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After the campaign: paying off debt

The final days before the November 6 vote on same-sex marriage saw a crazy amount of spending from political-action committees on both sides of the question, which has led both PACs to seek post-election contributions to pay off lingering debt.
Money Talks
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012

Give the gift of telling debt it’s busted

While you're out spending your hard-earned dollars on gifts for yourself and others at holiday and year-end sales, remember that money has to come from somewhere.
Break down the shakedown
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012

The price you pay

Debt is a fundamental part of American life. Car payments. Mortgages. Partially unpaid bills from irate Colombian hookers.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2012

Magic money

It's fun to pretend there are supernatural solutions to our problems.
Clean Elections
By AL DIAMON  |  April 06, 2012

Taking on payday loans

State Representative Frank Ferri, owner of a Johnston bowling alley, has seen how the short-term, high-interest loans available at neighborhood payday loan shops can leave customers on a debt treadmill.
Commerce Dept.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  February 10, 2012

Local heroes of 2011

In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Simon Moore and Linda Katz


Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011

Money camp for kids

The scene: Monday morning, 9 a.m. sharp, eight boys and two girls gathered around a conference table.
How Now, Mr. Dow?
By CAROLINE KNAPP  |  July 31, 2010

Budgeting your time

There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009