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Why The APR is the Most Important Factor In Borrowing

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Many people choose credit cards and loans based on the features, benefits, or the monthly payment, but there's a more important factor to consider - the APR. This number tells you how much you're actually paying to borrow money. The higher the APR, or annual percentage rate, the more you're paying when you borrow money. Finding the APR Looking at the APR gives you a better way to compare loan of the same type to each...
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Good points offered on the subject of Aprs. With that said, there is one thing to keep in mind, try not to acquire debt on high in... Read More
Thursday, 07 November 2019 21:28
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Five Tips for Budgeting a Fluctuating Income

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Coming up with a solid budget is tough even when you have a regular income from a job or business. Budgeting a fluctuating income can be even more difficult because you can't be sure how much money you're bringing in. In these situations, having a plan for to manage an unpredictable income becomes even more important to ensure all your monthly expenses are met without getting into debt or overdrafting your accounts. When you're self-employed, working...
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5 Ways to Save on Car Insurance in 2020

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With 2019 winding down, there’s no better time than now to turn your attention to the new year. As 2020 inches closer, it makes sense to review your budget with an eye toward saving money. Did your car insurance premium creep higher this year? Are you looking to save money as the year turns? A car insurance premium increase isn’t always directly related to your personal situation. For example, rates often increase as a result of...
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Great Blog as you pointed out the many aspects for personal insurance. In my case, I was loyal to a company for thirty years and... Read More
Thursday, 07 November 2019 21:15
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Getting Your Credit Back on Track After Bankruptcy

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Filing bankruptcy can affect your credit more than almost anything else, but that doesn't mean you should avoid bankruptcy if it's the best solution to get your finances back on track. Bankruptcy can be the perfect opportunity to start over and rebuild your credit. Here's how you can do it. Make sure your bankruptcy is reported correctly. Order copies of all three of your credit reports. You can use AnnualCreditReport.com if you haven't already received a...
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Very helpful information! I hope everyone can get back on track from bankruptcy.
Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:06
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Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for Friends

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Every year, I make it a goal to have my holiday shopping completed before the holidays actually hit. Planning ahead for holiday gifts can not only help you to save on stress, but save on cash as well. Here are a few budget-friendly holiday gift ideas. An Amazon gift card: Warehouse stores, such as Costco and Sam's Club, sell gift cards for less than their face value. You can also often find bulk packs of gift...
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Daily Habits of Frugal People

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Some people can be very frugal. In certain economic environments frugality is very important and can help you save money or survive in an economic downturn. Frugality is more than just clipping coupons. Being frugal is about aiming to get the most value from life's resources, including stretching your budget to its fullest potential. In working toward achieving that value, frugal people tend to adopt a wide range of daily habits. Below are the habits I...
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What are Your Key Principles to Investing?

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Every person should have a solid foundation or set of key principles to investing. Even if you are not a financial savvy person, you should still sit down and outline what your key principles are. I thought it would be helpful to share mine. Please feel free to let me know what your principles are in the comments section. Ignore daily market moves: I do not pay much attention to the daily ups and downs of...
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How to Prepare Yourself for a Recession

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I am not going to tell you when the next economic recession is. However, I am confident to tell you there will be another recession at some point in the future. When this recession occurs, you need to be prepared. Below are several helpful ways to prepare yourself for an economic recession. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comments section. Take some time to review your finances. Talk to a professional....
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Why Debt Collectors Check Your Credit Report

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Debt collectors do several things to try and collect debts from you. If you've ever had an account in collections, then you're already aware of the phone calls, letters, and placing the debt on your credit report. They also pull your credit report to get more information on you. Unlike most other businesses, debt collectors don't have to ask for your permission before they check your credit report. Credit reporting law automatically allows collectors to check...
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debt collectors can be the absolute worst, keep an eye on them!
Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:07
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7 Credit Card Resources Worth Reading

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Are you happy with your current credit card? Are you on the search for something new? Do you have big plans for eliminating your credit card debt in the near future? Regardless of your situation, it’s nice to know there’s always somewhere to turn for advice and guidance. The internet has made it easier than ever to collect information that can be used to your advantage. While there’s no shortage of credit card resources to review,...
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