5 families, 5 financial fixes

All survived the stock market's trial by fire, yet fears of getting burned again linger. By taking a few smart steps, they can reach their goals with ease.

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Scared to look at the portfolio
Kris and Steve Blake, with their daughter Kelly.
In 2006, Kris and Steve Blake were struggling under the weight of the $65,000 in debt. Then, inspired by anti-debt guru Dave Ramsey, they repaid that debt in three years.

Despite their cleaned-up balance sheet, the Blakes are at a loss when it comes to the logical next step: investing for the future.

Their dream is to leave work by 62 and build a home on 10 acres they own in northern Florida. They have a quarter of a million saved, but Kris is afraid to touch the portfolio for fear of messing it up.

What should they do to meet their goals?



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Last updated January 02 2011: 8:47 PM ET
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