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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Eliminate Your Debts

Arrange Your Funds

With list in hand, set aside enough money to cover the minimum payments on each debt. With the funds you have remaining, apply an additional payment amount to the debt that is on the top of your list, in other words, make two payments. If the minimum payment is too steep and you do not have enough funds for making an additional payment, move down your list to debt that you can afford to make an additional payment on.

Yes, you could go ahead and apply your remaining funds to the remaining balance on the debt that you have on the top of your list, however, our goal is to pay off your debts, not pay them down. This will all become clearer a little later on.

Set’ em Up and Knock’ em Down

Once you have started this plan, keep going until you have the first debt completely paid off. When it is gone, you can take the money from that payment you no longer have and apply it to the next debt on your list. If you had to skip the top debt, go back and see if you now have enough to be able to make two payments. Continue paying off your debts in this manner until you have completely cleared your list. Before long, you will have accomplished what you initially thought would be impossible, you have eliminated your debts.

Does this plan sound familiar? It is commonly referred to as the “debt snowball”. No, I am not saying this little slice of genius is my creation. I am simply saying that it is the best way to eliminate your debts without causing, even more, financial hardships. Just keep in mind that if you are having a hard time making even the minimum payments, you will have to either find an extra source of income to initiate this plan, or look for financial counseling to help via alternative methods.

Some Benefits of Payday Loans

No Strict Qualifications

Payday loans are easy to qualify for. Even if you have a bad credit score, you can qualify. All you need to do is let the loan provider know that you have a job and that you make enough money each month to pay back the loan. If you meet these qualifications, the provider will grant the loan. On the other hand, other types of loan require a lot of time consuming background checks before you get access to the loan amount. In some cases, the background checks take weeks to complete. As a result, you have to wait for a few weeks before getting the funds in your account.

No Cash Advance Limits

If you can get a payday loan, what you can do is get cash quickly that you can spend on whatever you want. On the other hand, with a credit card, the bank won’t allow you to get the cash and spend it on whatever you want. You can use the credit card online; however, if you get the cash, you will be charged a very high rate of interest. Moreover, you can’t get the same amount in cash that you can spend to buy stuff online. For instance, with some cards that have an online spending limit of $10,000, you can only get $2,000 in cash through an ATM machine.

Flexibility

Flexibility of a payday loan is another advantage that you can get. You won’t have any restriction as to where you can spend the money. On the other hand, with other kinds of credit, you have some restrictions to consider. For instance, if you go for a car loan or mortgage, you can only spend it on a car or a house. You can’t spend that money to buy other things you may need to do your routine work. You are bound to spend the money on either a house or a car.

Business Credit Cards

Some business owners take matters into their own hands by funding these expenses from their personal stash. However, using personal credit cards for business ventures is a risky-business since you assume total liability. If your company, God forbid, is ever sued or goes under, you risk losing your personal possessions and the good credit rating that took you years to build.

Now what if there was a way to free up some of that needed money you are currently using to support your business, by matching some of your expenses with items your business is already buying on a regular basis? Well, there is and it is in the form of business credit cards.

In other words, if you dish out $500 cash each week on realty supplies to make repairs on your properties, but now instead you make those same purchases using business credit cards for just one month, that would temporarily free up $2000 cash from your usual operating budget.

Of course, you are responsible to pay the balances on any business credit cards you receive, but that would be over a period of time giving you enough occasion to make a profit from the $2000 utilized on the business credit cards before the first payment is due. Are you seeing how having business credit is to your advantage? Let’s go a little further.

Business credit cards are a pretty darn quick way to get resources for short-term needs and at the same time they can increase your business’s purchasing power. But it has to be used economically and not to go all out on spending sprees just because it is available.

Other advantages include:

• Business owners with a limited credit file or credit history can apply without providing the stringent requirements of traditional banks.

• It is much easier to make purchases online and make cash withdrawals from these credit lines.

• Bookkeeping becomes simplified with the use of monthly statements and year-end statements to track expenses and pay taxes.

• Unlike installment loans, business credit cards offer discounts and rewards that can be used toward air travel and the like.

• Business credit builds credit. By paying on time and paying more than the monthly minimum fee, incentivizes lenders to increase credit limits and lower interest rates.

Drowning In Debt

Lesser are the loans to service

As you would have experienced, keeping track of several loans and trying to pay various bills by the due date is a tedious affair. Even when you have to ability to service all your debts, it is easy to miss payments when the number is large. And within no time it can balloon into a gigantic problem. When you consolidate all your debts into one or two, you get a much better perspective of your financial picture and your debt problems appear much less alarming.

Lesser is the interest outflow

Different debts carry different rates. Also, there is the additional penal interest whenever you default. When you take a single loan to pay off multiple debts, the interest payout on this new loan is almost surely lower than the sum total of interests on many individuals loans. This is a double bonanza. One, your monthly payout reduces. Two, lesser payout means more money in hand, which can be helpful in accelerating your debt reduction. So within a short period of time you will see a rapid decline in your liabilities.

Lesser is the time pressure

One of the key aspects of too many debts is too many missed payments. Naturally, therefore, you are under immense pressure of these numerous unpaid bills. And, despite your good intentions, you may have no means to pay them all off at one go. What if you get an opportunity to repay the overdue amount in instalments? Combining debts comes to your rescue by staggering these outstanding payments over a longer time frame. With the pressure off, you start rebuilding your life with a lot more peace of mind.

Lesser is the harassment

Many debts means many forgotten bills. And many unpaid debts means many unhappy lenders. Many unhappy lenders means many foreclosure notices and many threatening phone calls. One or two creditors, post consolidation, means lesser chances of not remembering your due dates. No delays means no more harassment.