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I’ve paid off more than $8,000 of credit card debt so far, and I couldn’t have done it without a free tool anyone can use

To track my debt-payoff progress, I used Google Spreadsheets, which I love because it's simple, shareable, and keeps me accountable to my goals.
Personal bankruptcies are largely driven by unexpected causes.

Staggering medical bills are the biggest driver of personal bankruptcies in the US. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about ...

What causes personal bankruptcy? Typically, unexpected changes in circumstances. Here's what you should know if it happens to you.

Federal debt is projected to jump to a record 144% of GDP by 2049, CBO says

The federal debt is projected to jump to post-World War II levels this year and reach unprecedented levels over the next three decades.
A small habit change made a big impact. The author is not pictured.

I’ve paid off over $8,000 of credit card debt thanks to a simple habit change I didn’t realize I needed to make

She didn't realize that paying only the monthly minimum payment wasn't enough, and her credit card debt continued to grow.
The couple is not pictured.

A couple who paid off $133,000 in debt, including 16 student loans, swears by a stunningly simple trick to keep from overspending

During their debt payoff period, the couple implemented the zero-sum budgeting method and bought their everyday items with cash only.
Bachelorette and bachelor parties are the second-most expensive bridal-party relate purchase, according to a CompareCards survey.

A recent survey found that a third of wedding party members go into debt for their friends’ weddings

Being in a wedding party can cost a few thousand dollars and possibly the relationship with the bride, according to a CompareCards survey.

A college graduate with $30,000 in debt fled the US to avoid paying back his student loans

Chad Albright, 39, left the US for China in 2011, four years after graduating from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennslyvania.
Melanie Lockert.

I paid off $68,000 of student loan debt, and 2 easy side hustles made all the difference

She cut her spending as much as she could, but realized she needed to earn more if she was going to make a dent in her debt.

People are fleeing the US to keep from paying off their student loans

Some students are fleeing the US for countries such as India and Japan to keep from paying student loans.
Sisters Hailey, 13, and Hannah Hager, 11, with their lemonade stand.

2 students in North Carolina are trying to pay off their school district’s $41,000 lunch debt with a lemonade stand

Sisters Hailey, 13, and Hannah Hager, 11, have already raised more than $1,500 for the Davidson County Schools district.