Obviously the best way to manage your credit card debt is not to accrue it in the first place, but in these tough economic times it’s all too easy to coast along for a while and then suddenly realise your credit card debts are spiralling out of control.
It can seem overwhelming and an impossible task to bring your debt back under your control, but it’s not. And there is plenty of help and advice out there on credit card debt management, both from the government and from sites like debtfreedirect.co.uk. If you are worried about your debts and fear they are getting out of control then make sure you do ask for help but in the meantime you can have a look at some of our tips for managing credit card debt.
You need to make sure you can work out a way to pay off your credit card debts while still leaving yourself enough money to live on.
PAY OFF LARGE AMOUNTS
Just paying off the minimum amount every month means you will lose a lot of money over time. It may seem like the easiest way to deal with your debt in the short term, but with interest rates on most credit cards extremely high you will barely be paying off the interest payment. It’s best to try and pay off as much as you can possibly afford every month to keep the interest as low as possible.
DON’T MISS A PAYMENT
If you miss even one payment penalty fees can be added onto your debt, meaning you’re taking one step forward and two steps back. After your basic living expenses, paying of the credit card debt must be your priority until it’s back down to a level you feel more comfortable with.
The type of vehicle you own can impact your credit score. Sound crazy? It is, but it’s something that most people don’t think about. The reason a vehicle can impact your credit score isn’t obvious. In fact, it’s a little difficult to grasp at first. The secret lies in the way you often pay for a car – a loan. Car loans, or rather the size of the loan, can make a dramatic difference in your credit report and scoring. Here’s how:
30 Percent of Your Score Is In Outstanding Debt
Roughly 30 percent of your credit score is determined by the debt levels you carry. That’s why ringing up credit card debt is so bad. Not only do you end up paying an exorbitant amount in interest, but you end up with a lower credit score to boot.
Keep that in mind when shopping for a vehicle. It might be cool to envision yourself cruising down the road in a new BMW, and the dealer (and salesman) really wants to sell you that car, but it’s probably not a great idea to dive into that kind of car payment commitment if you have other aspirations like fixing up your home or helping your kids with college tuition.
If you’re looking to move but are having trouble selling your current property it can be extremely frustrating. It may be the case that you have had your home on the market for a very, very long time and it just doesn’t seem to attract any interest. There are some steps you can take that will make your home much more attractive to potential buyers and show off your house at its best.
Kerb appeal – First impressions are everything so when a viewer steps out of their car they are going to instantly evaluate the look of your house. To ensure that it’s going to sell the property must look at its best. If the front garden is over grown, the paint job chipped and weathered and the front gate loose it’s going to give the viewer a bad impression. Make any necessary repairs, give the garden a new lease of life with flower beds and add a new lick of paint to anywhere that needs it.
Over a million households will be in trouble when their mortgage period is ends. Interest only mortgages were sold in the past; at the end of the mortgage period the home-owner is expected to pay back the original sum borrowed.
The Financial Conduct Authority has warned home owners not to bury their heads in the sand and to try to come up with a solution as soon as possible if they are not going to be able to repay their loans when they mature. The watchdog predicts that over 1 million households will be forced to either pay more money or to sell their houses to settle the debt.
Going to uni can be an eye-opening experience. Not only will you learn all about your chosen subject area in huge depth, but you will gain knowledge about personal finance too. Scrimping and saving are essential when you are a student, as a loan will only stretch so far. As well as studying, it’s a great idea to use your spare time to raise funds to help pay off your student loan once you graduate. Always prioritise your uni work, but make the most of your time and be sure to stash some cash too.
Working in a pub or bar is an ideal part-time job for a student. Bars are usually busiest during term time, so you often won’t be needed to work during the holidays. This is handy, as it means you can return home without quitting your position altogether, and resume your bar work once you return to university. Shift work in a pub or bar is ideal as you can easily fit it into your uni and study timetable and working in a busy environment is a good way to make friends and meet people who are studying different degrees to you.
Sell your stuff
Unwanted CDs, DVDs and tech can quickly clutter up student digs, making a small space feel cluttered. Go through your unwanted items and sell them on to make some extra cash. The quickest and easiest way to do this is online, with the help of a specialist site. You can sell CDs, DVDs and many other items by sending them by freepost to the website and receiving a payment for your efforts.
A survey by the Bank of England has revealed that UK banks do not expect to increase the amount of lending that is available to British businesses in the second quarter of this year.
This is despite the rise in demand from companies looking to get loans to help grow and sustain their businesses.
The amount if business lending increased slightly during the first quarter of the year but only to large companies, the amount of credit given to smaller or medium businesses declined.
It’s not always necessary to go through the long and tedious process of making a loan application or trying to get another credit card when you find you have a temporary cash flow problem. In fact, if you suddenly find that you are out of money but have bills due, then you may not have time to go through the hassle of sorting out a loan or credit card.
It’s in times like this that payday loans online can help you out. Not only can you arrange them quickly and easily, with the money transferred straight to your bank account, but you can also go through the process entirely at home using your computer. There’s no having to call up a financial advisor or even visit a branch of a bank, and you can find out then and there if your loan has been approved.
These types of online cash advances can be a complete life saver, giving you a few hundred pounds that you can use to pay rent, an important bill or any other type of payment that you need dealt with quickly. Maybe your car needs repairing or your computer has broken down, both of which could cause you serious issues with both your personal and work life.
Britain’s biggest banks are continuing trying to avoid paying out the compensation that people are entitled to after being mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). The banks kept on lobbying the Financial Services Authority (FSA), first to try and stop the payment of compensation, then to stop third parties being involved in the claims process, and now to try and institute a deadline, past which no more PPI claims can be made.
Now, the banks appear to be using a last resort tactic to hang on to their money: they are simply delaying payouts. They have had to hire thousands of staff to deal with the number of claims coming in, but still they are making people wait months and possibly years to actually receive their compensation.
This delaying tactic has been roundly criticised, with the deputy chief of the Financial Ombudsman, which acts on behalf of consumers to resolve issues with the banks, saying that it is “disappointing” to see outstanding claims still existing two years after the banks were originally told to pay the money back.
The payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal has managed to stay in the headlines for years now, with new developments being made on a regular basis and the banks having to pay out more and more as ever greater numbers of victims make ppi claims. The total amount that the banks have either paid out already or set aside to pay in the future has already topped £12billion, making this the most expensive mis-selling scandal ever.
This isn’t even the total cost to the banks, however, as they also have to pay the staff who deal with the claims, pay for any additional costs that arise through investigations, pay for the huge legal battles that they have engaged in to try and avoid playing in the first place and, of course, pay for it with their reputations. Whilst the overall figures from the other factors should be easy enough to work out, the reputational damage from this and other problems that have arisen during the financial crisis will be much harder to quantify.
Saving money doesn’t have to be as stressful as many of us seem to make it. We obsess over every last penny and get so caught up in the moment that we forget to enjoy our lives. Today we are going to let you in on a few tricks to saving money. It doesn’t matter if you are in your 20s, 30s or even in your 50s; putting cash aside is always a beneficial thing. Whether you are saving for an emergency or just simply because you aren’t sure what you want to do yet (maybe you’re considering purchasing a home vs. travelling the world), these tips are going to help you reach your goals quicker.
Watch and Track Your Money Carefully
Educating yourself about how far your money goes and what it is being used for is a big part of being a successful saver. Have you ever wondered why some people get rich and stay rich, while there are others who get rich and lose everything? The type of lifestyle you choose to have makes all the difference.
Many of you think that putting away all your money in some kind of account is the only way to save money. And for that you prefer a savings account, a credit union, a checking account and even a retirement account.
Another cluster of people think that reducing prices of the commodities, which they intend to buy, is going to facilitate them with a lot of savings. For this they prefer to use rebates, discount coupons or buy things on sale.
Well, we don’t say that the above methods does not work, yes they do. However, most of you overlook the fact that you can even save money by reducing the interest rate, which you usually pay on your debt.
Now, isn’t that a great idea to save money on your DEBT!!!
You may be having credit cards and you often use them, and getting into debts is quite normal now, but the debts has become the thorn in your life, and now you want to out it out some way.
While more traditionally-minded business owners tear their hair out over the lack of available banking finance and the rising cost of services, a more flexible entrepreneur might already have Kickstarted her idea, rented a web-hosted auto dialer service and a room full of unemployed actors to generate leads, and skipped cheerfully down the road to business success already. In short, there are new ways to get your business off the ground appearing all the time – you just need to be open to them.
Group funding platforms
Kickstarter is the best known of these, but IndieGoGo, Crowdtilt and the British company Crowdfunder are also doing pretty well. They all offer intriguing possibilities for funding new ventures. Group funding platforms allow entrepreneurs (also artists, performers and would-be philanthropists) to pitch their idea to a public full of potential investors, who may or may not choose to commit funds to the project.
If the required target is met, the project goes ahead, and anyone who’s contributed funding typically receives benefits proportionate to their investment – be it a signed album by their favourite band, or a portion of the profits.