At the beginning of February 2023, the Bank of England decided to raise the base interest rate to 4%. This makes interest rates the highest they have been in the last 14 years. With fuel and utilities prices at a high and prices of food items increasing, people are struggling more than ever with managing debts. For […]
Personal financial advice for students
Personal finance as a term wasn’t brought up or even talked about amongst friends while I attended college 2 years ago. In fact, I only remember it vaguely discussed by professors. Many people in college have the responsibility to create their own income, to remain in college. Study full time, work part time, social life-no time. That time spent earning their way, whether it was for school or to have money to go out with friends, it was a meaningless burden to me. People like this understood personal finance better than I did after 4 ½ years majoring in Accounting and Finance.
Learning How to Budget Effectively
We all experience times when we get into debt – or, at least, more debt than we are comfortable with. It could have been an emergency situation like needing to pay for repairs to our home or needing to buy a new car to get us to work. But often enough it can be put down to bad spending habits – it is so easy to be tempted into spending more than we can reasonably afford, especially when we have some spare capacity on a credit card. But then the reality of having to pay off that debt hits hard and what we have to show for it is probably very little in the greater scheme of things.
Budgeting effectively requires steely determination, avoiding the shops and avoiding online shopping, especially late at night when we can make irrational decisions. It means only buying what you really need not all those extras that are not essential.
You Can Deal With Debt
Having a certain amount of debt is pretty much normal these days – many people have a home loan, car finance and a couple of credit cards. Often we don’t even think about that being debt – it’s just the way we live. But it’s when we start to struggle to meet our repayments that […]
Understanding Guarantor Loans
If you’ve recently been denied a bank loan and are struggling to make ends meet, you might be interested in other methods of borrowing to get the cash you desperately need. Some people are lucky enough to have wealthy family members or friends that can provide them with a cash advance with no interest required. However, needless to say, that option isn’t available to many people, and that means you might need to explore other options. Of course, you might be worried that you’ll have to risk your home in order to secure a loan, but that’s not the case if you apply for a guarantor loan. Guarantor loans are often more accessible to those with a poor credit score than bank loans, and the money you borrow can be paid back over a period of five years if you need to keep the monthly repayments manageable.
Ways to Quickly Reduce Debt
It is easy to become overwhelmed by debt and do nothing but worry about it but if you focus on just reducing the smallest debt first that is a great step in the right direction. The smallest debt will be the easiest to reduce so just concentrate on that first. Once you have paid off the smallest debt then you can move on to the next smallest debt and so on. This approach makes managing debt much more… well, manageable. And it really works in a way that trying to tackle a bit of every debt you hold each month. So forget paying off a small amount on each credit card each month – just pay the minimum on all but the smallest debt. Once that’s gone simply repeat the process.