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Top Ten People Who Can Help You Get Out of Debt

[Jul 17, 2009.]


Plenty of people want to help you get out of debt, and at least ten of them are household names. Here’s a rundown of the kind of advice you’ll hear from some of America’s top television, radio, and online personalities.

1. Oprah Winfrey
Of course Oprah wants to help you get out of debt, since that’s a big part of the “live your best life” mantra she’s chanted for the past few years. Oprah’s debt reduction regimen focuses on identifying the causes of debt and going on a “debt diet.” Of course, Oprah relies heavily on her friends, including...

2. Suze Orman
Suze’s been writing books about our relationship with money for the past few decades. Known for her brash attitude, her bright jackets, and her sharp advice, Suze wants you to build an eight month emergency fund before trying to tackle credit cards or other household debts.

3. The Guys from the Motley Fool
David and Tom Gardner launched The Motley Fool as an AOL discussion board about money over fifteen years ago. While they’re known more as avid investors, their free website offers plenty of tips on erasing credit card debt so you can start saving more money.

4. Dave Ramsey
The biggest proponent of the “snowball method” of debt relief, Dave Ramsey celebrates callers to his radio and television shows who perform live, on-air “cardectomies.” He’s entertaining and empowering, tying financial health to strong faith and values.

5. Ric Edelman
Dave and Suzy may disagree with Ric on the fastest way to get out of debt, but this east coast financial planner with a history of writing informative books likes to focus on simple strategies that anyone can use.

6. Clark Howard
Clark’s built a reputation for being one of the cheapest guys in the South. His no-nonsense advice provides the foundation for his daily radio show and his weekly television series. Clark exposes debt relief scams on a regular basis, while helping listeners learn how to squeeze more out of every penny.

7. Jean Chatzky
Well known from her appearances as NBC’s money expert on the Today Show and on NBC Nightly News, Jean’s books and columns focus on advice that helps Americans react to shifting economic times. Her advice to get out of debt includes the “debt diet” she featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and on getting a clear financial organization strategy in place within your household.

8. David Bach
Another frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Bach’s bestselling personal finance books offer new insight for Americans who want to think differently about debt relief, home ownership, and retirement planning.

9. Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
Lynnette coaches her readers and clients to achieve “zero debt,” so they can enjoy more engaging lifestyles instead of making interest payments. Financial freedom includes paying off student loans quickly, as well as leveraging incentives for home ownership.

10. You!
Nobody’s going to be better at helping you get out of debt than yourself. You’re the one who’s going to seek the best debt relief advice and look for the right debt consolidation loans. Remember that it took you some time to get into debt, so it will take some time for you to learn how to get out of debt.


About Author:

Joe Taylor Jr. is an internal business consultant for a Fortune 500 company, who writes about finance, culture, and design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ithaca College.

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