Personal Finances – 4 Tips for Better Control

Personal Finances – 4 Tips for Better Control

4 Tips to Get Better Control Over Your Personal Finances

If you already know terms such as account balances, budget, credit score, debt retirement and retirement savings, then you’re on the right track to getting control over your personal finances.

Should these terms cause you angst, you’ll be glad to know that millions of people feel the same exact way as you. The National Endowment for Financial Education found 75 percent of millennials feel anxiety about their personal finances. The NEFE was set up in 1972 as a non-profit to educate Americans to help them make better financial choices and improve themselves.

A good number of millennials hesitate to get control over their finances. To them, personal financing is done at a full-out run. It doesn’t have to be that way. Minute changes in how you approach your finances can have a significant impact on your View full post…

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10 Personal Money Management Concepts

10 Personal Money Management Concepts

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.

We all benefit from learning about the basic concepts of personal money management from an early age. Of course, it’s never too late, but money education should begin in the early grades and progress throughout high school. It’s the only way to prepare these kids for college and the real world.

Here are the 10 core personal money management concepts high schools should be teaching:

  1. Budgeting

Every graduating high school student should understand budgeting and know how to apply it effectively to their personal finances. Sure, they don’t have many resources to manage at this stage in their lives, but they still need to be able to budget. They will need it sooner rather than later, so it’s important to introduce them not only to the concept, but also to the available budgeting tools.

  1. Loans & Borrowing

Loans and borrowing are another important core concept that students need to understand. After all, they’ll be exposed to student loans very soon and they need to understand interest rates as well as the repercussions of not paying their loans on time. Providing the knowledge of loans and borrowing now will allow them to make good choices in the future. Applying for a mortgage when buying their first home can really be a big eye-opener.

  1. Use of Credit Cards

Most adults don’t understand how to properly use credit cards, so why do high schools assume that it’s not essential to teach children about it? Buying things now and paying for them later may seem simple enough, but when you max out your card and you don’t have the money to pay, you get yourself into a vicious cycle. This can be avoided if kids are taught proper credit card use from an early age!

  1. Good Credit Score

This is another very important personal money management concept everyone should learn from an early age. Having a good credit score and maintaining it throughout your life will have a positive effect on many aspects. It determines the credit cards and loans you’ll be able to obtain, your interest rate, and it will even improve your chances of getting a job.

  1. Interest Rates

Interest is discussed very vaguely in most math courses, but it’s never explained in a way that’s applicable to real life. Students need to be taught how interest rates can affect them and how to navigate them. Especially when it comes to loans and borrowing, because interest rates will determine if they’re getting a good deal or not.

  1. Debt

No one wants to be in debt, which is why it’s so important our children are taught how to avoid it, if possible. College tuition is high and student loans are increasing, so it’s very easy for students to accumulate high debt that will take them many years, or even a lifetime, to pay up. Having a better understanding of debt will allow students to avoid the most common traps and steer away from it or at least handle it intelligently.

  1. Insurance

Insurance is rarely discussed in high school and never expanded upon, but it’s a very important concept because we absolutely need it. Most students are vaguely aware they need auto insurance for their car, but they may not understand what it covers, what the benefits are, and why all states require it. Most adults don’t fully understand the concept of insurance either, so it’s important for students to be exposed to the subject. Understanding the types of insurance policies available, why they’re necessary, and how they work is key to purchasing the right ones and staying safe.

  1. Saving for Retirement

Young people don’t think seriously about retirement simply because it’s too far away. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that saving for retirement is an important concept to understand as soon as possible. Setting aside a small amount of money every month for retirement will allow young people to create a sizable net to fall on when the time comes. The sooner you start, the earlier you’ll be able to retire. Imagine that!

  1. Stocks, Bonds and Investment

Saving money and managing it is important, but so is investing it intelligently and securely. That’s why it’s so important children understand stocks, bonds and investment from an early age. The topic of investment is covered to some degree in school, but I believe it should be an important part of the curriculum. Learning how to make money grow through investment is not simple; the more resources our children have, the better decisions they’ll be able to make in the future.

  1. Taxes

Last but certainly not least, is the concept of taxes, which has a huge impact on our lives. Children hear about taxes from adults, but not enough to fully understand why they exist, how they should be assessed or how to use them. It’s when they get their first paycheck and see social security, Medicare, federal, state, and local taxes deducted from their earnings, does it hit them. That’s wrong! They should know much sooner. Understanding taxes allows us to manage and budget our money more effectively, which is why it’s so important we give our children this knowledge.

I don’t deny the fact that some states have introduced courses about personal money management to some degree. What I believe is, there’s a greater effort that needs to be made. Every state should be required to introduce courses about these core concepts we’ve discussed today and have it be a part of the curriculum. Learning about personal money management truly makes a difference, so why not give our children the best possible chance for a sound and secure future?

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An Important Financial Conversation

An Important Financial Conversation

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.

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First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

There are many home buyer mistakes you need to be very careful to avoid

6 mistakes to avoid as a first-time home buyer

(OL) – Buying a home for the first time is a big deal.

To help you get ahead, we’ve outlined some first-time home buyer tips by calling out six of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid going into the purchase of your first home that could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration.

Mistake #1: not getting pre-approved

Many first-time buyers make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to get approved for a mortgage until they’ve found their dream home.

Unfortunately, that often ends up being too late.

These days, most sellers require that pre-approvals be submitted along with any offer, and, since your finances need to be vetted before the lender will agree to grant you a loan, this process can take days or even weeks.

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Borrowing for College Today – What You Need to Know

Borrowing for College Today – What You Need to Know

What You Must Know About Borrowing for College

The College fall semester is right around the corner and if plans haven’t been finalized on how you plan to pay for it, don’t delay. Especially if borrowing for college is necessary. College costs continue to increase and the average cost for just one semester at a public college is around $7,000.00 and around $13,000.00 at a private school. These amounts are after grants and scholarships.

To cover the cost remaining, many families use a combination of current income, savings, and loans. It’s highly recommended to borrow money only as a last resort. Some colleges allow you to pay some part of the balance in installments, so it’s a good idea to ask.

There are still many families that have no other choice but to borrow to cover some part of the cost. A survey done by Sallie Mae indicated that almost 42% borrowed some amount of money the past year.

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Tips for Saving Money – Create a Budget

Tips for Saving Money – Create a Budget Now

Tips for saving money - create a budgetLet’s begin by stating one important statistic…US citizens in general not very good savers. It’s a known fact and there’s no point in trying to white wash it. For the current year of 2016, the average rate of savings in America was 5.6%. Not very impressive. We offer these tips for saving money to change that.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the high income earners save a lot more of their income than the middle income earners. The middle income earners actually save a very small percentage of their incomes, practically nothing. Why is that? We all are aware that we need to be saving more, and yet we don’t.

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Personal Finance Software * Budgeting Tips

Will Personal Finance Software Solve My Financial Problems?

Personal finance software will helpMany people have been in this common situation before – you’re keeping your bills current or are ahead in your monthly payment loan. Payday rolls around and you get your paycheck and decide to treat yourself. You go out a few times, buy a few things (all small affordable purchases), and suddenly you wonder where the money went. A good personal finance software program would have been able to track those purchases.

We all are familiar with this situation and can relate to it. Budgeting is important no matter what your income level is. Using a good money management software program will make the process so much easier, plus it will provide many helpful reports. View full post…

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No Credit Check Loans | Fast Cash

The Alarming Truth about No Credit Check Loans

No credit check loans is one optionDo a search on the internet for no credit check loans, and you will be bombarded with all types of offers. From approvals in ninety (90) seconds to depositing up to $10,000.00 in your checking account in a matter of a few hours.

Individuals that have low credit scores, and/or bad payment records, are the ones that these online lenders seek out. Unfortunately, these same individuals are the ones that usually need emergency type loans, and they are often caught in the short term borrowing cycle.

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Tax Planning for 2017

Make These Moves Now For 2017 Tax Planning

Proper tax planning is essentialSo far this year, it hasn’t been a very good one for proper tax planning by investors, and it’s doubtful if we will see any positive changes by the end of the year. China has been struggling with their economic slowdown and declining oil prices have hit us as well. Couple that with the US economy that is still floundering about because of inept policies from the current administration, and it’s no wonder investment portfolios have been hammered.

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Personal Financial Software – Take Charge of Your Spending

What Should I Look For in Personal Financial Software?

Personal financial software helps to budget I’m sure we’ve all had this situation before: you take a look at your credit card or bank statement and stare at it in disbelief. “When the heck did I spend all that money,” you think. Situations like these aren’t particularly uncommon for virtually anyone in almost any financial situation, and they serve as good illustration of why good financial prudence is necessary.

However, good financial planning often isn’t as simple as “save as much money as possible” or “just pay off your credit cards”. Rather, financial planning is often a complex strategy designed to maximize your savings, eliminate your bad debt, and give you up to date access to your net worth now and in the future.

As such, personal financial software should not only be intuitive but also give you the tools you need to keep yourself financially stable.

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