Why Going To Library Helps Your Money

Believe it or not, some people pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for a good traditional university education. In addition, some people will even go to the ends of the earth to gain real-world knowledge while paying tens of thousands of dollars a year too for their own self-education via seminars, coaches, consultants, self-improvement programs, and books. Wow, pretty impressive, huh? You want to know what’s also pretty impressive and is a resource that we all have? It’s the free public library that is just right down the road from us. It is bursting at the seams with free educational books, audiobooks, videos, professional staff, and much, much more.

Our national, state, and city governments have teamed up with civic organizations and philanthropists to invest huge amounts of money to make sure that this incredible free resource, the library, is available to all of us. Are you grasping how amazing this is? This is an equal opportunity for us all in which other people are spending their money on us! Are you taking advantage of this opportunity and helping these generous people get their money’s worth in their investment in you and your community via your public library?

Trust me, the free public library and all those knowledge and skill-giving books inside that warm, snow-free, rain-free, and stress-free self-building edifice is worth our efforts and time. Once we get there and see what the free public library has to offer, I think we’ll be very pleased and want to spend a whole lot of more time there. You want to know something else? Once we establish a pattern of self-educating ourselves at our local free public libraries, then we’ll see that that time and effort thing is getting easier and even automatic.

Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember that we can save tons of money by using the free public library. I suggest we get down there right now. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

 

Guide About Financial Steps For Young People

My parents taught me to earn and save money from an early age. I had a checkbook before I was 10, I was in stock market club in 5th grade and had a job as soon as was legally possible. I always balanced my checkbook, had a credit card before 18, paid it off monthly and even learned to file my own taxes. You could say I was quite financially responsible for any age. I took a risk moving across the country when I was 22 and lost my savings trying to “make it”. So when I became pregnant, I was practically starting completely over. Thankfully I already had the skills and resourcefulness to make it work. Now, with my little 3 person family, I am taking seriously all the things I could have done earlier to ensure our financial stability. Benefit from my mistake, and see if you can implement any of these now before you wish you had.

Budget Your Money

To budget your money, you first have to know what you are currently making and spending your money on. First include your bills, most important first, all the way down to expenses that vary month to month like utilities, gas, food, etc and finally fill in a month’s worth of categories such as gifts, donations, dining/entertainment, and personal care to learn what you are spending in these unrecorded categories. After you’ve made a budget of one month’s expenses, you can evaluate where you are spending unnecessarily. Perhaps there was a category out of control prior to this experiment, or your car insurance, cell phone or cable bill can be negotiated. Now you know what you need to make per month to live and where you’d like to cut your spending.

Satisfy Your Need To Succeed or Spend

Everyone should have an experience they made a financial goal and smashed it. I think it’s pertinent to future financial success. It sucks if you have children before you’re able to make and meet a goal and are now living paycheck to paycheck or have little room in your budget to save or invest. Consider making a goal before you have children so you can benefit from the experience of seeing your vision through. This can also be fun for someone who has cut a lot of the budget fat and left little room for shopping, something they may have really loved before. You can start by having a goal of a 500.00-1,000.00 emergency fund (adjust as necessary) and then saving for something you really want, a trip to visit your aunt in California, a 52-inch flat screen.

Plan Your Meals

The third highest expense in most family’s budgets are groceries, so I’m meal planning a lot now. Learning to cook and eat healthy is an important part of a single person or family’s life, saving money on that food is dire to a family’s monthly budget. You can electronically view the grocery’s stores ads online or like ours, in their app. I begin making my grocery list based on what’s on sale. If coupons are available to you, I include those in my list and try to make meals of what’s already on sale. It takes time to nail down the rhythm, but my family has shaved off at least 200.00/month doing only these things.

Make A Pantry

I would never have considered doing this as a single person, but it’s brilliant. The space you dedicate as the pantry does not have to be very large. This is where you will put canned/boxed foods and personal care items that you find greatly discounted or just to have extra on hand. Good food items to keep there are boxes of cereal, Jell-O and pudding, cake/muffin mix, Jiffy cornbread mix, peanut butter, beans and tomatoes for chili and tomato soup. I also like to keep things like extra deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Switch To The Dollar Store

Not everything should be purchased at the dollar store, but many items can without you batting an eye about its quality. Getting used to shopping at the dollar store as regularly as the grocery store will keep you in enough of a frugal mindset to keep your financial goals at the center of your spending. There are so many items that can be bought there alternatively that I will save my favorites for another article. Just find the dollar store nearest your house and roam the aisles, noting things you’d consider purchasing instead of where you currently are for much higher cost.

Save or Invest

I owned my own business from age 22 to 24 and I didn’t want to miss out on the benefits of 401Ks being offered to employees of companies, so I went to my credit union to learn about IRAs, a retirement account for people who work for themselves. There my adviser congratulated me for seeing him so young because I “only have time on my side!”. He was exactly right. With any investment, it’s best to have the most time on your side. 401Ks are only offered to employees, so that was not an option for me. My IRA did not make any money in the 4 years I kept it, but things could change. It was still as if I had saved it! If you have the option to start a 401K with your employer, do it! Your employer often matches your contributions, which you would not be able to take advantage of working for yourself. If neither of these options are available to you, due to your employment position or lack of funds, just begin a savings account, be realistic about what you can contribute monthly and commit to it.

In one year I turned my financial situation around with my resourcefulness and inability to give up with a child on the way. When I got pregnant I was 3,000 in credit card debt and had no money. By his birth, I had prepared for him completely, paid off the credit card debt, saved for 2 months maternity leave and had a couple thousand dollars cushion in my bank account. 10 months later I’m a stay at home mom with an at home business and I’m contributing to our savings regularly, including my son’s separate account. I don’t think we’ll ever fall on hard times like that again, but in case we do, I’ll have all systems in place!

 

Why You Need Smart Decisions When Buying

‘ve made plenty of mistakes in my life regarding debt. I only wish I could go back in time and redo some of my spending decisions I made when I was younger. Obviously that is impossible, but maybe this post will help younger individuals who are about to go out and do something they might regret later in life.

I remember when I was 26, living in a nice area of San Francisco with three roommates. It was a good fun time in my life and I have several great memories from this period. I was very good with my money overall, but every once in a while something would come over me and I would do something that I would later regret.

When I was younger, I saw this new television at Circuit City (remember them?); I still remember the exact TV model. It was the Hitachi 61SWX10B and the price was $3,500. It was a rear projection television and was quite large; a 61″ unit that had a built in stand.

Of course, I was not going to go out and drop that much money on a television at that point in my life, but when I heard I could go out and get a new credit card with 6 months no interest financing I thought okay I can make this happen. My plan was to just put $500 down and then pay off $500 a month and I would get that TV without paying any interest.

I executed my plan flawlessly and I was the big man in the house; all my roommates loving that TV for all it was worth. Guest would come over and tell me it was the best TV they had ever seen and I ate it up. We watched movies, played video games, sporting events, we all enjoyed it.

About a year later, all of our lives changed and we went separate ways. Then it hit me, I was now stuck moving this massive television and the burden of moving it to my new place was quite a hassle. All my former roommates got to enjoy my big awesome television for free and they simply moved on. I was stuck with a $3,500 bill and now moving into a place that I could barely accommodate a television that size.

As it turned out, over the next couple of year’s plasma televisions started coming out and my once super mac-daddy televisions seemed ancient. Within 4 years of my purchase rear projection TVs were no longer desired at all. I couldn’t even sell it due to its large size, so when I moved I simply posted a free ad on Craigslist. Obviously, I gave it to the first interested party instead of trying deal with something that big and heavy with little to no value.

It would have been totally reasonable for me to just buy a $500 television, which also would have been a nice television, or to look into Craigslist and buy something there for an even better deal. But unfortunately, like most people can probably relate to, I had to get the biggest and best product on the market. Looking back I realize it was a very poor decision on my part.

It was clearly not the end of the world, but being 41 now, if I would have not have bought that $500 television and invested the other $3,000, today the money I spent would be worth more than $20,000 and in another 20 years, it would be close to $200,000.

These are the typical decisions that everyone makes, especially the younger society, not necessarily bad decisions, but definitely irresponsible ones. We all make them, as we don’t actually think about the long term effects of what we buy.

The key is to cut back, save and invest. It might look like you’re not building much over a few months or even a year, but continued savings over a decade or 2 can have dramatic jaw dropping effects. Do you want to give your 20 something self the latest electronics or do you want to give your 40 something self a better, easier life?

 

How To Hire Debt Collector

It is good to look for alternative ways to collect debt from your customers. However, if all other avenues have failed, you may have to use debt collectors to get your cash. Every agency is different from the other and not every one that is right for your kind of business. Here are a few things to consider.

Some debt collectors specialize in dealing with large businesses while others deal with small businesses and households. Check in your locality for the collectors that target similar clients like the one that has defaulted. The method the agencies apply has a high likelihood of succeeding in your case.

Every state has its own regulations that cover how debt collection is done and how the agencies work. It is important to ensure that you select a firm that adheres to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Moreover, the firm should be bonded and licensed to work in the locality.

Sometimes the firms use very uncouth means to collect the debts. This may raise legal cases if the debtor feels that the agency has acted in bad faith. The insurance ensures that you are not held liable for hiring the agency to collect the debts. Ensure you pick a firm that has a valid errors and omission insurance. It will act as your protection if you are dragged to court.

Once you have a list of a few companies, take time to compare their costs. Different agencies use different formulas to come up with their rates. Some charge a small flat rate mostly associated with pre-collection activities. You are then charged a contingency fee that is part of the amount collected. The charge is about 20% to 30% of the amount collected. Pick a company that offers a no collection no fee model.

Some debtors tend to run away with your cash and ignore your calls. Some even skip town. If this is your situation, ask if the agency you are using has a skip tracing service. This service enables the debt collector track the defaulting client even when they have not left any forwarding address.

Just remember that you shall not receive all the cash once you have hired a debt collection agency. For this reason, it is advisable to exhaust all of the other means of collecting debt before asking for help. However, if none of the other methods work, hire a firm that will collect the debts right away.

 

How Time Management Help You From Debt

I listened to a training yesterday afternoon on time management. How to eliminate distractions and become relentlessly focused. I have probably attended and listened to more than a dozen time management trainings during the years. Yet every time, I do well for a week or so and then the bad habits creep back in. Checking emails throughout the day. Surfing the web. Listening to a podcast instead of writing a blog post!

All of these actions are necessary, but I allow them to occur when I am “at my best”, in the morning. Which takes me away from getting my important tasks done when I am most energetic and creative. Which means these important tasks get done later in the day and take time away from my wife. Time I can never get back!

As I was taking notes during this training lesson, I thought about the millions of people who are trying to get out of debt. How many distractions are they facing that knock them off of their plans? What money did they spend today that they can never get back?

This one statement from yesterday’s notes really stood out for me and my struggle with managing my time: “Am I willing to spend the next 30 minutes reading emails instead of writing my blog post? Because I will never have those 30 minutes back again!”

I realized that I have not written any blog posts for weeks. All because I have allowed other things to become more important. Let enough things get in the way and the blog posts moved to the bottom of my to do list. Then realized that two months have passed by with nothing to show for it on my website!

We can use this thinking for gaining control of our debt just like gaining control of our time. Let’s substitute “money” for “time” in my statement from above. “Am I willing to spend this $40 on a movie and snacks? Because I will never have this $40 back again!”

We think we will get that $40 back on our next paycheck. But if we really think about it, that $40 is unique. We control it today because it exists today. We can save it, spend it or apply it towards our debt. But whatever we do with it, we will never have that same $40 again!

I can “steal” 30 minutes from my wife to write a blog post. I can “steal” $40 from my next paycheck to go out to a movie tonight. Or I can get in control of my time and money instead.

Am I saying never go out and enjoy life until your debt is paid off? No way! That is a guarantee for failure! Some few people may be able to eat dog food, use candles for lighting and live a spartan lifestyle the entire time they work their debt plans. But the vast majority (including me!) need to have some level of fun in order to stay on the plan.

Can you go to a matinee? Can you go on a weekday instead of Friday or Saturday night? Many theatres here have $5 Tuesdays where you can see a new movie any time on Tuesday for $5. Can you watch the movie and not buy any snacks? Can you stay home and rent/download a movie for less than $7?

All of these options give you a reward and allow you to save at least half of that $40. You may be able to budget for this once or twice a month and stay on your plan to get out of debt.

Good time management does not mean never open your emails or surf the web again. It means you focus on your most important tasks first, then budget some time later to do those things. Time when you do not need to be at your most energetic and creative. And time that is not budgeted elsewhere like time with your family.

Good money management is the same. You budget your income and expenses but you build in a little bit of “fun money” as a reward for being focused on your budget. You don’t rationalize using money from next week’s paycheck to pay for a night out tonight. But you also don’t stop living life!

 

Tricks To Get Out From Debt

Have you ever tried to focus on accomplishing five different tasks at the same time? Or three? How did you end up performing them? Were you satisfied with the outcomes?

I am a linear kind of guy. When I try to do two things at once, both suffer. They take longer to accomplish than if I worked one from start to finish and then tackled the second project. If you have ever heard the phrase “the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”, this describes my multitasking skill!

Paying off debts can be the same. The commercial I hear on the radio about “put an extra $10 towards each of your loans” sounds good. After all you are paying back some extra principal. But when you do this with a car loan, two credit cards and a store loan, you do not see any progress.

I always recommend to my clients that they pick ONE debt to throw their weight against. Pay the minimums on everything else and put the extra principal towards that one account. Highest interest rate, lowest balance, I do not care. I want my clients to see BIG progress against a bill.

When I was in the midst of my debt, I was paying extra towards each debt. And I was getting more and more frustrated. Why? Because I was not seeing any real progress. The extra $50 or $100 towards our car loan did not look like much compared to the $10,000 balance. But when we began to pay $500 extra each month towards our $2000 orthodontist balance, we saw big decreases FAST.

My motto is “Know Debt + KNOW Debt = NO DEBT”. The results you see from seeing that one debt drop quickly keeps your heart in the game (KNOW Debt). This supports your brain (Know Debt) and the two working together will get you to NO DEBT.

Think of the sun. When it shines down on you, you feel warmth. But when you shine it through a magnifying glass, you have the power to burn things!

Or think about boiling water on your stove. If you put a pot of water out in the sun, the water gets warm but only tepid. Put that same pot on a stove and the water begins to boil rapidly.

Focus your extra money on one debt at a time. You will remain excited about your plan towards debt freedom because you will see and feel positive progress. The intensity of that magnifying glass will burn through your debts in no time!

Would you like the six tools and strategies that I used to pay off ALL of my credit cards, car loan and home mortgage? Without living on dog food? Without having to earn $100,000 per year? Then click here: My Get Out of Debt Tools

Phil Danley is a certified life breakthrough coach, a speaker and is the creator of ConsumerDebtCoach.com. He and his wife paid off their credit cards and loans in 2012 and paid off their mortgage in 2014.

If you are struggling with debt, Phil will help you to get out of debt too!

 

Benefit of Installment Loans

The irony is that the only way to improve your score is to prove you can repay any money you have borrowed. But your opportunities for proving yourself to lenders are limited when you have a history of poor credit so many people are left feeling like they are stuck in this situation without a hope of improving their profile.

Luckily, there are now a number of lenders offering installments loans to those with bad credit to help them improve their financial profile. It’s important not to view these loans as “free money” however, particularly if it is your first time borrowing, and remember that you will have to pay it back with added interest.

If you can prove you have a steady, reliable income then your bank may offer you a personal installment loan. Your annual salary may need to be above a certain threshold, and you will need to give proof of your ID and home address, as well as give references to vouch for your character if you are a new customer.

If you have been with your bank for a long time and aren’t in a large amount of overdraft debt, they are more likely to give you a number of suitable options so you can improve your situation. They may suggest increasing your overdraft facility, taking out a credit card or applying for a personal loan.

You will need to consider your options carefully and work out what you can afford to pay back. If you’re simply looking to improve your credit score, start small by borrowing a minimal amount that you know you will be able to pay back each month. Missing repayments with have a negative affect on your score, which is the last thing you need.

If your bank doesn’t accept your application, there are still other options you can try. Bear in mind that each application this will have an impact on your overall score – a negative one if you are repeatedly refused – so try to leave some time in between applications to avoid this happening.

If you don’t have much luck with your bank, you could always try looking online for a personal installment loan. You will need to make sure you apply through a reliable lending source that can connect you with trustworthy partners that won’t take advantage of your situation.

Unfortunately, many lenders that advertise their services to those with poor credit will charge higher interest rates, meaning the borrower ends up with more financial struggles in the long run. In order to avoid this, look for lending companies that advertise low APR that ranges from 5.99% up to 35.99%.

Personal loans are normally for small amounts (as opposed to a mortgage, for example) but can be available up to £25,000.Don’t be tempted to borrow more than you can afford to pay back, as this will simply lead to you falling into debt and further tarnishing your record.

When you are taking steps to be approved for borrowing, your monthly repayments will be taken into consideration. Therefore, you shouldn’t be accepted for a larger amount than you can afford to pay back. It’s important to work out how much you can spare of your monthly income to avoid missing repayments – this way you will keep your score in the green.

 

How To Manage Your Debt

Before you can really start to make real money, you will have to deal with the debt you might have accrued through earlier borrowings. Most people get themselves into financial difficulties through, borrowings made on credit cards. This is the primary product used by the banks to create debt in peoples lives, the interest on the capital borrowed that this creates for the banks, can keep people in debt for their whole life. Injudicious use of credit cards is promoted by a constant bombardment through the media of a buy now pay later philosophy, A constant call to our egos, that stokes discontent within lives. If you don’t have money you cannot have respect, without these material possessions, the money,the girls, the cars, you are nobody. With this continual disparagement, we compare ourselves to others and begin to believe, that we deserve all sorts of things that others may have had to pay a heavy price to obtain.

To break this cycle of ever increasing debt the first thing that has to change is your mindset. You must believe you are worth something, that you are valuable, and are a special and unique person. This is not an easy thing to perceive, especially if you have had a life full of people telling you something other than this. To have an identity, to know who you are, is a place of contentment, If you are content, you will stop striving for things, if you are happy, it does not matter what you have or do not have. You are created in the image of God, allow Him to define you, God say’s you are fearfully and wonderfully made, he took his time putting you together, He thought about what your purpose was and gave you the tools to achieve that purpose. This God sent His Son who we killed, but that was part of the plan, because without His death the Comforter could not come, If you need some financial comfort, know that godliness with contentment is great gain, and that without a credit card, you immediately rid yourself of a source of credit card debt within your life, get the scissors out cut up all your credit cards and you put your self in a place where the debt generated by the credit cards cannot get any bigger. Freed from debt you are now free to earn money from the Internet.

You can start to address the debt outstanding, by changing the way you make purchases. Pay for all purchases with Cash or by Debit Card. This will give you a much greater appreciation of what you are spending, this takes a bit of getting used to, but the first thing you will feel is empowered, this will make you feel good about yourself, and will also give you a sense of control over where the money is being spent and what for.

To get an even tighter grip on the debt situation you will need to make a budget, fill out a budget planner, and begin to forecast future spending, but more importantly look to find areas where you can begin to save money. Once you are saving money, this frees you up to spend time earning money on the Internet. I told you this was not a get rich quick scheme, but do not bail out, all you need is an attitude adjustment, a new mindset, and I can help you with that.

 

Can You Get Auto Loans When You Bangkrupt

There is no better time than now to fulfill your dream.

If buying a car is your dream, do not let anything ruin it. A financial problem such as bankruptcy cannot keep you from becoming a proud owner of your favorite car. Buying a car with bankruptcy can be a challenging task but it is not an impossible one. All you need to do is be wise and patient in making decisions.

When it comes to tackling a financial issue, every detail is important. Not every situation is the same. Remember that approval chances are different for different bankruptcy situations. So, consider your situation before visiting a lender’s office.

· On-going Bankruptcy

It means that the bankruptcy process is not over. If you want to opt for an auto loan during bankruptcy, lenders will shy away from you. As you have not discharged your current legal obligations, they will not approve your loan request easily.

· Discharged Bankruptcy

It means that you have paid your dues and finished the bankruptcy process successfully. Once you come out of a bankruptcy situation, you will find that there are many lenders who are ready to approve your loan request. But, remember that the interest rates will be high because of your damaged credit score. So, it is wise to go through all the paperwork and consider all the factors before signing the dotted line.

· Dismissed Bankruptcy

If the bankruptcy court dismisses your case, the creditors are free to approach you for collection of their dues. If your plea is rejected by the judge, it becomes difficult for you to get an approval for the auto loan. But, all is not lost. A BHPH dealer can help you in buying a car. He will consider your job stability and income to make a decision. If you are able to support the auto loan payments, he will approve your loan request.

Don’t wait for Things to happen

Do not worry if your financial situation has landed you in a bankruptcy court. It doesn’t mean that you should put brakes on your car buying dream. If you have a good track record of paying loans, you stand a chance of getting an auto loan after bankruptcy. Here’s how you can improve your approval chances:

· Look for Better Interest Rates

Lenders are likely to provide you with high interest rates and lengthy loan terms to keep the monthly payments low. And when you are financially weak, you will believe everything that the lenders tell you. But, do not agree with any lender before searching for better interest rates in the market.

· Shop with Care

Though it is difficult to get an approval for the auto loan after discharging bankruptcy, it is not impossible. Do your part of research for the available options. Be clear about your situation with the lenders. Remember that your honesty can become an important reason for getting an auto loan.

· Approach a co-signer

Buying a car with bankruptcy is difficult, but a co-signer can help you with it. A co-signer is responsible for making payment towards the auto loan. With a co-signer by your side, you don’t need to worry about anything. His credit rating will improve your chances of getting a quick approval.

A bankruptcy may make you feel weak. But, it cannot stop you from buying a car. Conduct thorough research before making a decision. Remember that a strong will to buy a car will result in guaranteed success.

 

Things You Need To Know Before Get Loan For Your Car

Most people who buy a new or pre-owned vehicle from a dealership choose to finance their purchase rather than paying cash upfront. While this makes financial sense for most people, making a mistake while negotiating the terms of an auto loan can end up costing the borrower a lot of money. Here are five tips to help anyone tackle auto lending like a pro.

1. Credit reports sometimes contain mistakes.

People with lower credit scores often must pay higher interest rates on loans, so anyone considering borrowing money should become very familiar with his or her credit report. Sometimes mistakes happen. These errors should be fixed before meeting with a lender. Some shoppers might even find that dishonest lenders may try to claim their scores are lower than they actually are. Being familiar with all three reports could give the borrower additional negotiating power and save a lot of money in the long run.

2. Shop around for the best deal on an auto loan.

Although dealerships often advertise low-APR specials, those rates are usually reserved for borrowers with the best credit. Many people will find better terms at a credit union or an online or community bank. If the borrower gets prequalified at a bank, they will be in a better position to negotiate at the car dealership without being legally bound by any agreement with the bank. Bonus tip: Any credit inquiries within the same two-week period will only count as one inquiry when affecting a report.

3. Some lenders will take advantage of subprime borrowers.

Some dishonest lenders will offer high-interest loans to drivers with poor credit, and as soon as the driver misses a payment, the dealership will confiscate the car and resell it. Defaulting on a loan will do additional damage to already bad credit, so borrowers should be sure they can afford payments before agreeing to a loan. Even subprime borrowers should shop around for the best APR. Auto lending requirements are usually lower than mortgage requirements, so shoppers should check to make sure they are getting the best deal.

4. Lower monthly payments might actually cost more.

One tactic sometimes used in auto lending is for dealers to advertise low monthly payments while concealing a higher total purchase. Lower monthly payments also lengthen the terms of the contract, and longer loans usually have higher interest rates. Shoppers should be sure to negotiate the total purchase price separately from the APR and monthly payment.

5. Read the fine print.

Before driving away in a new vehicle, shoppers should be sure that the auto lending process is complete. If the lender says that the deal is still subject to approval after you leave, they may call later and demand a higher APR or monthly payment, or ask that the car be returned to the lot. The fine print should also say that the APR is fixed; otherwise, it may go up, possibly making payments unmanageable. In addition, some dealerships charge penalty fees if the borrower pays off the loan early.