Keeping up with the Jones is not a new trendy lifestyle. We like what we like but we also like what our friends like. Financial peer pressure is difficult when a friend persuades you to spend more than you have. It isn’t always shopping, but trips to movies, out to eat and to clubs that keep your wallet in a tail spin. We have to make the decision to spend more and too often utilize credit cards to keep social status. It’s hard to stay home when everyone you know … Continue reading →
By the time the average person reaches the age of 40, there have been significant milestones reached. Most are homeowners, have a career, married and had their children. At this point, they are definitely thinking about the future decades in life. To be more specific, personal finances. Emergency fund – If there isn’t one already set up, now is the time to make it happen. Without money set aside for unexpected costs, people turn to credit cards or worse yet, payday loans. Going into the second phase of your life … Continue reading →
How can you structure your personal finances in order to prevent any more debt build up? We live in the land of consumer freedom. We have everything at our fingertips and plenty of ways to make it happen; buy online, home-delivered goods, extended payment plans, immediate credit opportunities and fast cash loans. Each day brings new spending opportunities on top of what we had the day before. We live in a never ending spending opportunity world. Most of us got lost and forgot what it is like to go without. … Continue reading →
Credit cards will claim the demise of many household finances with long-term debt to plague family budgets. The cards are easy to use and difficult to manage. Some people give up using the cards in order to maintain a good budget. This action hurts their credit score in return. People need to learn how to use credit cards to their advantage without suffering from money loss or lowered credit scores. If they are so difficult to manage, why are credit cards good to have? 1. Revolving credit differs from installment … Continue reading →
If you see a “charge off” report on your credit history, your original creditor finally took your debt off of their books. What does this mean for your credit? Since the creditor reported the loss, your score will feel negative effects for the next seven years. Understand a “charge off” You had a credit card account that went unpaid. The creditor tried to collect but the debt went into default. What was once an asset to a creditor has now become a liability. Eventually, that creditor will ‘charge it off’ … Continue reading →
Secrecy is one of the biggest issues behind payday loan usury problems. Whether money troubles stem from overspending or neglect, a budget that demands any type of reliance on short-term loans will create problems. When secret use is involved, it is natural to hide negative results. Unfortunately, when it comes to money, secrets compound with monetary loss. With every payday loan, there are fees, budget stresses and a debt trap ready to catch someone’s fall. Overspending. Shopaholics, emotional spenders or those trying to keep up with the Jones next door … Continue reading →
Even though many households swim in credit card debt, unemployed spouses may once again obtain new lines of credit. In 2009, creditors lost their right to approve credit cards to stay at home spouses. The CARD Act was amended that year to block creditors from issuing cards to those with limited or no income. Third party income was no longer used to support debt. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) amendment made sense. With so much debt filling the homes of Americans, why set people up to obtain … Continue reading →
Balance transfers are often used as a strategy to get out of debt quicker. Move a balance from one account to another for a lower rate is a popular marketing strategy. It lures in new customers. Credit challenged households eagerly hope for an offer in their mailbox. They can’t find relief with alternative payroll or title loans but will the transfer ease money problems? Creditors mail introductory offers by the masses. The offer gives the recipient an opportunity to apply not a guarantee for approval. There are several introductory rates … Continue reading →
Have you bailed a family member out of financial problems again? When do you decide that enough is enough? The reasons behind the debt troubles would probably be the deciding factor for most people. If your generosity is enabling bad money behavior, it would make lots of sense to back away as their money solution. If you are helping someone who lost their job or needs more medical attention than they can afford, you are an angel in their lives. Bad money behavior does not make a person bad, but … Continue reading →
It is ironic that the households that need to most money help are the ones who pay the most for it. Is it a flaw in the system or are these people targeted on purpose? No matter the case, the results remain the same. Households struggling with credit challenges end up paying more in the long-run despite some company’s attempts to lower their costs. Bank accounts No longer are the days when checking accounts are free. If you don’t keep a minimum balance within your account or set up direct … Continue reading →
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