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Common Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid

Hey everyone, I’m Joshua Rodriguez and, tank you for coming to read my debut post here at Eyes On The Dollar. I’ve had quite a bit of experience helping consumers with credit card debt so, I figured, I would share some of the fruits of that experience today. Although, I’ve come to learn that everyone is very unique on a financial level. But, I’ve also noticed quite a pattern through many of them. The pattern was, financial hardships were being caused by simple and avoidable mistakes made when using credit cards. So, today, I’m going to tell you a bit about the most common credit card mistakes that you should be sure to avoid. Mistake #1: Using Credit Cards For Cash Advances  One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve seen a trend forming around is the use of credit cards for cash advances. Unfortunately, most of the people that did this didn’t realize that cash advance balances were charged a much higher interest rate. Another thing most of them didn’t know is that, as they payed minimum payments, those payments were being allocated to the balances at the lowest interest rate. So, the balances at the highest interest rate would ...

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My Best Financial Tip: Stop Being Afraid

When Grayson at Debt Roundup put out a call to all bloggers asking for our best financial tip, I thought of lots of helpful and necessary things like spending less than you make, having an emergency fund, and setting up a budget. If you spend more than five minutes reading financial posts, you will see these basic steps repeated over and over. Unless you were born into royalty, you can’t have financial independence without them. If these steps are so easy to find, why doesn’t everyone practice them? I honestly can’t answer for the masses, but for my own situation, I would say that fear was the biggest thing that held me back for so long. To live the life you aspire to, you have to stop being afraid. What Are We Afraid Of? If you find yourself in debt, reason would say that you need to stop spending money. Sometimes it isn’t that simple. Are you afraid of what people will think? How often do we feel the need to buy something new to keep up with the expected norm? Society wants us to spend money. That’s great if you have it, but if a purchase has to go on ...

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Things I Could Have Bought with $30,000 Lost to Credit Card Debt

  As we’re coming into the homestretch of paying off our credit cards forever, it’s kind of horrific funny if you think about the things we could have done with that money instead. Just like building savings, wealth, or a retirement fund, our debt was years in the making. I’d say it was sort of an art form, albeit a very alternative style that doesn’t receive much critical praise. I honestly can’t name one tangible item we have ownership of because of that debt. I know there were a couple of fun trips and probably some nice sporting equipment. There were also lots of restaurant meals that have long been digested and disposed of. The biggest thing we have to show for our $30,000 in credit card debt is a new understanding of how wonderful being consumer debt free will feel in a few months.  I know it is not healthy to wonder what could have been, but if you are going to put that purchase you can’t afford right now on a credit card, think about these things we could have had without our debt. A Year Abroad-I have a friend who, with her husband and son, took a year sabbatical to ...

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