Big-ticket items have been relegated to the back burner for now. The reduce-your-debt environment continues -- just ask the major home-improvement contractors who have taken on more and more jobs. Consumers clearly are pulling in the financial reins. One of the reasons Congress has passed a stimulus package is to get Americans to loosen their grip, spend more cash and begin to turn the economy around. I've always been a pay-it-off kind of guy when it comes to home loans. I believe there are huge benefits -- financial and philosophical -- to owning the roof over your head. When that roof now covers your office, as it does for millions of small-business owners across the country, isn't there an extra incentive to make a bigger dent in the domestic debt load as we get older? No...
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