Six Things Your Credit Card Company Doesn’t Want to Tell You

-Six Things Your Credit Card Company Doesn’t Want to Tell You

 

GUEST POST By Josh Wilson, a Millennial who hates credit cards and all banking fees ever created. Josh is looking to be thought leader with his new blog: Family Faith Finance.

 

On a national level, Americans owe about $1 trillion in credit card debt. If you break up the puzzle pieces, the average American household owes somewhere around $8,377 in credit card debt according to 2016 statistics.

 

Before credit cards, if you couldn’t afford something, you simply didn’t get it. But, banks and credit card companies wanted to create a system for people to buy the things they need between paychecks. After a while, those needs became wants, and the downward spiral of thousands and thousands borrowed continues today.
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What Are The Best Ways for You to Pay Down Student Debt

Kill your student debt

This is a guest post from my friend Jacob over at Dollar Diligence.  He shows us some tips to crushing your student debt.  As you’ll read student debt is getting way out of hand these days.  I was lucky enough to graduate without any debt, but I know many people aren’t so fortunate.

Jacob writes from the perspective of an American citizen but most of these strategies and tips can be applied to people from all over the world.

Without further ado, take it away Jacob..

What Are the Best Ways for You to Pay Down Student Debt?

The student debt crisis in the United States has been growing in size and has become especially problematic. The United States Federal Reserve cites that nearly 44 million adults around the country owe about $1.4 trillion in debt from old college loans. More than 10 percent of them are at least 90 days delinquent on their payments as they are being expected to pay hundreds of dollars each month.

The expenses that come with student loans can be rather high and worrisome. But even with these problems, there are a number of things that you can do to keep your student loan debts under control.

 

Pay More Than the Minimum

The first thing you can do is to pay more for your student debt than the minimum payment. As you pay off more money on your loan, the total that is owed will be reduced. This means that the interest being added onto your loan will be reduced just as well, what with there being less money to compound.

For instance, if you were to pay an added $200 per month on your loan then you could potentially reduce the total cost of your loan by about $5,000 over the course of a three or four-year period. This comes as you are reducing the principal balance while also reducing accumulated interest expenses.

 

Cover High-Interest Loans First

Next, you should pay off your high-interest loans as soon as possible. As you pay off high-interest loans first, you will reduce the added interest costs down the road.

It is true that by paying off the higher-value loans at the start, you may end up taking more time to get the principal balance paid off. This is especially true if your highest interest loans also have the highest balances. But still, the savings that come with paying off those interest charges will certainly be worthwhile for your long term financial health.

 

Repay Private Loans First

Federal student loans typically have a number of protections. These include protections where the interest rate is fixed while forbearance or deferment plans may be included on some loans. Loan forgiveness programs are also available to those who work in public service.  Although the terms will vary based on the particular options you take out.

The benefits and protections of such loans are appealing. However private student loans do not have such benefits. If anything, they often have unpredictable rates that might be higher in value than what a federal loan offers. The lack of insurance or other delayed payment features on such loans could especially be a significant problem. Therefore, it is best to play it safe and pay off those private loans before you work on your federal or public loans.

 

Think About Refinancing Student Debt

The last tip to consider is student loan refinancing. This can be done online or at some local bank branches if you are eligible. Before reading further, you should know that you should not refinance federal student loans if you need the protections mentioned above.

To qualify for private student loan refinancing you must get credit approval from a bank or online financial services company. This includes an analysis of your payment and credit history. Depending on your history, you may be able to get a new loan that has a lower interest rate attached to it. This in turn reduces the general cost associated with paying off your loan. It may also be easier for you to cover your loan cost if you are able to get multiple loans into the same package. Moreover, managing one loan versus multiple loans is a little easier from an organization perspective.

 

Don’t Give Up

No matter what happens, you should never give up when trying to manage your student loan debt. Repaying student loan debt is most often a marathon, and not a sprint. That said, don’t be afraid to take a short cut.   Pay more than the minimum or refinance to a lower rate. After your debt is paid off, you can start investing for the future.

 

Jacob Evans paid down $25,000 in student loan debt in just 15 months. He chronicles his journey to financial independence over at Dollar Diligence. You can learn more @DollarDiligence.

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Why I Will Never Worry About Money Again

Sunday dreaming..

I was laying in bed on Sunday morning, doing utterly nothing but sitting there and looking out the window on the sunny day I would not be taking part in due to a hangover and recovering broken ankle.  I don’t know if it’s Korea or I’m just getting older, but the hangovers are horrendous these days.

Anyway, I checked my wallet to see the damage from the previous night.  

 

Score.  



I had managed to have a great night out on only $25.  Cheap drinks at the bars, and even cheaper from the convenience stores.  You can drink freely in public in this wondrous land.
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Rules of Money and Life.. From a Fictional Society

To Boldly go where no man has gone before..

I don’t consider myself much of a nerd.  Never got into video games too deep, and I didn’t ever find comic books as too enticing.  Honestly I don’t believe I’ve seen the full set of original Star Wars movies, and I’ve maybe seen one original Star Trek episode.

One could argue I am a bit of a nerd for finance, though.

 

Recently I came across a list of rules regarding business.  The ironic part, is that they are based on a society of ultra-capitalist aliens from the fictional TV series, Star-Trek.  The list is called the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.  Ferengi is the name of a race of aliens or whatever they are on the show.
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Why I Save and Invest

What’s your why?..

I’ve had many sales jobs.  At the beginning of any career they tell you to decide on a ‘why’.  They tell you to do this because point blank they will also tell you, your job is going to fucking suck some days.  A lot of days if you’re good at what you do.

 
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