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Though I help people figure out their money woes all day, when it comes to my own finances, I sometimes feel like sticking my head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. Like anyone else, once I pay my bills, I’m lucky if I have extra money for the things I want to do. Fortunately, I’ve learned a few money-saving strategies along the way. If you’d like to stop living paycheck to paycheck, here are some techniques you can try:
Discussions about money can feel taboo, so it’s easy to feel alone when you have financial issues and hard to know who to ask for advice. Besides confiding in a trusted representative at your credit union or bank, below are some ideas that may help you recover from common money mistakes and reduce your anxiety so you can start saving again.
Your credit score is a number, based on your credit report, that helps financial institutions determine if you will repay a loan. Credit scores can range from 300-850. Typically, the higher the credit score, the more likely the borrower will pay off their loan.
If you have owned your home for a while, you may be ready to upgrade to a bigger house; but before calling the movers, consider why you want to move and what the financial impact of owning a larger home could be.
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When you take out a loan or put charges on your credit card, you’re not just responsible for paying back the amount you have borrowed; you also have to pay interest. However, you can reduce the amount of interest you owe by making extra principal payments. How do you do that?
For preteens, saving money is like any other skill they will learn—practice makes perfect. To teach your child how to save money, encourage them to make it a habit. If you can get them to practice the fine art of saving, eventually they will do it on their own without reminders. Youth are consumers too, and learning the basics will help them become smart spenders. It will also help them form a foundation for building good credit later in life.
Listen Here: As home prices go up, you can cut costs by moving into a tiny house or a mobile home. Tiny houses are the most affordable, but not everyone can handle a tiny living space. If you’re considering downsizing or finding a more affordable home, you can start by comparing and contrasting these two styles.
When your spouse passes away, you will have to collect legal documents, uncover and calculate your spouse’s personal debts, and determine which of your joint financial obligations now belong to you. However overwhelming it may seem, the following steps can help you gain control over your finances and protect your credit score.