5 Ways to Repair Bad Credit Yourself
The very first step you need to take to repair bad credit, is to focus on paying all of your bills on time. At the same time, begin reducing credit cards and other loans you may have. Using certain credit building tools may help too.
It’s a lot tougher to repair your bad credit than it is starting to establish new credit. You’re now in a more difficult position of trying to convince credit card issuers and other lenders that you can be an acceptable credit risk.
Even though you’ve messed up before and got behind on your payments, you have to convince them that you will do everything in your power to change your ways.
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10 Tips to Get Out of Debt and Keep You Out
Whether you want to get out of debt or want to avoid it, what matters is you’re inspired to be better. But how do you start? Well, I’m here to help you with that! Today I bring you 10 tips that will help you get out of debt and keep it that way. If you make life habits out of these tips, you will never have to deal with the headache and stress of debt ever again.
- Check Your Statements Regularly
If you want to get out of debt, you need to start paying attention to detail. You won’t notice things such as a recurring fee on your credit card bill for that gym you don’t go to anymore if you don’t check your statement regularly. If you monitor your personal finances like a hawk, you won’t ignore View full post…
10 Personal Money Management Concepts High Schools Should Teach
Personal money management topics are highly neglected in the school system and I believe this is something we all should be very concerned about. Our children grow up with virtually no concept of personal money management, the importance of money, or what to do with it when they have it.
It’s a mistake to rely only on parents to teach their children these things because many parents don’t practice good personal money management themselves. It’s a vicious cycle and it needs to be broken.
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COVID-19 scammers using phishing tactics
(BPT) – While you take care to limit social interactions and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you also need to take steps to protect your finances and identity. COVID-19 scammers are now taking advantage of the current pandemic to lure victims in with new phishing scams.
“We know consumers are managing their money and finances online, so it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of smart security practices,” says Vice President of Security at Navy Federal Credit Union, Chip Kohlweiler. “Being proactive and learning about your security is a great step toward keeping your accounts and information safe. There’s a good chance your bank or credit union has resources available for you to learn about how to identify View full post…
Finally a Solution to Online Tax Preparation That Makes Sense
Now that you’ve decided to take advantage of the online tax preparation method of filing your income tax return, you need to select one of the tax vendors from the many listed in the search results.
You really need to select the one that will best supply your needs, and this will involve some research on your part. This guide may be of help to you as well. We’re assuming that you haven’t filed a tax return online before, so you may not be 100% certain on the services that you may need.
There are various factors to consider, as well as tax documents you need to have in hand before you start to look for an online tax filing service. Get all of your tax documents together such as W-2’s, 1099’s, and any other information that was sent to you.
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How to break through the financial conversation barriers with your partner
(BPT) – For most people, personal finances are a private matter. When you are in a relationship, it can be difficult to discuss this typically taboo subject of a financial conversation. Whether you have been married for years or are just beginning to date, fear of your partner judging your financial choices (big or small) runs deep.
Money challenges can create stress and cause walls to form in a relationship. Financial conflicts have even worse repercussions. Tackling the topic head-on can lead to a deeper understanding of each other’s financial history, emotions and goals for the future.
In fact, talking about personal finance, while not a particularly romantic topic of conversation, builds intimacy in any relationship, according to View full post…
COVID-19 relief: Overview of the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. In addition to funding the health care fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the roughly $2 trillion legislation provides much-needed financial relief to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments during the pandemic. Here are some of the key provisions for individuals and businesses.
Economic Impact Payments
The CARES Act provides one-time direct Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,200 for single filers or heads of households; married couples filing jointly can receive up to $2,400. An additional payment of up to $500 is available for each qualifying child under age 17. View full post…
5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips to Simplify Filing Your Taxes
It’s a known and unfortunate fact that most individuals aren’t too efficient when it relates to tax return filing. We offer these free online tax preparation tips to help those who are disorganized and/or unprepared. Many are stressed out because they are not organized and it doesn’t have to be that way.
- A checklist can be a big help in getting organized.
Making use of a good checklist will guide you in organizing all of the correct documents that you need. This one free tax return filing tip alone can make sure that you don’t miss any required details. Did we mention less stress? Getting your required documentation organized will allow you to View full post…
How to File Your Taxes Online Faster with These Tips
There are many reasons to look for tax filing help, especially if you’re not sure how to file your taxes online. Many individuals feel that the tax laws are very complicated, and they’re simply not comfortable in filing their own tax returns.
For these individuals, tax filing help can come from a couple of sources. One option is going to a tax preparer and having him/her prepare your tax return. This may appear to be the easiest way out of your dilemma; however, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the return. Plus, the high fees can be a turn-off.
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5 retirement questions to ask before ‘How much should I save?’
(BPT) – How do I plan for a comfortable retirement? This question is top of mind for many Americans. Yet how to afford that dream retirement remains a mystery to most. According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2019 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 42% of working-age people have tried to calculate just how much they need to save to live comfortably in retirement.
But “how much money you need to retire” is not the only retirement questions you should be asking — and not even the initial one. There are a few key questions you should consider first to help determine what “retirement” means to you, which will help paint a clearer picture of that magic savings number. Before you pull out your calculator, consider these View full post…