Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Debt busters!

Collecting cans and loose change, launching a get-out-of-debt fundraiser and taking on four part-time jobs are some of the creative strategies these six people have used to tackle their debt.

Scours streets for loose change

Scours streets for loose change
  • Name: Marcia Noyes
  • Age: 52
  • Hometown: Golden, Colo.

The major debt I have is from putting my three kids in college [$100,000], but the two debts I'm working [to pay back] first are the tummy tuck surgery that I got, which I still owe $5,200 on, and I'm trying to pay off the $4,911 I owe on my Smart car by November.

I typically like to attack one debt at a time, so I'm trying to pay my car off first.

Most people would think it would be very minor, but I pick up change when I run -- and I'm a marathon runner so I run a lot. I also pick up change when I'm on my scooter. I put the money in a Ziploc bag and bring it over to my credit union to pay back the car loan.

I [also] take one of those things that people use to reach higher in a cabinet and I grab cans while I'm on my scooter. I probably collect $10 a month on average [from recycling cans and picking up loose change], but it can be a lot more.

My Vespa saves me money, too. I got a registration tag for $5 that lasts three years, when registration had cost $900 for the first year on a car [which I bought in 2011]. Gas doesn't cost me more than $4 a week, and I can park it for free.

So far, Marcia has paid off close to $2,000 on her car loan, and $1,000 in medical bills for her surgery this year.

- Last updated August 01 2012 10:37 AM ET

Find Homes For Sale

Sponsored Lending News