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This Couple Paid Off $92,000 in Credit Card Debt in 5 Years

It was 2005, and Jerry Bailey and his wife, Sue, had rung up approximately $92,000 in charges on their 17 credit cards. But when the minister from Jackson, Mich., realized how deep a hole they had dug for their family, the couple chose a hard path -- working to pay off every cent.

Video: One Immigrant's Path to the American Dream

The death of the American Dream has been greatly exaggerated -- just ask Sofiya Cherni. Since she arrived in North Dakota from the Ukraine 14 years ago, the 28-year-old has earned a college degree, found a good job, and bought and then paid off her first home -- by working hard, spending wisely, and keeping a sharp eye on the numbers.

Heavy Student Loans Put a Damper on Family Life

It's a sad truth: Debt forces people into choices they'd rather not make. A survey conducted by Sallie Mae subsidiary Nellie Mae found that 21% of student borrowers had delayed having children because of their loans, and 14% delayed getting married because of their student debt loads.