Budgeting When Broke: Ditching Debt & Investing for the Future

The panel included Rod Griffin: Senior Director, Consumer Education and Advocacy, Experian; Christina Roman: Consumer Education and Advocacy Manager at Experian; Forbes Advisor; Beverly HarzogCredit Card Expert and Consumer Finance Analyst for U.S. News; Paulina Likos: Investing Reporter at U.S. News; KeyBank; Alicia R. Hudnett Reiss: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™; Todd Christensen: Education Manager at Money Fit by DRS; Alexandria White: Credit Cards Reporter at CNBC Select; Emily Pandise: Producer, Business/Tech/Media Unit, NBC News; Sara Rathner: Credit Card and Travel Expert, NerdWallet; Molly Ford-Coates: Founder, Ford Financial Management; Patrina Dixon: Certified Financial Educator; Take Charge America; Bob Haegele: Personal Finance Writer & Blogger; Leslie H. Tayne, Esq: Founder and Managing Director of Tayne Law Group, P.C. (f/k/a The Law Offices of Leslie H. Tayne, P.C.); Emily Pandise: Producer, Business/Tech/Media Unit, NBC News; and Ryan Luke: Personal Finance Blogger.

Questions We Discussed:

Q1: What are some steps to getting out of debt?
Q2: How do you create a budget when money is tight?
Q3: What are some tips for those who may be struggling with separating needs versus wants?
Q4: Are there resources or services you can use to help you get out of debt?
Q5: How do you decide which debt repayment strategy is right for you?
Q6: What should you do when you are behind on your bills or payments?
Q7: What are some things to do when you’re struggling to make ends meet?
Q8: How do you build an emergency fund on a tight budget?
Q9: What are some easy ways to start investing with little money?
Q10: Any last-minute tips on getting out of debt when you’re broke?

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