What to Do When Debt Piles Up

The simple fact is that debt equals stress, especially when that debt keeps growing. Even when you feel that there is no possible solution to your current debt situation, don’t lose hope. Options are available to help you to keep the debt from growing and to get yourself in a better financial position. Here’s what […]

How Does Your Debt Compare?

Household debt continues to accumulate but not for the reason you may think. While spending is at an all-time high, so is the true debt builder: Interest. Interest rates vary across different types of loans, but the sheer amount of the loans makes the interest accumulate to staggering amounts.

How Bad Credit Happens & How to Keep It from Holding You Back

Having a good credit score can make your life easier in a variety of ways. For instance, you may be able to get loans at lower interest rates or insurance policies with lower premiums. It may also be easier to get a job or get an apartment in a desirable area. Let’s take a look at why a person may have a bad credit score and how to overcome it.

Can’t Get Approved for a Loan? What It Takes to Repair Your Credit

Having a good credit score can make life a lot easier. According to an article on Capital One’s website, a good credit score will lower your expenses because “many lenders offer better terms and lower interest rates to people with good credit histories.” They also say that a Good credit score may make it easier to: Buy […]

A Fresh Start: 4 Reasons Bankruptcy Is Not As Bad As You Think

When we think of bankruptcy we often think of irresponsibility with money, but job loss, divorce, tax liens and credit card debt are some other possible reasons that people might choose to file for bankruptcy. But according to a Harvard study 62% of all bankruptcies are actually the result of medical debts. One type of debt that can’t be discharged through bankruptcy is student loans. Regardless of the reason that you find it necessary to file for bankruptcy, it’s important to remember that this process isn’t as bad as you think. In fact, there are benefits that you can potentially reap from filing for bankruptcy.

How Much Mortgage Can You Really Afford

If you’re looking to buy a house in the near future, it’s important to know how much you can afford to spend. Setting a realistic budget will help you determine where you should buy, how much home to buy and how you will account for closing costs (including your down payment). How do you go about determining how much you can afford to spend on your next home?

These Numbers Should Make You Mad and Get You Motivated

It seems like a national epidemic… One of the biggest challenges that people face today is dealing with their personal debt. According to NerdWallet the average American family has $16,748 worth of credit card debt, $176,222 worth of mortgage debt, plus an auto loan debt of $28,948. All of this is on top of $49,905 worth of student loans (almost $25,000 per adult)!

According to Federal Reserve data in 2014 the Median household income was $53,718 and it rose to $56,516 in 2016. Unfortunately, that is the most recent data we have, but even if median household income rose to $60,000 in 2016 that is a lot of debt to be carrying on that amount of income.

Credit Cards Out of Control? 3 Ways to Get You Back on Your Feet

Interest on your credit cards adds up fast. An initial purchase of $1000, with an interest rate of 18%, could take years to pay off, assuming that you make only the minimum payments each month. In fact, if you make even a few late payments the penalties could result in NEVER paying it off, as you’ll see in a moment.