Guidelines are helpful tools, but generic personal finance advice can ultimately end up hurting your wallet. Your budgeting strategy needs to be tailored to your specific money goals. Tips like 50/30/20 can help get you started, but what if you live in an expensive city like New York or San Francisco and 50% of your […]
Your credit report and credit score are two of the most vital measurements of your financial health. Tweet this Properly caring for them puts you in the position to save thousands of dollars during the course of your life. Why? Because your credit report and credit score play a large role in determining how high […]
Everyone has an opinion about money and how it should be spent. Ever hear that you should avoid debt at all costs? Or that home ownership should be your ultimate financial goal? Well, those are common beliefs, but they aren’t necessarily true for everyone. Here, we look at five all too common money myths.
When people go through a financial crisis, sometimes bankruptcy is the best or only solution. For example, when someone has insurmountable debts, often due to one-time events such as divorce, catastrophic illness, or business failure, bankruptcy may be the best way to overcome debt that person has no way of ever paying back. By “bankruptcy,” […]
TaxACT Weekly Favorites: October 18, 2013 Don’t Get Sucker Punched By Your Own Debt Denial via Jeff Rose “Oh, we don’t have that much debt. Our house is paid off. We don’t have that many consumer loans.” These famous last words were uttered by a couple who had come to me for help with retirement planning. Or […]
Should I use cash or credit? This is a question that many consumers are asking because of the current economic uncertainty in our nation. In fact, revolving credit—largely made up of credit card debt—fell by nearly 20% last year according to the Federal Reserve. Credit card usage is definitely slowing due to less borrowing by […]
Have you started managing your personal finances? Need some actionable tips you can put to use today?
You don’t need to start earning a six figure salary or own a business spanning several states before you start managing your personal finance. In fact, if you delay, you might never achieve your financial objectives.
Here are the basics you need to know and practice.
Unlike your traditional loan, debt consolidation loans are used to pay off outstanding debts. All of your debt is added up to create the amount.
Instead of paying a number of different creditors each month, you take out one big loan and pay off all those accounts. Then you make a single payment on that loan once a month.
Although it is possible to use debt consolidation loans for debts that are already on your credit report, it is better to use this option before the debt goes to your credit, in order to save it.
Do you head into a purchase with a budget but end up spending far more than that amount? Here’s a theory… The gap between what you can afford and what you want can be measured by how well aspirational marketing works on you. If aspirational marketing works well on you, (read: Real Housewives, Dom Perignon […]
Weekly Favorites: Paid Off $90k in Debt, Tax Savings for Parents, Standard or Itemized Deductions, Changes to W-2 Form
Weekly Favorites: February 8, 2013 I Paid Off $90,000 of Debt in Just Three Years via LearnVest It’s funny how you can do all of the right things–go to college, get a job–and then one day wake up with crushing debt. It took a lot of hard work–and some serious creativity–but three years later, I’m […]
Are you overwhelmed with debt? Or do you have some debt but just can’t seem to get to that last payment? In some circumstances, debt is unavoidable. However, what can be avoided is how far you allow yourself to sink into debt. Fortunately, it’s never too late to turn around your priorities and start climbing […]