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Think Twice Before Taking a 100% Auto Loan

It may seem a great idea to take out a 100% to buy an auto. If your credit score persuades a lender that you can repay in full, then you get your new auto without having to spend any money until the repayments start. Just because lenders are happy, it does not necessarily mean such a loan is in your best interests. Remember that the recession was caused by the availability of easy credit with many people getting 100% loans on real estate that was expected to continue to increase in value. In the case of an auto, it goes the other way; it will never be worth more than your purchase price. There are several reasons why it might not make sense to borrow 100% and they are worth considering. Monthly Payment The monthly payments on a 100% loan will clearly be much higher than those if you put down 20 – 25%. If you are managing your financial affairs well, living with a budget that monitors your position at any one time, that monthly repayment needs to be entered in your expenditure column? Is it affordable from your point of view? Loan Term If you want to get ...

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Should You Move to Lower Your Cost of Living?

Should You Move to Lower Your Cost of Living?

When money gets tight, you are probably like most people. You may start looking for ways to cut your costs and stretch the income you have available in order to make ends meet.  But how far are you willing to go in order to pay for everything? If you find yourself in the situation where you have more month than money on a regular basis, you might be thinking about ways you can lower your cost of living each month. One way to do this is by moving to a lower cost of living area. But, should you move to lower your cost of living? Here are some things to consider first. 1. Job Loss Losing your job and income is one of the major reasons many people move, but moving may also help you lower your cost of living. It can give you the chance to start over and may be just what you need to bolster your spirits and get you going. Don’t do it on a whim, though, because there could be a few drawbacks too. For example you could be leaving behind extended family and friends you have known all your life. You may also be ...

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Getting Your Vacation Home Ready For Market

Vacation rental homes are a popular investment option. They save us lots of trouble and money when it comes to planning a trip, and they are also typically profitable if you rent it out frequently when you aren’t using it. But circumstances change, and sometimes we want to make different plans for our travel. We may want to break up our trip with multiple destinations or take a cruise instead of staying on dry land. There could be health issues, work conflicts, or other things that make the property impractical, or we may just want to cash in on our investment. Whatever the reason, if you choose to sell your vacation home you can do a few things to increase its value before placing it on the market. These are proven steps that will bring in more money than they carry out, and they’ll help the property sell sooner as well. If your place will be hitting the market, think about these potential upgrades. Improved Safety There are few travel concerns more universal than safety. Travelers want to know that their belongings will be safe while they visit the sights during the day, and they want to know that intruders won’t ...

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When Senior Living Is The Best Option For A Spouse Or Parent

What should you do if you promised your spouse or parent many years ago that you would never place them in a nursing home or an assisted living community, but you’re finding it increasingly difficult to keep that promise? It can be almost impossible to come to terms with sending a spouse or parent suffering from severe dementia and/or Alzheimer’s to a care facility when you promised them that you would take care of them at home. Unfortunately, things may not be working out as envisioned. The loved one’s health is getting worse and you, the caretaker, are getting increasingly exhausted, unhinged, unwell, and confused with each passing day. Deciding to send your loved one to a care facility can be one of the toughest decisions to make, a decision that can be even harder to make if finances are already strained. In the end, the best thing for everyone, you and your loved one, is to enroll them in a senior living community like Landmark Senior Living which provides them with an affordable and compassionate solution of comprehensive hospitality and personal care service. 3 Reasons to Be More Flexible There are three things you have to keep in mind ...

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7 Ways Being Stressed Can Cause You to Spend More

7 Ways Being Stressed Can Cause You to Spend More

Do you ever feel stressed? If you do, you are not alone. Most people do at least occasionally and some people more often than others. Stress is a normal part of life and can come from many different situations. But have you ever thought about some of the side effects of stress on your life? For example, there are at least 7 ways being stressed can cause you to spend more. 1. Shopping You’ve probably heard of retail therapy. It’s a type of coping mechanism you may turn to when you are stressed. To put it another way, you shop in order to feel better. The problem is that you buy more than you need or things you don’t need at all to temporarily feel better. But the problem is that it can become an endless cycle or even an addiction. Both of these problems can rack up thousands of dollars of debt and be hard to end. 2. Gambling Another way you may try to deal with stress it to gamble. It can distract you from the real problem and, like shopping, gambling can also turn into an addiction. Once you lose on a few large bets, however, you ...

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