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AARPMoney Twitter Chat Wrap: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Posted on 01/10/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Tara Finnegan Coates, editor for money and work content on AARP.org. Thanks to everyone who had a chance to participate in our twitter chat Tuesday with AARP money expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox  (@themoneycoach).  Lynnette is currently hosting  the AARP Pay Down Your Debt Challenge through Jan. 29 on AARP.org. In case you missed it, here’s some of the highlights from the chat. Americans racked up $20B on credit cards in November. Total debt (housing included) …

Making a Fresh Financial Start in 2012

Posted on 01/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, host of the AARP Pay Down Your Debt Challenge, which is taking place on AARP.org through Jan. 29. Learn how to get started paying down your debt, join the Pay Down Your Debt group, and you could have a chance to win a prize. Lynnette will have a Twitter chat on @AARPMoney. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 3-4 pm EST. Ask her questions and follow via #debtchat. Happy 2012! I always love the start of a New Year. …

Take the Pay Down Your Debt Challenge

Posted on 01/2/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Tara Finnegan Coates, editor for money and work content on AARP.org. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I’m not against setting goals, but I struggle sticking with them if I don’t see results right away. I lose patience with an exercise routine or diet if I don’t see any results within a week. My clothes either need to fit better or the scale needs to be nicer. A week probably isn’t long enough, …

Tips & Tough Love for Tough Times from the Money Coach

Posted on 09/22/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsPersonal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox, a.k.a. The Money Coach, says living within your means is the best thing you can do to be financially secure. But if it’s so simple, why is it so hard? For one thing, the economy isn’t helping. Downsizing–the first of what Khalfani-Cox calls names as the 5 Ds–is all too common these days…especially if you’re over 50. Divorce, Disease, Disability and Death of a breadwinner also can be devastating. Some things are out of our control, …

Debt: This Time, It’s Personal

Posted on 07/27/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe national debt ceiling deadline continues to dominate headlines as August 2 nears, but a recent Associated Press-GfK poll highlights debt stress of a different kind. It revealed that more than half of Americans have money worries about what they owe to creditors. Anyone else notice that debt is a four-letter word? Debt causes worry and anxiety. Debt can lead to arguments with your other half. Debt can cause relationship and family stress. If you’re single, you generally have no one but yourself to …

Join AARP’s 30-Day Pay Down Your Debt Challenge

Posted on 07/18/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsHave credit card bills? Personal loans? Other forms of debt? Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Personal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox says paying down debt is especially important when you’re 50 or above and starting to plan for retirement – and more so if you’re retired and living on a limited income. Of course, some debt is unavoidable…especially if you’ve been hit hard by the recession and if you’re dealing with health issues, job loss, or underemployment. And prices of …