Most people borrow money at some point in their lives, but many may not realize that having the right kind of debt – and paying it off as promised – can show money management smarts rather than poor spending habits. Here’s how to sort the good from the bad when it comes to owing money.
What is good debt?
Think of good debt as an essential element to making substantial purchases you can’t otherwise afford now but should help you produce value later, such as paying for coll... [More]
Unfortunately, debt has become a way of life in the United States, with American consumers owing an overwhelming total of $11.68 trillion as of April 2014. That debt comes from multiple sources, including credit cards, mortgages and student loans. If you’re struggling to manage your multiple debt payments, you may want to consider debt consolidation.
Why debt consolidation is important
Managing debt from several sources can get complicated quickly. With so many bills due at different times... [More]
Establishing a healthy credit history is a responsible action of mature adult and very important to ensure a financially bright future. With the escalating costs of goods and services, it is critical you work towards this goal. In a previous blog, I wrote about five actions that help your credit score, but what about behaviors that hurt your credit score? Ask yourself if any of the following five situations pertain to you.
1. Missing a Creditor Payment
This may sound like a no brainer, but miss... [More]