I’ve been seeing the bizarre ads on Hulu for FeedThePig.org and finally broke down and visited the site. It turns out that, “the goal of the campaign is to encourage the 40 million Americans age 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances.”

Considering how off-putting the commercials are, I’m concerned about their effectiveness. That said, they do have useful links to financial calculators on their Resources page. Especially helpful are the Roll-Down Your Credit Card Debt and Don’t Delay Your Savings tools.

Leo Babauta on getting out of debt:

I highly recommend that people get out of debt and stay out of debt, especially as the economy hits difficult times. It’s not a good position to be in if you lose your job while burdened with lots of debt. Better: become debt-free, with a good emergency fund and a small budget. That’s recession-proof personal finances.

He has more helpful and inspiring articles in the Finance & Family section of his site.

Warren Buffett:

A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.

[Via 37signals]

A Consumerist reader on how she payed off $14,300 in debt over a period of 20 months:

Instead of making a bunch of changes at once, I did things a little over time[…] It’s maybe not in the order that makes the most sense to a financial planner or in the order that someone else would do things; I just know that it worked for me.

Includes a summary of the first 6 months of her plan, much of which is what I plan to do. It’s always good to read success stories.