployed. It was a decision we didn’t take lightly, and we do feel like we made the right choice. (I won’t go into all the reasons. Suffice it to say that we had sufficient reasons […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2014

Our 2014 Debt Journey: Getting the Snowball Rolling

If you’re joining me (and my family) for our journey towards debt freedom in 2014, here’s our update: The Update It’s pretty depressing, actually. Our total debt has actually gone up slightly, rather than going down. Here are the reasons: New Credit Card Charges: I had to make a couple of essential business purchases on a […]

Published or Updated: February 6, 2014

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