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5 Extreme Ways People Paid Off Their Credit Card Debts

We all know the usual ways people try to save or generate more money to pay off their debts -- but some people go to extremes to escape those IOUs. We asked credit counselors across the country to share some of the more dramatic approaches their clients have used to get out of debt.

Shedding $120,000 in Credit Card Debt Saved Her Life

When Franny Bostick thinks back on where she and her husband Jim were six years ago, with more than $120,000 in debt on 13 credit cards, she shudders. They not only faced financial ruin, but she also was on her way to a potentially catastrophic health crisis. But they turned it around. Here's how.

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.

11 Personal Finance Equations Everyone Needs to Know

Math class may have seemed pointless back in the day, but it turns out all those equations are quite useful when it comes to solving money problems. We've rounded up 11 equations that you could be using every day to get your finances on track, and keep them there.

How I Paid Off $27,000 in Credit Card Debt in Two Years

Getting your finances under control on a tight budget is hard, But as Dana Burgess shows, it can be done. Here's how she racked up $63,000 in credit card debt, how she's digging her way out, and how she learned to enjoy living on less.

Debt Confessions of a Former Priest

When he left the priesthood in 2001, he was deep in credit card debt. He dug himself out eventually, but looking back he marvels at how easy it was to get into such a desperate situation.

A 4-Step Plan to Start Climbing Out of Debt Today

It can happen months, or years after getting your first credit card. One day you look at the bill, and even the minimum payment is almost out of reach. Years of purchases spell out what seems to be a lifetime of repayments and a small fortune in interest. Don't despair. You can climb out, step by step. Here's how.

3 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Finances After a Debt Storm

When you get deep into credit card debt, it can feel like you've been through a financial storm. That's the story for a social worker named Heather, who has $30,000 in credit card debt. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley looks at key steps to clear the debris from her path to a brighter financial future.

This Family Needs a Post-Unemployment Debt Reduction Plan

After a long spell in which one or both spouses were unemployed, a couple with three kids finds themselves $50,000 in debt. Now, with wife and husband back at work, they're aiming to get all their financial pins in a row and bowl a strike. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley offers a strategy for success.

Paying Off Our Plastic Is Killing the Economy

Here's the good news: American consumers are finally starting to reduce their reliance on credit and pay off their high-interest debt -- a positive development for their financial futures. The bad news: More money in people's pockets means less overall spending in the economy, which desperately needs the cash right now. How might the tension be resolved?

It's Time for a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

On New Year's Day, you had plans -- promises to get your finances in order in 2011. Today, check your financial pulse: Where do all those good intentions stand? Ask yourself tough questions then take action. The experts tell you where to begin.

Consumer Credit Use Falls for Fifth Straight Month

Consumer credit use fell another $1.3 billion in June, the Federal Reserve said, as Americans once again kept their credit cards in their wallets. But the belt tightening was less than expected: Economists had predicted credit would contract by $5 billion.