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Is Some Debt Good For Your Credit?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Does debt improve credit?

There is no doubt about this, first of all: Getting into debt is more than capable of getting you into trouble. Although there is definitely a large downside to debt, borrowing money can also do you some good. Some debt is actually good for your credit, but only if you understand why, and how much debt is good in comparison to when your debt has become too much.

With the help of credit, you can achieve some of your financial goals. Debt allows you to take advantage of experiences and opportunities that enhance your life, like buying a car or purchasing your dream home, going to the best school or taking a cruise around the world. Getting the true value out of your credit has to do with developing a spending plan that allows you to get there in the time frame that you have set, without ruining you financially.

With the help of credit, you can send a message to potential lenders. If you have never had any debt, then you have never used credit before and will not have a credit score or a credit report to speak of. In today’s world, however, it is difficult if not completely impossible to live without credit, because credit is vital for purchasing most big ticket items, like higher education, vehicles and homes. Credit is also heavily relied upon for the purpose of preparing for life’s emergencies. For all of these reasons, having a good credit reputation is going to show potential lenders that you are a good and healthy credit risk by showing that you can handle a little bit of debt. By showing your capability to repay debt, you can put yourself in a good position to attract creditors offering favorable terms and rates.

Credit and debt are also capable of giving people a sense of how responsible you are. If you had no debt or credit history, you would find yourself being disadvantaged in other ways. Should a prospective employer check your credit record and come up empty for example, they may find this strange, and not want to hire you. Without a credit record, employers, lenders and other individuals lose out on a potential way to appraise who you are. Debt and credit are important for getting an apartment, applying for car insurance, buying a home, even sometimes renting a car. Even if you can afford to do some of these things, using debt and credit to create a history of how you handle money is an advantageous option in favor of just using cash for everything. Credit is not only a tool for extra income, but it is also a way to show lenders, employers and other individuals how responsible you are when it comes to borrowing, spending and repaying your money.

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Originally posted 2020-01-19 05:45:46. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Defining Your Budget and Crafting Your Financial Future

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

A budget or spending plan is a specific money management tool that is designed to put you in control of your spending, keeping you out of credit trouble and other financial trouble. Your budget is vital because it is your personal plan for spending the income that you have, making good use of your credit and otherwise managing your finances in an efficient and effective way. Many people incorrectly treat budgeting like dieting, where you’re forced to suffer in order to achieve your goals, but this simply is not the case. A budget, on the other hand, is like the speedometer on your car in that it is letting you know how fast or how slowly you are going so that you can adjust accordingly. Your budget lets you know how you are doing in terms of earning and spending, so that you can make the necessary adjustments.

What are your budgeting goals?

Most people are spending out of control without realizing it, which is why a budget is so important.

Here is a short list of some of the things that a budget can do for you:

– A personal budget can help you reach your financial goals, serving as a compass that keeps you on course and helps you put money aside so that you may reach your goals.

– A personal budget can help you control your money by allocating money for all of the different facets of your daily life, allowing you to better keep track of how your money is being used.

– A personal budget can help you to live within your means by showing you how your expenses compare to your incomes so that you can adjust things accordingly.

– A personal budget can help you to free up cash. One of the biggest bonuses that comes with budgeting is that you can decide how much you intend to spend, rather than spending all of your money on things you do not want or need, a budget will grant you the power to make smarter and better informed decisions regarding how you spend your money.

– A personal budget allows you to free up cash because an effective budgeting practice will involve your entire family and will help you come up with ways to free up money and better spend the money that you have.

– A personal budget can help you prepare for the unexpected, because you can put aside money every month for emergency expenses as part of your budget, and this will help you cover a variety of expenses including emergency auto repairs, medical bills and other expenses that come up unexpectedly.

– A personal budget can help you get out of debt, and even more importantly, stay out of debt once you are there. Budgeting will bring your expenses in line with your income, so you will stop adding to your debt.

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Originally posted 2020-01-15 05:33:43. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

What are your goals?

Setting goals is an important part of your personal finance plan. Goals can be divided into four unique categories that are relatively general in nature. These categories are short term goals, intermediate term goals, long term goals and life goals.

Short Term Personal Finance Goals –

These short term goals are most commonly the things that you want to have accomplished within a single year. These things may include taking a family vacation, beginning to invest money into your retirement plan, donating money to a charity, putting savings into your emergency fund, moving from a smaller apartment into a larger one, purchasing a sought after piece of jewelry o a new wardrobe, joining a local sports club, paring down your debt, or a number of other small, short term goals that relate in one way or another to your personal financial future.

Intermediate Term Personal Finance Goals –

The intermediate term goals in your life are the things that will take between one and five years for you to accomplish. These goals may include saving enough money to allow you to buy a brand new car, beginning a family, or paying all of your debt off completely.

Long Term Personal Finance Goals –

Long term personal finance goals are the goals that you will be accomplishing at least five years or more down the road. Some of the goals that fall into this category may include saving for your child’s education, starting up your own business, purchasing a home, purchasing a boat, or going into retirement, though there are a number of other goals that fit into this category as well.

Life Goals –

Life goals are personal finance focused goals that do not have a timeframe, primarily because you will probably never completely or fully achieve them. These are not always specifically money driven goals, but they are certainly life altering goals and relate to striving for something better. Some money driven life goals may include “Make more money” Or “grow my savings”, since these goals have no specific end or time frame.

As you begin to think about your own personal finance goals, you should try to put consideration into which of these categories each of the goals fits into. Fit all of your goals into the short term, intermediate term and long term categories, and then look at how your goals are categorized. You want to have an even number of goals in each category, rather than focusing too heavily on the now, or too heavily on the future. You should also make sure to have goals that do not require money, because not everything has to be material. But when it comes to planning for the future, having clear cut goals for your personal finances is a smart move and can help to ensure that you have your needs met financially throughout your life, no matter what obstacles are thrown at you, or how your needs change over time.

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Originally posted 2020-01-12 05:17:16. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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