How a $3,000 purchase can turn into one that costs you $6,641.
Credit cards sometimes make a purchase hard to pass up. For example, they make it possible to buy something for $3,000 and pay just $60 per month until it's paid off.
Most people can afford a $60 monthly payment, but what is often overlooked is how much you end up paying in interest. A common mistake people who are new to credit cards often make is paying just the minimum payment on their credit card bills. The small monthly minimum payments seem insignificant and comfortable in most budgets until you look closer at what your credit card debt is really costing you over time.
While gas prices continue to rise, half the people looking for a vehicle online are seeking out SUVs and trucks.
Last week the cost of oil hit the highest point since the recession started, and closed today over the $100-per-barrel mark. Fuel prices are still headed north too -- but that isn't stopping people from buying gas-guzzling SUVs, according to a new report from AutoTrader.com.
People choose not to because the next level of cuts requires a lot more effort or a noticeable lifestyle change.
I remember living with seven other people in our little apartment, wearing clothes from the thrift store, and the big sighs my mom made when I grew out of something too quickly. There were no such things as going on vacation, eating out or recreational spending.
I was a little luckier than Sandy, though, because my mom never got permanently injured. She did lose a finger in her factory, but was able to go back to work after a short leave. There was always plenty of food that we were able to get from foraging and/or from her urban garden.
This leads me to my topic of today's post. One of the things I often read in comments at many people's personal-finance sites is a statement similar to this one:
"I'm stuck. I'm already living a bare-bones budget and I still can't save.
Credit scores have a huge impact on personal finances, but many consumers don't know when or why they're used -- or even how they're compiled.
This post comes from Elizabeth Ody at partner site Bloomberg Businessweek.
About 67% of those surveyed incorrectly said that age is used in calculating credit scores, and a majority of those surveyed didn’t know that a landlord or a cell phone company may consider applicants' numbers in deciding whether to offer housing or service and at what price.
The GAO recommends changes to ensure that millions of savers' funds are protected.
This post comes from Neil Weinberg at partner site Forbes.com.
The nation's 401k retirement plans are riddled with conflicts of interest that are causing financial damage to tens of millions of savers, according to a Government Accountability Officereport released this week titled "Improved Regulation Could Better Protect Participants from Conflicts of Interest."
Those conflicts of interest involve undisclosed "revenue sharing," in which firms administering 401k programs receive fees from fund managers, record keepers, custodians and others, who pay to be included in the plans, the GAO says.
Some people can't handle their own finances and can pose a threat to your own. Here's how to identify and stand up to them.
The purpose of this blog post is to make you aware of the diverse array of haters and to arm you with a strong defense against their jealousy and ignorance.
Generally, you should avoid negative people who seek to steal your joy, light or whatever. But haters are often close family members and friends -- loved ones, if you will. As a result, it's hard to escape their misguidance.
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You'll find that haters are pretty crafty. They won't explicitly state that you shouldn't dream of becoming financially wealthy. Instead, they'll attempt to disguise their foolish opinions as wisdom.
The various haters we're about to discuss aren't necessarily terrible people. They're just terrible with money.
You don't want to take frugality to extremes when you're buying these essentials.
We're all looking to save a few dollars when prudent, but oftentimes we go too far.
Sometimes it's obvious when frugality goes too far -- like splitting two-ply toilet paper. Other times, it's not as clear-cut. Does it make sense to make your own laundry detergent by the 5-gallon drum? It depends.
There are, however, four things you shouldn't be cheap about.
Girl Scouts add another tactic to their powerhouse sales machine. Have they no mercy?
This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.
Those sweet-faced, cookie-peddling Girl Scouts have added another weapon to aid their blatant exploitation of the American sweet tooth.
Now they take credit cards.
According to Fast Company, which reports on the changes in business technology, some Scout troops this year "will be toting iPhones wrapped in Mophie's Marketplace credit card-reader cases and running Intuit's GoPayment system, turning each Scout vendor into a tiny, mobile credit card-processing machine. ... When you buy cookies you'll swipe your card, then be required to sign your signature with your finger on the touchscreen."
So easy -- and so unfair. Just when they have you all but helpless, they add another weapon -- easy credit -- to their arsenal. Consider the Scouts' lethal selling strategy:
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