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How to Start Your Financial Future Out on the Right Foot – Part Deux

Financial Future

Last time we talked about starting out your financial future when embarking on adulthood. This is a crucial time in anyone’s life because the decisions that you make during early adulthood can really make or break your future financially. We broke down the two biggies in the last article: cash and credit. In this article, we are going to dive into your credit score and debit cards. So let’s jump in! Benefits of Increasing Your Credit Score If you are putting things on credit and not paying off your monthly balance, then you are directly affecting your credit score NEGATIVELY. This is the opposite of what you want to do because your credit score can impact more than you think it can. On the flip side, if you pay your credit card off every month, you are only INCREASING your credit score. The bonus here is that the higher your credit score, the more you qualify for big purchases in the future. Two of these biggies are cars and houses, with a smaller third possibility at business loans and/or credit cards to start a business. Some employers and rental companies even look at your credit score as an indicator of ...

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How Borrowers Can Compare Terms and Make More Informed Choices for Credit Offers

Credit cards are one of the most prolific forms of lending that are available to borrowers. According to credit card statistics for January 2017 provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 5.3 million credit cards were originated during the month. This number represents a small fraction of the total number of credit cards that are originated each year. How Many Credit Card Offers Did You Receive Last Year? One reason why so many credit cards are issued is that most consumers are bombarded by multiple credit card offers throughout the year. Just because a consumer is sent a credit card offer doesn’t mean that they should accept it. Each credit card issuer will offer specific terms for the consumer to use the card, and consumers should only accept credit card offers that will provide them the best deal. Choosing the Credit Card that’s Best for You Since so many factors can affect whether or not a specific credit card offer is beneficial to the consumer, it can be difficult to choose between credit card offers from the various issuers. Sites like CreditSoup have tools that allow consumers to easily compare the terms offered by specific credit card issuers. Sites like these also offer ...

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5 Tip to Negotiate a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

5 Tip to Negotiate a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

Do you use credit cards? Personally, I try to avoid using them most of the time. I’ve found that it’s far too easy to pull it out and pay for everything. Plus, I’m somehow always end up spending more than I planned. But if you are like most people, including me, you do use one at least occasionally. Of course, if you use it often, it eventually catches up with you when the bill comes in the mail. If you aren’t able to pay it off in full each month, you may end up with high interest charges to pay each month on top of the cost of your purchases. But negotiating a lower credit card interest rate can help you get your purchases paid off without wasting as much money on interest. Here are some tips to help you negotiate a lower credit card interest rate. 1. Don’t Switch Cards Although it may be tempting to try to get a credit card from a different company and transfer the balance, it may not work to your advantage. Each time you apply to get a new credit card, the issuing credit card company does a hard inquiry to your credit ...

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3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Report Today

Most people don’t have a great deal of sophistication with credit. Sure, they might have a card or two (or ten), but all of the fine print on those agreements, as well as the complex terms in credit theory – it’s just a little much to deal with. The problem is, if you don’t have knowledge about how credit works, you’re liable to use it in ways that will set you up for failure in the long term. We’ll assume for the purposes of this article that you aren’t badly in debt. If you are, fix that first. But if you are in fairly good shape with regard to debt, it’s time to get serious about your credit history. You can get a free credit report once a year. The government allows it. That report will show all of the credit cards you have, all of the times you were late on payments, and all the other times you messed up or used credit too much. Maybe you’ll see the opposite problem – you don’t have enough credit history to support a good credit score. One great course of action is to get a credit card specifically for people with ...

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How to Use Credit Cards to Your Advantage

How to Use Credit Cards to Your Advantage

The advice you get from some finance blogs is to use extreme measures to avoid running up credit card debt. They may suggest things such as cutting up your credit cards or placing them in a container of water and freezing them to prevent you from using them – at least until they thaw. But I know that credit cards can be used to your advantage if you are able to use them with self control. Like anything else, they are a tool. It’s you that determines if they will be an asset or detriment to your finances. Here are some ways you can use credit cards to your advantage. Pay Your Balance off Each Month Don’t run your credit card balance up so high you can’t pay it off each month. Doing so will allow you to eliminate paying interest on your balance and giving away your hard earned money to credit card companies for free. In addition, you potentially have the ability to use that same money to earn interest for yourself for the same time period. If you aren’t able to pay the balance each month, always make the minimum payment and make a larger payment whenever possible. ...

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