Over the years on this blog, we’ve talked about the dangers of using credit cards unwisely while also trying to find ways to be able to get yourself out of the mindset of using them. We even talked about why, because of credit score issues, it might be wise to keep at least one card around and using it here and there to have a positive credit history.
Something we should have considered is that there might be ways to take care of your budget and your credit score by using credit cards as part of your budgeting efforts. Actually, we’ll only say “one” card; we don’t want to be fanatical!
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Everyone has heard the term credit score. Not everyone really understands its purpose or why they should try to have a good number. Most people only know they should have a good number; they just don’t know what it is.
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Let’s get the immediate question out of the way. A good credit score is considered as any number over 720. There are a lot of things that are considered for a credit score, and since each agency seems to do it different, you could have a good credit score at one and not the other. That’s why it’s always good to get your free credit report annually via the federal government’s agreement at the site Annual Credit Report, which we’ve just linked to.
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Too many people are struggling with debt that should be easy to control. Credit cards make buying things easy, and low payments make us feel like we’ve got full control.
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Unfortunately, life isn’t always quite that simple. It turns out that minimum payments on credit cards could be the difference between getting out of debt in less than 3 years or having it linger as long as 9 years… and that’s if you never purchase another thing. It’s something most people don’t even think about; that’s we’re here to alert you.
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It’s been a while since we wrote about budgeting and credit cards. It’s time to reinforce the importance of understanding each of these and learning how to use your knowledge to either get control of credit cards or totally eliminate your credit card debt.
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Before you decide to take action on your debt you need to know what it is. Whether it’s doing some kind of debt consolidation or filing bankruptcy, you need to know what your expenses and income is to first find out if you’re in real financial trouble or just need to get a handle on your spending.
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Let me begin by saying that one shouldn’t consider the debate between paying off bills and saving for retirement as totally opposite beliefs. The truth is that for long term security you’re going to need to take care of both as time goes along. You never know how long you’ll live once you retire and the last thing you want is to be saddled with a lot of debt and not enough money to pay for everything.
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With that said, let’s look at this discussion from some practical terms. The difference between paying off bills you have now and deciding to put money away can be drastic. It’s hard to see for most people because the numbers can be overwhelming, so we’re going to put it in terms that hopefully make it easier to understand with a little example.
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