Reprinted courtesy of SavvyMoney.
by Jean Chatzky
There’s a lid on the amount of debt you can comfortably take on, generally tied to your income. Too much, and you’ll quickly find yourself in a bind. Here’s how to land on your sweet spot.
Reprinted Courtesy of “It’s a Money Thing”
Like local car dealerships and personal injury law firms, short-term and payday lenders tend to have the most annoying commercials on TV. They’re often tacky and annoying, and tend to air during daytime talk shows or very late at night. Their promises of “fast cash!”, “guaranteed approval!” and no “credit check required!” are enough to make you change the channel—and yet, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to get your hands on some extra money fast, those commercials might start making sense to you.
Set Specific Goals
Saving tends to be easier when you have a certain purpose in mind: Saving for your first house, retirement at a certain age, a child’s college education, or even a trip around the world. The important thing is to be specific.
You’re the Inspiration for Our New Inspire Card
When we designed our new MasterCard credit card, it seemed right to name it the Inspire, because we are inspired by the dedication and creativity of the educational community each and every day.
If you’re a school employee and haven’t checked out our School Employee MasterCard®, we hope you’ll give it a closer look, because it’s designed specifically with you in mind. Here are just a few benefits that we think make it pretty special.
If you’re shopping around for a credit card, you’ve probably noticed that there are plenty of options on the market today. Low-interest, balance transfer, rewards, cash back, airline- and hotel-specific cards, retail cards, student cards, business cards…the list is endless. So how do you find the credit card that’s right for you?
Think fast: what’s the most recent financial decision you made? You likely won’t have to think too far back.
You want to raise your credit score so you can get lower credit card interest rates, easier credit, even better job prospects? You need to understand “credit utilization.” It’s a simple ratio of how much credit you have versus how much you use, and it can make up to 20-30% of your credit score.
You probably know that student debt is a trillion dollar problem, but it doesn’t have to be a problem for you. The key is to borrow only what you can afford and pay it back fast and cheap. Here are Jean Chatzky’s favorite tips.
No matter where the road may take you, there are ways to plan smart, save money and keep your finances secure while you’re away. Here are some tips to make your future journeys more enjoyable.
Travel Planning: DIY or Travel Agent?
Thanks to the Internet, many consumers have become well-versed in online vacation shopping to snag the best travel deals. However, sometimes you may want to consider using the services of a travel agent, which can be a real time-saver, and in general, costs about the same as a do-it-yourself booking. Getting that expertise may be worth it when you have specific travel dates and destinations in mind for a special getaway, and you can sometimes save a lot on airline and hotel costs. And don’t forget the travel benefits that may come with your credit card. For instance, SchoolsFirst FCU MasterCard® Rewards Card1 offers both the MasterCard Concierge Service, designed to help you plan and book travel, and Priceless Cities, which offer one-of-a-kind deals on hotels, restaurants and shopping. Both are free.