More than 30% of people in the U.S. are dealing with some sort of debt, and yet most are unaware about credit relief and negotiation. For some, this means a poor credit score, which can affect being approved for loans or result in higher interest payments.

There are solutions, luckily, that allow leeway in our finances. One such option is Lexington Law, a leader in credit repair that offers customers a solution to a poor credit score. The company facilitates a seamless process with debt collectors to ensure you're charged fairly and accurately. The process matches you with attorneys and paralegals who will review your credit reports and send the appropriate correspondence to your creditors. Up to 70% of people will see an improved credit score after working with Lexington Law — a huge and impactful number considering the alternative, bankruptcy.

Ahead, five people with various backgrounds discuss how Lexington Law helped relieve their financial difficulties.

  1. Paul, 55 — "I'm a working father who's always been financially responsible for my family. But later in life, things caught up to me — car payments, mortgage, kids' college funds — and my credit score was really affected. Though I was able to get it under control in a timely manner, my credit report still contained old line items that were no longer valid. Lexington Law was the only reasonable way to get rid of these items still on my credit report without having to personally haggle with creditors on the phone every single day."
  2. Amy, 35 — "Last year, I became a first-time homeowner, which simply wouldn't have been possible without the help of Lexington Law. The credit repair company helped me create a better credit profile so that I could apply for the mortgage loan I wanted and that was right for my family. The process was simple and the lawyers professional to ensure I got what I needed in a timely manner."
  3. Christine, 40 — "My husband and I recently divorced, and aside from it being an emotional rollercoaster, it turned out to be even more trying financially. I began seeing negative marks on my credit report — not from my own charges, but from my husband's linked accounts. Before it got even worse and led to bankruptcy, I contacted Lexington Law for assistance. The lawyers were the only reliable way to communicate issues with my husband's creditors and fix my report without being connected to his finances once and for all."
  4. Anthony, 24 — "I never thought I'd be dealing with a bad credit score so early in life, but student loans quickly caught up to me in the two years after graduating. Luckily, Lexington Law offered me solutions to dealing with high monthly payments. For me, loan consolidation was best, which lowered interest rates and is ultimately leading me down a path of paying off my loans faster."
  5. Cindy, 45 — "Friends and family have always mentioned using credit repair services to fix bad credit report, but I never knew how to actually make it happen. Working with Lexington Law felt like a seamless process — from the moment of my first discussion with a paralegal all the way up to the follow-up discussions. And since I normally don't know how to handle things like this, I felt confident enough to put my trust in the company to dissect my credit report and figure out the best course of action for credit repair."

Allow Lexington Law to put your mind at ease and help you get your credit score back to where it should be. The process is simple and effective, letting you take back control of your finances and focus on what really matters.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.