How Paying Interest will Eat You Alive

Whenever you take out a loan or create some form of debt, you must pay interest. Interest is considered the cost of doing business. It compensates the lender for the use of the money. You can think of it as the rent you are paying for the use of the money.  The interest rate that […]

Don’t Drown in Your Own Debt!

Debt is something that happens to almost all of us. Between student loans, mortgage payments, car payments, etc, dealing with debt is something that we all have to figure out how to do. The key is to learn the skills necessary to avoid debt as much as possible. Learning how to use debt properly and […]

Money Moves for a Happy Marriage

Financial arguments are common in relationships – spouses are often on different wavelengths regarding spending and budgeting. As a matter of fact, financial arguments are one of the most common forms of disagreement. One spouse may be extremely frugal, while the other spouse considers shopping a hobby. Of course this difference in views can create […]

Using Credit Cards without Getting Into Debt

Having a credit card is handy, especially if you are away from home and blow a tire or a fan belt breaks or some other emergency! However, everyone that has a credit card runs the risk of racking up a significant debt.  Credit card debt can quickly spiral out of control. Sometimes it feels like the credit card companies will […]

The Quickest Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loan

Finishing university and starting a new phase in your life is an exciting time when you leave behind the wild days of your student life and embark on a career. This also is the time when reality hits you and you realize that you have a hefty student loan to repay. It can be disconcerting to look […]

Can I Overpay My IVA?

Recently we’ve been discussing bankruptcy but in the U.K. there is an alternative called an Individual Voluntary Arrangement or “IVA” which is a formal alternative for individuals wishing to avoid bankruptcy. Basically it is a structured repayment plan which may allow partial foregiveness of your debt. How an IVA Works The debtor’s income (A) and […]

Wise Money: Six Investments To Consider

When the stock market is on shaky footing it’s usually a good time to look into non-traditional investments. While most people think of investments as stocks and bonds, an investment is really anything you put money into in hopes of making more money later. There are many types of investments that you can put your […]

How to Up Your Credit Score

Credit is crucial. In fact, your credit score determines your ability to procure auto loans, credit cards and home mortgages. Some might say that it can make or break your financial future. Main Credit Scoring Agencies There are three major consumer credit reporting agencies that operate in the United States: Equifax, Experian and Transunion. When a lender considers […]