Home > Author Archives: Kayla Sloan (page 10)

Author Archives: Kayla Sloan

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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. ...

Read More »

6 Ways to Avoid Money Scams

Avoid Money Scams

Scams are everywhere these days, and as technology improves and changes, so do the tactics of criminals who are out to take your money. The good news is that there are ways you can avoid money scams. Here are 6 ways you can prevent yourself from becoming the next victim of a money scam. Pay Attention When Shopping Online The holidays are coming up, which means an increase in internet traffic for those who make purchases using the internet to whittle down their gift lists. As you shop, if you need to enter information on a computer, use caution and check to see of the URL of the page you are on starts with “https.” This means the site is secure using an SSL Certificate.  Companies must go through a validation process to get this certificate, and the “s” in “https” stands for “secure.” If no “s” is present, the site could be a scam. Email Scams If you don’t recognize an email address or sender, don’t click on any links or open messages. Watch out for subject lines that include promises like “free vacation” or “you’ve won!”. These suspicious emails are often a criminal’s way of phishing for your ...

Read More »

How to Save Money Without Missing It

How to Save Money without Missing It

Usually when you read a post about saving money it involves making drastic, and sometimes difficult, changes to your spending habits in order to achieve your budgeting goals. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a few changes, save some money without missing it, and not have to suffer from a complete upheaval of your life? I like my lifestyle and I’m personally not willing to go to huge extremes to save money and pay off debt. Of course, I still want to get more financially secure, but I’m not going to do things like sell my car and bike everywhere, or cut my own hair just to save a few more dollars. (My hair would be a disaster if I tried to DIY it.) Instead, I look for ways to make small changes and save money without missing it. Here are a few ways you might be able to do that same. Switch Off & Unplug Electronics If you aren’t using it, turn it off. This applies not only to the lights and televisions in your home, but to the appliances as well. Some can still use electricity while shut off, so whenever it’s reasonable to do ...

Read More »

6 Best Reasonably Priced Wedding Gifts

Shockingly, the average price of attending a wedding in 2015 was almost $700. That doesn’t even take into account the extra costs that can come when you are in the wedding party as a bridesmaid or groomsman. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot of money to spend for someone else’s big day. If you will be attending a wedding anytime soon and are looking for a way to fit the costs of going into your budget, you may have to make some compromises to reduce costs. One way is by purchasing an affordable wedding gift. When buying a wedding gift, it’s not only the cost of the gift that’s important in showing how much you care for the newlyweds. There are some very thoughtful and well-appreciated gifts that can help you stay on budget. 1 Monogramed Linens Nice towels can be stepped up a notch from ordinary to extraordinary with monograming and still be a gift that won’t break the bank. Some stores offer this at an additional, but reasonable, price when you purchase the linens from their store. Or if you are crafty, you may be able to add the monogram yourself as a DIY project. ...

Read More »

“Money Saving Hacks” Could End up Costing You

“Money Saving Hacks” Could End up Costing You

I feel like every time I turn around I see some new hack that is supposed to save me time or money. While wanting to save time and money is never a bad thing, there are some hacks that are just not worth it. Sometimes these money saving hacks will be a waste of time, or even worse, they may end up costing you more money instead of saving you money. Before you fall for some of the money saving hacks you see on TV or on Pinterest, make sure they are really worth your time and effort. Here are a couple I’ve found are just not all they’re hacked up to be. Couponing Yes, using coupons can save you money and I am not sure if you’d really count it as a hack. But if your time is worth anything, it might actually be costing you more money than you are saving. I have a couple of friends who have started using coupons and while I’m happy that they are proud of their savings, I have to wonder if they are really saving money. They post pictures of their receipts and even with savings from coupons, they are spending ...

Read More »