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Living a Debt-Free Lifestyle: An Expert Roundup

There are many paths you can take to achieve a debt-free lifestyle. The road you choose depends on your life circumstances, the amount of debt you have, and what you are willing to do to achieve your goal. Debt.com spoke to dozens of debt experts and asked them about their approach to becoming debt free. Check out their advice and their websites to help on your journey toward financial independence. oXYGen Financial Don’t succumb to lifestyle inflation. The absolute key is to make sure you save one-third of every raise you get, and you’ll avoid having long term debt. My other main tip is to never have more than two credit cards. This leads to less temptation and lets you keep a closer eye on debt. –Ted Jenkin ...

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Do You Spend Too Much?

One of the trends I have noticed among family households is the notion of unconscious spending.  This can happen for both what we would consider fixed expenses (gas, electric, phone, cable), and also for discretionary expenses (dining out, vacation, household purchases). You are often very conscious about what you spend when you don’t have any money or at the stage when you have a low income. Your thought process often revolves around what your net pay is from your weekly or bi-weekly check, and wondering whether you are going to have enough money to cover the basics monthly bills.  You dream for the day when you make enough money so you can splurge to buy a few of the items you have always dreamed of having, or thinking about that vacation spot you have always wanted to visit. There becomes a point for many people that you begin to make enough money to cover your bills, and you have more ...

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