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Every year, a parent of a new school band member walks into a local music store and learns just how much her child’s new musical instrument will cost. Along with the costly sum of the instrument itself, there is the added expense of extra equipment and upkeep.
The bottom line can easily set back a new instrument buyer as much as a small new car. Many parents have to resort to down payments and credit plans to afford their child’s new gear. Another household debt must be incurred.
Homeowner’s insurance is very important. It’s your safety net in case something bad happens. Although that safety net is needed, you also need to be able to support your family. If you are struggling to pay your homeowner’s insurance rates every month, following these five steps could reduce your rates:
Most insurance companies want to ensure that you are using them for all of your insurance needs. By insuring your car through the company that insures your home, you will receive a multi-policy discount. If you are looking for an even bigger multi-policy discount, some companies also provide life insurance and health insurance policies.
AS you know, I’m just about finished with my new rental property. Whether you’re renting out a home, an apartment in your own home or even an empty room, you should do your due diligence before letting a perfect stranger into your property. I figured now would be a good time to share this infographic with tips to follow before renting out property.
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It is the dream of many upcoming high school graduates to leave their home and start their own independent life. However, many more than usual will be making the choice to remain close to home when they go to college. They are doing this in larger numbers for a variety of reasons:
Remaining close to home is a huge economic benefit to the recent high school graduate. He or she will be able to potentially remain living at home depending on the distance from the school and the willingness of the parents to take care of them. Therefore, the student could save on the room and board costs that he or she would have to pay for if they are allowed to stay.
According to Consumer Reports, the average college student graduates with at least $20,000 in student loan debt. The average student also has at least $4,000 to $5,000 in credit card debt. Some students in high school are now realizing that college can pose a financial burden that they will face for the rest of their lives. These students are taking steps to actively alleviate that debt by applying to scholarships and grants. In addition to doing a general search for scholarships on the Internet, listed below are five helpful tips that students can use to get a free college degree:
- Meet with a High School Counselor
Your high school counselor contains a wealth of information when it comes to scholarship opportunities, and he or she will easily be able to perform a free scholarship search to help you find awards you may be suited for. He or she may know of local scholarships in the community that fit you particularly well. Your counselor may also be able to help you obtain scholarships for community college programs that will allow you to transfer credits to your college and save money.
When trying to work your way out of debt, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can seem impossible. Feeling like the debt is endless is a typical feeling, and because of it, many people are quick to look for extreme options to put cash back in their pockets. However, most of these options can actually leave you in a worse financial position than you were in before. A few major money traps to avoid include:
The following is a post by Sasha Kahn, with information provided by Genworth Financial.
When buying a house, lenders prefer perspective buyers who can spend the required 20% on a down payment. But let’s face it, for many of us, that’s just not an option.
You may be one of the 99% who can’t afford a hefty down payment, but there are still ways to move forward with your dream of buying a home. Aside from the various types of home mortgages available, there is also something called mortgage insurance. Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a loan to protect the lender in the event that the buyer defaults. It’s the only way to buy a home while putting down a minimal cash down payment.
The holidays are rough on anyone’s budget, and it is especially unkind to those of us who are trying to dig themselves out of debt. How people can expect you to pay off those student loans and buy enough extravagant gifts for everyone at the same time? Shopping for the holidays only so that you can still be paying it off well in to next July isn’t good for anyone trying to live a debt free lifestyle.
However, there are a few ways that you can avoid overspending this holiday season while still having the holiday season you desire. A few of those ways include:
Buying your first home is stressful and there are things to pay attention to. Here are a few of the classic pitfalls that first time homebuyers should avoid falling into.
Avoid Going It Alone
A first time homebuyer will often need help getting through the mortgage process. A mortgage broker can be a real asset when it comes to walking you through the loan process. Mortgage brokers can help deal with questions like “how much can I borrow” and “what interest rate can I expect”? The sellers of a home have someone working on their behalf and so does the lender. You need someone that is willing to work on your behalf too. Mortgage brokers will go the extra mile to help you negotiate the best loan for you and will keep you from getting ripped off at the same time. It is worth hiring a professional when dealing with a loan that could easily last about 30 years.