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What's the average credit card debt? Take your pick
Depending on how the average is measured and who's doing the measuring, Americans are either doing pretty well when it comes to managing our credit cards, or horribly. More...
4 signs your teen isn't ready for plastic
Getting your teen behind the wheel of a car was scary enough, so do you think your kid is ready to handle the responsibility of a credit card? More...
Typical American expects to be debt-free by 53
Americans are optimistic about achieving a clean slate before retirement, but 1 in 10 expects to never be independent of debt, says CreditCards.com poll. More...
Author finds unique way to avoid college debt
Yes, you can graduate from Duke University without going into debt -- if you're willing to live in a van. Without air conditioning. And with mice. More...
Expert advice

Keep your credit score high in retirement
'Let's Talk Credit' expert Jane E. McNamara
As retirement hits, it's time to review your collection of credit cards to make sure they're still working for you, and to keep debt low.
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Is daughter liable for debt on Mom's cards?
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
Mom boosted her daughter's credit by adding her on some credit cards, but then Mom passed away. Who now pays the debts? More...
Why not leave country, bail on student loans?
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
Yes, you can leave your debts behind -- and your family and friends, too. But there are repayment options you can explore instead.
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Blogs and infographics

Pre-pregnancy tests can strain a family budget
Our blogger is just one of many women struggling to make sense of pre-pregnancy testing costs, hospital bills and the high price of care. More...
How does your card debt stack up?
Depending on where you look, almost anyone can find a number that makes them happy. More...
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