Using Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball method to pay off your credit cards.

Amid our current rosy good news of stock market surges and economic growth, there sits an extremely prickly thorn: high credit card debt. In fact, the levels of U.S. consumer credit cards and other personal debt have reached levels not seen since the debt parade stopped in 2008 with the U.S. financial collapse.

In fact, as of 2016, our collective consumer credit card debt climbed to $927.1 billion, ...

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21 Financial Red Flags (Part 2)

These days, so many people are struggling financially, failing to save, awash in debt and student loans, shut out from home ownership, and wondering how they’ll retire comfortably. So it’s more important than ever to identify the red flags in our financial picture, and then fix them.

In part one of this blog we covered the first 7 financial red flags to look for. Here are 7 more to identify in case you’re inadvertently sabotaging your finances, and most importantly, action ...

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What do Donald Trump, big-time gambling, and early odds for the 2020 election have in common?

A lot was riding on this past US presidential election. It wasn’t just the fate of the nation being decided; whether we’ll be led the next four years by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House. It wasn’t just policy, law, the economy, peace, or liberal vs. conservative doctrines teetering in the balance. In fact, there was a lot more riding on who came out a winner as POTUS in the early morning hours of Tuesday: money.

That’s because ...

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15 Things that WON’T affect your credit.

We spend a lot of time on this blog scrutinizing the factors and financial decisions that affect our credit scores, but we realize it’s important to educate consumers what WON’T hurt their credit scores. But as you go down this list, remember that there are different credit agencies and scoring models that treat things differently, and we always advocate paying all of your bills and debts on time. That being said, here are 15 things that WON’T hurt your credit ...

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Federal marshals are now arresting borrowers who aren’t paying their student loans.

Man in Texas is arrested by armed U.S. marshals and local police for not paying his student loans.

When Paul Aker walked out to the mailbox in front of his Texas home last week, two armed U.S. Marshals were waiting for him. They said they were there to arrest him, a complete surprise to Aker. Not knowing whom these armed men really were (and because this is Texas, after all) Aker went back inside his home “to get my ...

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Young Money; Why young people are struggling mightily with credit scores.

Do you remember when you first went to college or finished high school and entered the working world and got your first credit card? While you may have felt like an empowered, responsible adult and used it to charge some really important purchases, like CDs, new clothes at the mall, and a lot of late night pizza, chances are that you made a few mistakes with that card along the way, dinging your credit substantially.

Some things change, but some ...

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Is the U.S. facing a student loan revolution?

What would a revolution in the United States look like? You may envision something out of a movie with ordinary citizens fighting in the streets against an oppressive regime, but in fact, if there is a large-scale revolt starting – and it may just be – the battleground will probably be in the courts, not the streets. But it’s not an overthrow of our POTUS, equal representation for taxation, or state sovereignty that are the desired outcomes of this revolution. ...

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The Top-10 Blue Water Credit Blog Posts of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2016 with fresh hope, optimism, and lofty goals, eager to face the challenges it will hold. But before we turn off the lights on 2015, we wanted to recap the best blog posts of the year. Here are the top Blue Water Credit bog posts of 2015 as chosen by you. Thanks again for clicking, reading, sharing, and being a part of the Blue Water Credit family. We look ...

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Digging Deeper Into The Issue of Personal Debt

A new study digs deeper into the issues, problems, and root causes, of our personal debt.

How much do we owe, to whom, and why? Those are the questions a recent comprehensive financial survey by NerdWallet.com set out to answer, with some alarming results. NerdWallet, a financial website that relies heavily on data, analyzed the most recent (Q3 2015) statistics from the New York Federal Reserve, the U.S. Census Bureau, and others in the industry, as well as using a Harris ...

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