Most Common Credit Card Scams & How to Avoid Them

Most Common Credit Card Scams & How to Avoid Them

The credit card has become a popular currency in the modern world. But with the rise of credit card use also comes the risks of credit card scams and fraud. And even now with the taunted safer EMV chip credit cards that replaced magnetic stripes cards, scammers, hackers and frauds are still able to find ways to execute their malicious plans.

The modus on credit card frauds and scams range from simple to sophisticated. That one time you ate at a restaurant and the waitress took away your card for a quick swipe can be the perfect opportunity to copy your […] Read more

Title Loans are Predatory: Avoid Them at All Cost

Title Loans are Predatory: Avoid Them at All Cost

Title loans are short term, high interest emergency loans that are easy to qualify for because of their loose loan application requirements. All you need is a government issued ID and a title for a paid off vehicle. That’s it. Your credit score doesn’t matter, your income doesn’t matter, even your debt-to-income ratio is utterly irrelevant to title loan providers. Their business model is, quite literally, designed to squeeze desperate borrowers for as much money as they possible can and if they can’t cover the loan, they take their vehicle.

We can’t say why title loans are legal to begin with, […] Read more

The Best Car Insurance Companies to Protect Your Car

The Best Car Insurance Companies to Protect Your Car

You’ve probably dreamed of getting your own car when you turn into a self-sufficient adult. Having a vehicle provides so many perks, but what many people also tend to overlook that it also comes with a lot of responsibilities. One of which is to make sure that you’re financially capable for any event that can happen when you’re driving the car.

So, when you think of getting a car, you must also think of getting car insurance. You shouldn’t get one without the other. Since accidents happen even to the best and most careful of drivers, the consequences can result in […] Read more

Credit Cards vs Personal Loans: Which is Better?

Credit Cards vs Personal Loans: Which is Better?

There are more forms of financing available than ever before. Apart from the cash you have at hand, you can use credit cards or personal loans to fill the gap in cash shortages. Many people use the credit card and treat it like a currency alternative to cash, while others also take personal loans to meet financial needs.

While it may be easy just to pick one and choose between a credit card and personal loan, there are several things to consider. First, both provide quick relief for financial shortages, but it also depends on how much need you, how soon […] Read more

How to Finance a Small Business

How to Finance a Small Business

So, you have a good idea for a new business, you’ve curated a business plan to its smallest details, and you have the mindset to succeed. The only problem now is where to get the funds to get started.

According to Small Business Trends, 82% of new entrepreneurs acquire startup business financing from their savings through loans from family and friends. Unfortunately, many mainstream lenders aren’t very keen on lending thousands of dollars in capital for a startup business. For them, it’s a huge risk to take because startup businesses haven’t proven anything yet.

Whether you like it or not, any new […] Read more

8 Tips For Starting an Emergency Fund

8 Tips For Starting an Emergency Fund

What would you do if you suddenly lost your job today, or have fallen ill for a couple of weeks and you’re not able to go to work? What if you find out that you urgently need to repair the leaking pipes in your basement or replace a portion of your roof after a storm?

The truth is this: we will all encounter an urgent, unexpected expense at one point or another. No matter how prepared we feel, life will always surprise us in unexpected ways.

But another sad truth: Americans don’t have enough money set aside for emergencies.

According to a survey […] Read more

7 Ways to Budget For the Holidays

7 Ways to Budget For the Holidays

It’s almost the season to be merry. As the holidays approach, people spend without reproach. The merriment in the air spreads right through your wallet, tempting you to buy, share and give gifts to make others happy. This is after all, the season of giving. In which case, it almost always implies that you need to spend, perhaps, more than the usual months of the year.

It’s great to play Santa and all, giving thoughtful gifts and hosting fun parties. But come to think of it: how many times in the past years did you go overboard and spent more for […] Read more

8 Ways to Make the Most Out of a Pay Raise

8 Ways to Make the Most Out of a Pay Raise

Congratulations! You finally got that well-deserved raise! After all, you spent the last several years working for the company and dedicated your skills, knowledge, and expertise to your job. Your boss finally noticed and acknowledged all the hard work that you do, and starting on your next payday, your salary is going to be higher than usual.

Getting a raise is one of the best things that can happen to your career. Although projections say that the average pay raise in the US for 2018 hovers around 3%, while well-performing employees get around 4.5% t0 5% increase, it’s still a raise.

If […] Read more

9 Tips to Help Your Child Build Credit

9 Tips to Help Your Child Build Credit

Many years ago, your child was just a baby who has not a single worry in the world. As the years pass by, your child gets older and older and it would be just a couple of years before they leaves the nest for the real world. By this time, your desire as a parent is that your child is equipped enough to face the mounting responsibilities, especially when it comes to their finances.

Like most people say, “teach them young,” and you want to do the same when it comes to your child’s financial management. When it’s time for them […] Read more

Home Loan Tips: Everything You Need to Know About Home Mortgage Loans

Home Loan Tips: Everything You Need to Know About Home Mortgage Loans

Buying a home is going to be one of the biggest purchases that most people will ever make. Most mortgages are for 15 or even 30 years and you’re financing hundreds of thousands of dollars over that time frame. You want to learn everything you possibly can to not only make yourself look like a great candidate to lenders, but also so you can save as much money as possible. Spend some time reading up on everything you need to know about home mortgages and catch the home loan tips at the end that can save you tens of thousands […] Read more