Tagged With "Debt"

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The American Dream v2.0

Rob Loftus ·
Out With The Old And In With The New The American Dream. A house in the suburbs, 2.5 children, fancy car in the driveway and a job with a pension and gold watch. This may sound a little bit outdated, but it’s still the structure, on the whole, of the American Dream. However, there has always been one flaw in this dream. DEBT. 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and are literally two paychecks away from losing everything. When this happens, and it does, people find themselves losing...
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What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

Briana ·
It's been a long journey of boosting my credit score - I'm currently signed up with Credit Sesame and get tons of helpful tips from them on how I can do this more effectively. But my question is - is it better to pay off credit cards slowly or all at once?
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Deven ·
If you can afford to, all at once ! It stops the bleeding immediately. By bleeding, I mean all the interest that's tacked on each month. If you can't do it all at once, definitely cut off the highest interest one first, by paying the minimum payment required on the lower interest rates and throwing the excess on the highest interest one. Once you've reached zero balance on a card, just leave it at $0. You don't need to use it and you definitely shouldn't close it because closing that account...
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Men On A Budget ·
Great Question! According to the research that I've done and my experience with helping people remove errors from credit reports, the more you pay and the sooner will reduce your utilization rate the moment it posts (subject to next update of credit reporting) so "all at once" would quicken that for you. The rest of the factors, as you will read in this recap article, are not affected. The sooner you pay the less interest you are paying; however, to avoid needing credit and having to pay...
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Briana ·
@Deven @Adam thank you, thank you! These are great tips. I actually looked into a balance transfer card to cut out the interest for a certain number of months - that way it holds me accountable to actually pay off the card by that time.
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Wen Dee ·
I was told to negotiate with the creditor , many debts are sold for pennies on the dollar and the credit company sometimes will settle for a lower amount. Can't hurt to ask, never know what the company will say.
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Drumtrip ·
@Briana I used to work for a credit card company! Some of the best ways to quickly boost credit scores. 1) Don't close credit cards, especially your oldest one. Instead you can just shred the card if you never intend to use it. This keeps your credit line open on your credit report. 3) Ensure you have enough credit, this sounds counter intuitive but having the right amount of credit in good standing shows that you can handle it and helps in the algorithm, even if you pay it off every month.
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Briana ·
These are all great tips! Thank you so much! I was always questioning whether I should close one of my cards or not, so now I have my answer.
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Drumtrip ·
@Briana It is a balance, you want to keep your credit utilization low, you don't want to have too much credit, and you don't want to have too little If you have too much then closing an account is fine, just don't close the oldest one, that is actually a factor in calculating your score (at least in the older models). I suggest using something like creditwise from Capital One, its free, you don't have to have an account with them and it gives you tips!
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Kirsten Cherry ·
I was always told to stay away from credit cards. Even as an adult, I had moved out of the house and lived on my own for 7 years without having a credit card. So what I struggle with is lack of credit. I got my first credit card a year ago and then a few months after that, I bought my first car that required a loan. I have a decent score but hardly any history. I guess I just have to play the waiting game?
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AverageJoe ·
All at once is the best way to go! We did it, and we've never regretted it for a minute. We'd rather have that money going into the bank every month than into interest to another bank for what we borrowed. After the crash, the banks raised everyone's interest rates with promises to lower the rates. This wasn't the case. By taking away that interest payment on what you had borrowed, you're not only showing that you can get out of debt, you're showing your disapproval with the way they lied...
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Day 4: Pay Off Debt (28 Days of Financial Fitness Challenge)

Moore Income ·
Before I begin, I would like to take a moment to say, if you do not have any debt, I sincerely congratulate you! In this day and age, it is difficult to survive without going into some form of debt. Credit card debt, student loans, mortgages, medical debt, and the list goes on and on. The fact is, nobody likes debt but it has become a part of our every day lives. Personally, from a young age I was taught not to get into debt. My parents bought there first home cash when they got out of the...
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FreebiePharm ·
There are also credit score stimulators online which can help you when debating how quickly and how much you want to pay off. For instance, you can plug in reducing your debt by $1,000 v. $5,000 and it will tell you how much your score will go up. Great for planning whether you want your money to go towards debt or emergency funds.
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FreebiePharm ·
Some banks are flexible with this such as Discover. Others such as Chase will not lower your APR. I recently negotiated with Discover and they agreed to do a 6 month hardship at 9.99%, which is nearly half my previous APR. It has really helped me zero in on paying off that debt!
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Re: Debt Pay Down Tool - Now THIS is Cool!!!

Bonnie Squires ·
thank you this is my biggest thing now credit card debt and a light bill from our old place than my house payment
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Re: Debt Pay Down Tool - Now THIS is Cool!!!

FreebiePharm ·
I LOVE Bankrate! It allows me to visualize my paydown plan and edit as I need!
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Debt Pay Down Tool - Now THIS is Cool!!!

Men On A Budget ·
Without question, the biggest budget buster than my wife and I uncovered in our Penny Hoarder journey was the ridiculous amount of credit card debt and the accumulation of interest being charged on the interest, month after month. Have you added up the total of minimum payments and the amount of interest alone from just one month? We were aghast at how many of today and tomorrow's dollars were going to pay for yesterday's expenses... hundreds and hundreds of dollars each month. We found a...
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Re: Payday loans - essential or evil?

Moore Income ·
I personally have never used a payday loan. However, I think they ultimately are hurting people when it comes to managing money. I can see how in some cases there may be a need for one but I don't think they should become something that anyone should rely on. The idea of getting your money now instead of waiting creates an attitude of instant gratification and if you are not careful, can lead to much deeper financial issues. Developing a mindset of getting everything "now" will only...
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Nicole ·
I have never taken out a payday loan & never intend to, as I believe that they are EVIL. I have heard that the interest is extremely unreasonable & it seems that these places pray on people that are unable to get credit for various reasons that need some sort of immediate help. It seems that they are located in some of the poorest areas of town with a lot of vulnerable people in the neighbourhood. That & cheque cashing places that charge extremely high fees. The government...
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Former Member ·
I was listening to The Indicator podcast the other day, which focused on payday loans. It shared the story of a woman who got a payday loan when she had a financial emergency, but then it spiraled out of control when she could never catch up after taking out that one loan. She explained that she would use a credit card to pay off a loan, then a new loan to pay the credit card, and so on and so forth. She's in a better situation now, but it helped put into perspective how an emergency...
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Re: Payday loans - essential or evil?

Vivienne Stephen ·
These loans are absolutely predatory and evil. They are concentrated in poor minority neighborhoods to take advantage of people who historically, have little or no access to credit. They are yet another tax on the poor. I include the rent-to-own stores and the buy-here pay-here car lots in that category as well.
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Arthur Pember ·
I have never had to take a payday loan, but I believe they are a financial tool that serves a need for un-banked or under-banked persons. The purveyors of these loans do not and could not remain in business by servicing customers who use the loan products to provide a stop gap in an emergency. The purveyors prosper by enslaving the customers to long periods of indenture paying increasing interest to service the loans. I actually compare the companies to drug dealers, bar owners, and casino...
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Bonnie Squires ·
I never had to use a pay day loan but fro hearing my daughter store. I would never use them. It took her about 2 to 4 months to pay her loans off. to me they just use people that are poor or can't get a real loan.
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Caroline Jones ·
I have used payday loans,unfortunately. However they got me out of a difficult situation..My goal is always pay it off asap.
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KerryE ·
Years ago I was stuck in a vicious cycle of payday loans. The only way I got out from under it was to borrow less and less each time I repaid/reapplied. Took me several weeks but I got away from them and never looked back. They are like escaping an abusive relationship. LOL
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AnnieB ·
Payday loans prey on the poor and minority population. They are evil. Source: I used to work for one. Quit the job because I could no longer live with myself. We were taught to battle objections for paying back the loan. We had an entire BINDER on collections practices. I have seen employees take checks to the bank to convert the check to a cashier's check when clients did not come in to pay the loan. I have seen employees who would ask the questions of bank tellers, "Is this check good? If...
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Adam ·
I would like to see post offices adopt more financial services so that payday loans would become obsolete
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Former Member ·
@Adam I love that idea, except our post office locations would have to increase their hours and their counter staff to make that work without frustrating the masses! I recently learned that some check-cashing/payday loan stores are open 24 hours. No wonder busy, stressed people go there - it's convenient as heck.
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Adam ·
I'd love to see the USPS expand its staff. I think it's also a good way for the USPS to respond to technological changes in the industry. I don't know if they would have to necessarily increase hours. I didn't check, but aren't banking hours and USPS hours pretty much the same already? The biggest reason I think those payday loan providers exist is because they are in areas where banks don't want to operate.
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Payday loans - essential or evil?

Former Member ·
Have you ever taken out a payday loan? These short term loans have been discussed a lot in the news lately because federal plans to restrict payday lending (basically, a lender would have to prove you can probably pay the loan before giving it out) have been shelved for now. A lot of people say payday loans are evil because of their fees - some have interest as much as 700% . But others say they're essential for people who are unbanked or underbanked, meaning they manage their money outside...
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Re: SUMMONS

Moore Income ·
@Sango could you elaborate more on what you are referring to when you say a "summons to pay off debt"? Are you referring to someone being ordered by a court to pay off debt?
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Sango ·
A debt collector has sent a server to my home to give me a summons from a debt collector. I need help in providing an Answer to the summons. That is my concern. How do I reply to said summons?
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Moore Income ·
@Sango this is not an issue I am very familiar with and I of course am no lawyer. But there is hope! Google to the rescue! I found this article detailing how to respond in 3 easy steps . Also this one about answering a civil summons . Hope this helps somewhat! If you need more info, just type this search term in google: " how to respond to a summons from a debt collector "
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Sango ·
😮 WOW...thanks so much.
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SUMMONS

Sango ·
Does anybody know of a book that one can use to give an answer to a summons to pay a debt?
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Re: The Snowball Method for Paying Off Debt

Robert Kidd ·
Debt reduction
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Melissa ·
I'm a fan of the avalanche method too, but I would love to hear how people like use the snowball method. Pros vs Cons? As for helpful tips, I would say it helps me to physically write down every transaction I spend money on: groceries, gas, lunch out. This way I don't forget about the purchase and I can add up the totals at the end of each week. It's almost like a competition to see how little I can spend and the left over money does towards paying off my debt.
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Savvy Susie ·
The avalanche method is best. Why? Because the goal is not only to reduce your debt but to pay the least amount for carrying that debt. The snowball method can cost you more to use depending on your combined debt and the monthly interest payments you accrue.
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Re: The Snowball Method for Paying Off Debt

jenakle ·
Vertex42 has a great spreadsheet for comparing which method is going to save you more long term, and includes the ability to customize it (like paying a small one off first, then tackling a higher interest rate). I've tweaked it by copying the estimated pay off dates to the bottom and enjoy seeing the pay off dates reduce as I add extra money each month. I also love their monthly budget and checkbook register spreadsheets! https://www.vertex42.com/Calcu...tion-calculator.html
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Former Member ·
I've used both methods, and have found that when I REALLY need the motivation to keep going, the snowball method works best for me. While I might end up paying slightly more than if I used the avalanche method, the snowball method helps me see wins faster - which helps me stay motivated to roll that amount over to another debt once the first bill is paid off.
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freensp70 ·
Hi, I am new to the site. I am deeply in debt and going through a divorce. I am trying to figure out basically how to get back on track and where to start. My husband handled the finances and I am trying to figure out how I am going to pay off my debt and keep my head above water. Any suggestions of where to start would be great. Thanks.
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The Snowball Method for Paying Off Debt

Moore Income ·
I am curious to know if anyone here has used the Snowball Method for paying off debt and what the results were. I personally have done it a little differently (more like the avalanche method), only because certain credit cards I owe on are still under a "no interest" sign up bonus. To me the snowball method seems like a pretty effective way to do it. What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of these methods? What are some helpful tips you have used to pay off debt?
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Re: Senior Couple drowning in debt

Lyndsey ·
Maybe it’s time for a bankruptcy and a fresh start! I know it’s a last ditch effort, but why live the rest of your life in such debt? You can keep your home in most cases . It doesn’t cost a thing to look into it. If you or your husband are veterans, they have free financial help available to you.
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Birdman ·
Thank you Lindsey. Yes, I am a veteran. I guess our 3 choices are Tirle 7 bankruptcy since we have no assets but the house and a life insurance policy, a reverse mortgage, or a Home Equity loan. Not sure which would be best.
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Re: Senior Couple drowning in debt

Ray Taylor Tetreault ·
Birdman: You may have problems with a reverse mortgage. My understanding is that a home needs to be paid in full which my math is showing to be $98K (72+26) between current balance and equity loan. While your equity (assuming full market value, not including fees or interest) amounts to $87K, you may or may not qualify for another equity loan it would only shuffle debt, not really pay it since you are talking about $80k in unsecured debt. Bankruptcy may or may not be an option but be aware...
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Senior Couple drowning in debt

Birdman ·
We are in our late 60s but in good health and are drowning in debt. Our only asset is our home and what's in it. Car is leased. Our home is worth about $185,000.00 and we owe $72,000.00 on it plus have a home equity loan of $26,000.00. Our credit score is 700 and none of our many credit card and personal loan payments have ever been late. I have 1 personal loan of $85,000.00 from a friend at 6% interest that we now owe $29,000.00 for which the monthly pmt is $1,000.00. We need to pay this...
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Hello, to all

Karen White ·
My name is Karen. I am 69 years old, retired, and deep in debt which I am trying to pay off so I can be debt free. Not getting any where fast. When I worked I had no problems now that I am retired it is a struggle to say the least.
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Re: Hello, to all

Moore Income ·
Hello @Karen White nice to meet you! I understand the struggle of trying to pay off debt! Just when things seem to be getting under control, something else seems to come up and set you back. I just encourage you to not give up hope! It will take a lot of work and effort but it is possible. If there are any specific areas you could use help with or need any tips or pointers please don't hesitate to reach out here on the forum. There are lots of friendly folks who are willing to be of help in...
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Re: Payday loans - essential or evil?

Arthur Pember ·
Payday loan companies are responding to a market. They charge the high interest, because they can. Other than the unusually high rate they are not too much different than other companies that offer credit and loans. They all charge what ever the market will bear. Think of the actual rate of interest you pay on a credit card, if you only pay the minimum required amount. People who use their credit cards for convenience paying them off in the grace period or as quickly as possible pay little...
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Moore Income ·
@Arthur Pember I think the USPS already has their hands full enough trying to stay in business delivering packages and competing with other companies! You are right in the fact that they are similar in concept to a traditional loan. Unfortunately, the people who use payday loans consistently do so generally because they just don't have a good grasp on their finances. Without realizing it, they end up falling deeper and deeper into financial problems. I do believe there needs to be a little...
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