Bad Credit Personal Loans – What Are Your Options

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Bad Credit Personal Loans are readily available across the country even if you have experienced bad credit. If used wisely bad credit personal loans can be the first step for those in financial troubles to get back on their feet.

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Bad Credit Personal Loans are readily available across the country even if you have experienced bad credit problems such as in bankruptcies, delinquencies, foreclosures, repossessions or other adverse credit problems. Bad credit personal loans are usually easy to qualify for and re-payments can be flexible and even affordable. Bad credit personal loans are classified into two groups, secured and unsecured, with the intention to make it even easier to get the loan you need. Personal loans are to suppose be used for personal needs, not for business related needs, but other than that they do not have any specific requirements.

Secured Personal Loans

Secured bad credit personal loans usually have lower monthly payments and will generally have lower rates of interest. If the value of the property that is used for collateral for the loan is more than your loan amount, then the interest rate can be very low. Lenders have much less risk since the loan will be secured by the customers property, so they think it will be less likely the borrower will miss payments or default on the loan.

Unsecured Personal Loans

An unsecured bad credit personal loan lender is one who provides lending without requiring any form of collateral. Unsecured personal loans can take less time to get the cash you need but if you have bad credit it can be much more expensive due to high interest rates. Unsecured personal loans are readily available for both renters or home owners. An unsecured loan requires no property owner-ship or collateral for approvals.

Two things about bad credit personal loans are sure, the high rate of interest that will be charged on the loan, and the requirement of a down payment or collateral if you have a bad credit history . If used wisely bad credit personal loans can be the first step for those in financial troubles to get back on their feet. Compare lenders today and see what type of bad credit personal loan is right for you.

Cash Loans: it is Easy to Get Money Quickly Now

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When people feel the need of money rising in their household budget, they try to plan out different ways to sustain their expenses. The borrowers can get money for their needs without pledging collateral with the lender. This can be obtained through Cash Loans which are available to borrowers at their comfort.

The borrowers who are in need of money may require it for personal uses which are urgent and can’t wait for the next salary to arrive. These purposes can be problematic in the future if left unfulfilled. These can be like credit card repayment, home or car repairs, grocery or electricity bills, etc.

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Credit Card Fool

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Credit Card fool shows us how credit card companies make fools of us by use of late fees and penalties

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We allow the credit card industry to make fools of us and we do nothing about it. If someone told you that you were being made a fool of, wouldn’t you address the issue? I know I would.

Credit card companies have revenue of $76.03 billion dollars and the majority of this revenue comes from late penalties and over limit and cash advance fees. $29.2 billion came from late penalties, $15.2 billion from over credit limit fees and $3.04 billion from cash advance fees. This amount is 62% of the credit card companies?revenue and this does not include finance charges. Nice profit!

The above is the reason why credit card companies can afford to mail over 5 billion credit card offers per year. This equals to 6 offers per household per month. Maybe the $2 billion in postage alone is a reason why our government does not look into the credit card industry seriously.

Every bank and retailer wants you to have their credit card. Having their credit card enables them to make huge profits. In 2001 both Sears and Circuit City reported that over half of their corporate profits were from finance related revenue. Do you think this could be the reason why retailers always have an employee at the front door of their store offering you to sign up for their credit card and in return you receive a special gift or extra “so called?discount? Most special gifts and extra discounts end up costing you more than the original purchase due to finance charges.

I may not be able to confront these institutions that are trying to make a fool of me, but I can fight back by believing that “Cash is King?and using cash instead of credit will save me money in the end.

It’s a New Year and personal money management should be on the top of your list for 2006.

Credit Counseling — Why It Doesn’t Work For Most Debtors

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Discusses why credit counseling has come under attack by consumer groups for failing to do the job it’s advertised to do. Explains the main reasons for credit counseling’s failure to provide debt relief for most enrollees.

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“Cut Your Payments in Half!” the headline screams. “Consolidate Your Bills into One Low Monthly Payment!”

When you see ads like this, they are often from Credit Counseling firms. In this article, I’ll explain the principles behind the Credit Counseling approach and discuss the main problem consumers face when they join one of these programs.

First, let’s get our definitions straight. The term “Credit Counseling” is actually quite misleading, since it has nothing to do with preserving or improving your credit score. In fact, Credit Counseling will often damage your credit, an unpleasant reality that is sometimes downplayed by industry representatives.

Credit Counseling is a debt management program where you make a single monthly payment to an agency. In turn, that agency distributes the money to your creditors on your behalf, ideally at lower interest rates so you can pay off the debt faster. Credit Counseling should not be confused with Debt Consolidation, Debt Settlement, or Debt Termination. Each of these debt programs takes a very different approach from Credit Counseling.

Of all the available debt options, Credit Counseling is by far the most popular, with millions of Americans participating. Does this mean it’s the best choice for most people struggling with debt? No! There are numerous problems with this approach.

In recent years, the Credit Counseling industry has been heavily criticized by impartial consumer groups like the Consumer Federation of America. But these criticisms often miss the mark entirely. They usually focus on the aggressive companies that use their non-profit status to trick consumers into thinking they are charitable organizations, or even that their services are free of charge. In reality, these outfits charge hefty “voluntary” contributions, often adding up to hundreds of dollars, plus steep monthly fees as well.

However, I’m not talking here about the bad companies who provide little or no actual “counseling,” or the ones that are only in business to make their owners rich. No, I’m talking about serious problems with the actual business model itself. So let’s take a closer look at how Credit Counseling works.

Let’s say you owe $25,000 on several different credit cards. Let’s also assume your average interest rate before you enrolled was 20% (which is actually low these days, especially if you’ve missed any payments). Your minimum monthly payments are $500, which you’ve been struggling to keep up with. At this rate, it will take a whopping 109 months (more than 9 years) to pay off your debts, assuming you don’t miss a single payment along the way.

You enroll in a Credit Counseling program that promises to get you out of debt faster. But does it? Assuming your creditors agree to participate in the program (not always the case), the real key is the concession they will grant on your interest rates. In prior years, creditors looked more favorably on Credit Counseling and they offered steep discounts off the normal interest rates. But lately they have squeezed the industry, and the concessions are not so good any more. Currently, most of the major players will reduce interest rates down to a range of 7% on the low side to 18% on the high side. We’ll use 12% as the average.

So if you keep your payments at $500 per month at the new 12% rate, how long will it take? First, we need to deduct the monthly fee charged by the agency. In this example, we’ll use a fee of $25 per month, so $475 of your $500 will go toward debt reduction. The good news is you’ll be out of debt faster. The bad news is that it will still take 75 months (more than 6 years) to become debt-free.

But what happens if you can’t keep up with that $500 per month? After all, you sought help from a credit counselor because you were struggling financially, right? Let’s say you drop down to $450 per month. After deducting the $25 monthly fee, that leaves $425 toward your debt plan. Now you’re looking at 90 months (7 years & 6 months), which is not much better than the 109 months you started out with.

So how can credit counselors claim to cut your payments in half? Good question. If you dropped down to $250 per month, you’ll never pay off your debt! At 12% interest, the debt will climb faster than your $250 per month can reduce it. The lowest you could go would be $300 per month. However, it would now take 20 years to pay off the debt, hardly an improvement!

In order to truly cut your payments in half, down to $250 in this example, the agency would need to completely eliminate all interest! And even then, it would still take more than 9 years to pay off the balance! So the ads claiming you can cut your payments in half are simply false.

Bear in mind here that in our example, we’re assuming you’re working with a good company that charges low fees and actually obtains good interest rate concessions from all of your creditors. Even with the best of credit counselors, you’re still looking at a 5-9 year program to pay off your debts.

That’s why Credit Counseling is usually only effective for people with short-term financial problems. Consumers with long-term financial instability have trouble keeping up with the regular payment stream required to make these programs work. The result? Even the most favorable statistics show that about 3 out of 4 people drop out of Credit Counseling programs before completing them.

If you do decide to join one of these programs in order to obtain some short-term relief, be sure to do your homework first. Here are a few tips to help in your selection:

1. Look for a company that actually provides old-fashioned budget advice and counseling. If they want to sign you up right away without first understanding your budget situation, move on!

2. Obtain copies of the contract and read it carefully before signing up. Make sure you understand all of the fees involved. Are there enrollment fees? “Voluntary” contributions? Monthly fees? Extra fees per account? These hidden fees can add up to big bucks.

3. Make sure they work with all the creditors on your list and not just some of them.

4. Don’t be fooled by “non-profit” status. That doesn’t guarantee you’re dealing with a good company. And it certainly doesn’t mean the service is free!

5. Aim to find a local company that you can visit in person. Check out your target company with the local Better Business Bureau.

6. Make sure they provide support after the sale. Try calling their customer service number to see if you can get through promptly.

Remember, you can eliminate your debts if you take a disciplined approach to your finances, make a budget and stick to it, and don’t use your credit cards unless you can pay off new balances in full each month.

Good luck in your financial future!

Finance Your Child’s Education ?Stress Free

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In 2002, the average annual cost for a public university was $9,338. It is estimated that by 2017, the average annual cost will be $19,413. And that’s just for tuition and credit fees. Let’s not forget about room and board, books, food, clothes and extra activities.

With those figures it mind, it would be wise to start planning for your child’s education today.

You already know about loans and scholarships but those aren’t the only options. You don’t have to go into de…

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In 2002, the average annual cost for a public university was $9,338. It is estimated that by 2017, the average annual cost will be $19,413. And that’s just for tuition and credit fees. Let’s not forget about room and board, books, food, clothes and extra activities.

With those figures it mind, it would be wise to start planning for your child’s education today.

You already know about loans and scholarships but those aren’t the only options. You don’t have to go into debt! There are several choices to help you prepare for your child’s future.

529 Plans

A 529 or qualified tuition program is a (federal) tax-free investment plan that allows families to save for their childrens college educations.

Each state has its own 529 plan and you do not have to be a resident of a particular state to invest in that state’s plan.

The 2 types of plans include:

Prepaid Tuition Plans ?These plans allow you to pay for your child’s in-state tuition at today’s prices. These accounts are low-risk and they are guaranteed to match or exceed in-state inflation. However, these plans are often limited to state residents and the cost may not be covered if your child decides to attend an in-state private university.

Education Savings Accounts- Or college savings plans are investment accounts whose value fluctuates with the market. They can be used at eligible public and private universities- there are no residency requirements. Additionally, some plans have high contribution limits per beneficiary and you can contribute up to $11,000 per year without paying a gift tax.

Savings Accounts

Even if your child only has a few years until it’s time to go to college, it’s never too late to begin saving. Determine where you can cut costs and put that money into a high-interest savings account.

For example, instead of buying 2 video games as a birthday present, buy one and put the extra money into a savings account. What about Christmas and Hanukkah? Sure, it’s fun to open presents but I guarantee that the novelty of those gifts will soon be forgotten and later on your child will thank you for making sure that their education was financed in a stress-free way.

Here is a tip: look for a FDIC insured bank that is based online. These banks offer higher interest rates because they don’t have the operating overhead of having branches. The work the same way as a regular bank except that there is no physical branch. You deposit money through your current checking account and receive monthly statements either via email or through the mail.

Check Your Bank Statements Every Month, If You Don’t You May Be Losing Money In Unexpected Ways.

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It is important to watch over your own finances by looking at your bank statements. I have always checked my bank statements but maybe not quite as carefully as I should have!!

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Awhile back I got the dreaded letter from the bank saying you are overdrawn. I couldn’t believe it, I wondered what the heck did I do?

Then I opened it up and I was overdrawn by over a thousand dollars and I was real concerned.

I called the bank and they told me the $3000 dollar check that I had written was insufficient. Well I did not write a check for that amount but they assured me I did and told me where to.

I couldn’t believe I could do something so foolish but I called the company that I had written the check to and they said yep, that was what I wrote it for, and I was overpaid on my account.

Then we had to start the process of me getting the money back that I had overpaid, in the meantime I needed to do a quick transfer or I would have more insufficient checks.

After I got the check covered and started the return process of getting my money back I got to thinking I couldn’t have done anything that dumb.

So I called the bank and asked them if they were sure I had wrote it for that amount and she assured me they check those kinds of things, I still didn’t believe her so I went down there and said I wanted a copy of the check.

Low and behold I HADN’T been stupid and wrote a 300 dollar check for 3000. The company I wrote it to had encoded it wrong and the bank didn’t catch it.

So after apologies from the bank and their assurance they would fix things right up for me I called the other company back and asked them if they were sure I had made the mistake. She also assured me they always check these kinds of things. Then I said then how come I am holding the check and it is obviously written for only 300.00. She didn’t have much to say then and they assured me they would fix things right up.

In talking to her she said she just assumed the fault was mine because even if they had made the mistake one of our banks would have caught it, yeah right.

So while most of you would notice a 2700 difference like I sure did, we may not notice those pennies and nickels if we don’t check every month.

Because the only one looking after your account carefully will be you!!

Credit Cards For Bad Credit – Might Be Helpful

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Credit cards for bad credit can be the first step in taking the needed steps to restore your credit to good health.

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Applying for and getting credit cards for bad credit can actually end up being quite helpful to consumers if they are used correctly. The following are a couple of great reasons why getting a credit card especially for those with bad credit can be a wise idea.

Credit cards for bad credit can help people keep track of their spending habits. Most credit cards designed for consumers with not so healthy credit send detailed reports of what is being purchased with the credit card. This is really a fantastic way to find out exactly what you are spending your money on each month and then decide what can be cut out. More responsible spending habits are a great practice for consumers no matter what their credit history may be.

Credit cards for bad credit generally fall into two categories. The first is a credit card that has a maximum limit to the amount you can charge. For example a consumer with bad credit may be able to apply for a credit card with a $1000 limit. This can help the consumer from over spending and getting into a financial bind that they cannot get out of.

The second of the credit cards for bad credit is the secured credit card. These credit cards involve the consumer making a small deposit onto the credit card in order to use it. Some cards will increase your spending limit if good spending practices occur while others you can simply only spend what you put onto the card. Either way it is a great way to be responsible with your money and start rebuilding your credit.

These are just two of the great reasons as to why it is not a bad idea to look for a credit card tailored to those with bad credit. Credit cards for bad credit can be the first step in taking the needed steps to restore your credit to good health.

Curing Yourself from Leaky Wallet Syndrome

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It only takes a single financial weakness to empty your bank account, and few people look hard enough to shore up their financial mindset.

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Financial stewardship of a business empire or $100 bill require a particular psychology if they are going to survive over time in the same hands. The lack of this same psychology is why most lottery winners cannot hold onto the giant sums of money they receive; and I call this psychological mind-set the “Leaky Wallet Syndrome?

The difficulty with holding onto money is that it only takes a single weakness to lose it entirely. By weakness I mean that something has caught your eye that is so desirable that you will buy it spite of the fact that you cannot afford it. Whatever this purchase or payment may be, it psychologically reaches your personal threshold where having something right now is more important than having something tomorrow. There is a trigger that sets aside your normal, balanced decision-making with instant gratification. In my opinion, it is similar to dieting in that you have to eat food, but there are consequences if you continually eat even a little too much. Likewise you need to spend money, but there is a predictable consequence if you continually spend even just a little too much.

Let me list some of the common categories where people could have financial weakness: vacations, clothing, cars, shoes, personal electronics, charities, collections of any kind, books, Christmas gifts, watches, pets, jewelry, relatives, dining out, boats, hobbies and sports activities. And these are only single leaks in your wallet, if you have many of them your wallet could be in more serious trouble.

If you’ve never felt like you’ve had much “extra?money, you may not be aware of what your financial weaknesses may be. They may not show up until you receive a sudden windfall (annual bonus, tax refund, pay raise, inheritance, lottery winners), and you are not familiar with or prepared for your psychological pressure to spend money. If you want to know a few of your weaknesses, think about some of the items at the top of your list that you would buy if you had the money. How many of these items would seem like reasonable purchases to friends and family vs. how many would seem like ridiculous extravagances?

If you are still not sure if you suffer from Leaky Wallet Syndrome, your checking account may tell you: Do you have money leftover at the end of every month? Are you unable to payoff your entire credit card balance each month? Do you have any past due bills? Do you hide your checking account or avoid balancing it?

Let me give you a couple examples. An acquaintance of mine has three children, and in my view, is financially prudent in all matters except for one. And this single weakness has caused her to continually have trouble with high levels of credit card debt. She’s had this debt problem as long as I’ve known him and his only weakness is a particular self-help seminar. At least once a year, if there is room on her credit card, she attends one of these seminars and charges it all to a credit card. I don’t see her do anything with the information that she learns, and she feels it is so important, but I fear that she is sacrificing her family’s financial future.

I’d rather not see any more exposés about non-profit organizations spending their donations on supercomputers to analyze direct-mail campaigns instead of their stated cause. In another example, an acquaintance’s grandmother has a weakness for requests that she receives from left-wing political organizations. If a direct-mail piece lands in her mailbox, then they are guaranteed to receive some donation from her ?no matter that she can’t afford it. And like a good poker player sensing weakness, the fund raisers now flood her mailbox with donation requests.

Leaky Wallet Syndrome doesn’t only afflict individuals. A family-friend is a business turnaround consultant for private companies. He says that the majority of the time his services are called during the third-generation from the business founder. The founder builds a successful business and the second-generation coasts on this success, and is mentored by the founder. But by the third generation, the business is supporting so many family members on the payroll that don’t contribute value and family infighting prevents any efficiency or reform, that only Herculean effort from an outsider can save the business from so many forms of overspending.

You don’t have to look far from home to find Leaky Wallet Syndrome (has anyone seen my Ferrari? I mean my Ferrari keychain with a used Honda key?), but all the leaks in your psychology need to be plugged before you can successfully move toward your financial goals. And this effort also helps prepare you for any windfalls that would quickly leak from your wallet.

Give Yourself a Raise in 2006

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How would you like to earn more in 2006? Up to $4000 more? The answer is not by earning more, although that can help, it’s by cutting back on your daily expense.

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How would you like to earn more in 2006? Up to $4000 more? The answer is not by earning more, although that can help, it’s by cutting back on your daily expense. We work to earn a living. We live paycheck to paycheck. Never have money left over at the end of the month? Where does it all go? You can probably account for the majority of where you paycheck goes. Housing, car payments, credit card bills, food. But where do all those other dollars go?

You might be surprised how much cash you spend every day without really knowing it. Lets start with your drive to work. Long commute? How much gas do you use a week commuting? Are there ways you can reduce that? Car pool, public transportation? A job closer to home? Do you have to pay for parking? If you have to park in a downtown area anywhere in the county you are probably spending $8-$12 or more per day. Can you find a less expensive place to park even if it means walking a few extra blocks? A job where you don’t have to pay for parking can save you $100-$200 a month.

How about the morning coffee. $30-$40 per month? Do you bring your lunch or eat out everyday? $3-$10 a day is another $60-$200 a month. Don’t forget the snack out of the vending machine and your afternoon soda break. There is another $35 a month.

If you add it up you are looking at spending $300 a month or $3600 a year that it is costing you to work. These are just some of the daily expenses you may have, not including other work related expenses. Now divide $300 a month by how much you make per hour and you will know how many hours you need to work just to be able to work!

You don’t have to give up everything at once but if you start to cut back now when you get your next raise you will have even more money to put away. The easiest thing to do now is simply keep track of your daily expenses for the next few weeks. You may be surprised just how much you are spending. Once you know where your money is going then you can start to cut back.

Don’t get in the habit of going to the cash machine every few days. Once cash is in your hands, you will never know where it went. If you want to keep more of your hard earned dollars start to budget today. You will be glad you did.

Developing a Successful Home Budget

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Hoping for the best when it comes to budgeting rarely works out well.

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This is probably the most requested topic that I receive, normally after someone gets a large unexpected expense, or they start thinking about retirement and realize that they have saved a woefully inadequate amount of money.

I recommend using a monthly time-frame to look at your cash inflows and outflows, because most bills are monthly and four weeks is a short planning period that most people can manage. The first thing to do is determine your monthly after-tax income. Usually, this is the amount of money from your paycheck that gets deposited into your checking account. If your income is variable, then use an average of the last three months. (Any savings account interest income would be a bonus.) Next, list out your fixed monthly expenses, such as rent, mortgage, car payment, phone, electric bill, etc. All of these numbers can be changed in the long-term, but first you need to determine a baseline budget of where you are right now.

Make sure you include all of your utilities; some are only paid quarterly or annually, like car insurance, the water bill, or an association fee. Take these expenses and calculate what they would be on a monthly basis. For example, if your water bill comes quarterly, divide it by 3. If you have semi-annual car insurance, then divide it by 6.

So now you have your fixed monthly income and your fixed monthly expenses. Deduct one from the other, and you have the variable amount of money that you are free to spend any way you want for the remainder of the month. From this remaining amount of money, start listing out your main categories of variable spending: groceries, entertainment, medical expenses, clothing, dry cleaning, personal care (haircut, nails, etc.), and gifts. Take each of these variable expenses and put an amount next to them that you think represents your average monthly spending for that category.

Make as many subcategories as you need to make an accurate estimate. The more precise it is for your spending habits, the more effective it will be for you. For example, food can be broken down by grocery store/fast food/dining out/work lunch/etc. Then go through the last few months of your checkbook and credit card statement looking for any spending that hasn’t been covered so far that you need to include for your situation.

Now you should have a total number for your monthly income, total monthly fixed expenses, and total monthly variable expenses. The moment of truth is when you deduct the two expenses from your income to see if there is anything left over. Don’t panic if it is a negative number ?it is far better to discover this out now, rather than building up credit card debt later. Most people comment somewhere along this process, “Oh, so that is where my money is going. I had no idea I spent so much on that!?
Seeing all the numbers in black & white can help you prioritize (and negotiate with all the other spenders in the family). From this beginning budget, you can start to set monthly targets for spending categories, you can focus on reducing the largest expenses, and find areas where you should start doing some price-comparison shopping. And did I mention that saving a 5-15% of your income should be an additional fixed expense? Yes, you need to pay yourself first!

Having a budget is the critical first tool in managing your money. Wielding this tool allows you to finally start making financial decisions based on the facts instead of fiction. You can plan for expenses instead of being caught by surprise. And most importantly, figure out how to move forward with goals like a big vacation, a new car, or investing.