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4 Tips for Getting a Loan for Dental Work

4 Tips for Getting a Loan for Dental Work

Unfortunately, dental work can be quite expensive, and if you don’t have dental insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover your procedure, you can be put in a pretty difficult situation. And if you’re in pain, you might not have a lot of time to wait to figure out where you’re going to get the money. Thankfully, there are a few techniques to make paying for these expensive procedures a little easier. If you’re considering take out a loan to pay for your dental work, save your wallet and make use of these tips.

Look at Your Budget and Make Sure You Can’t Afford It

Before you apply for a loan, it’s worth checking to see if you’re absolutely sure you can’t afford it otherwise. You may have already gone through all your checkbooks and tallied up all your budgets, but if you haven’t done this yet, it’s worth seeing if there’s anywhere you can tighten your pocketbook.

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If you can, categorize your expenses into wants and needs. Using a budgeting tool such as Mint or You Need a Budget can be helpful if you feel overwhelmed going through your expenses by yourself. Then, it’s as simple as eliminating the non-necessities from your budget. For instance, could you cut out all your entertainment costs for the month to help pay for your dental care? Even if you aren’t able to cover the entire cost of the procedure, you can at least limit the amount of money you need to borrow.

Check if Your Clinic Offers Repayment Plans

Your dental clinic might not expect you to pay the entire lump sum for your procedure right out of pocket. You should check with your dentist to see if there might be a repayment plan that would make paying for your procedure a lot easier. In addition, many dental practices accept government-based aid programs such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program; if you haven’t looked into these programs already, see if you are eligible. It’s worth noting that a repayment plan set up through your clinic probably won’t be reported to a credit union, so while you should make every effort to pay on time each month, you might get a little more leeway than financing through a loan or credit card.

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Even if you are eligible for aid and you’re able to work out a repayment plan with your dental clinic, there might still be some expenses that aren’t covered. While you might need to take out a loan to cover the rest of the costs, at least they will be made a little manageable when spaced out on a monthly basis. In addition, if you share your financial limitations with your clinic, they may be able to suggest lower-cost procedures or prescribe you less expensive medications. In cases such as these, every penny counts, and getting put on a cheaper prescription will help in the long run.

Finance With Your Credit Card or Dental Financing

If you have a credit card, you might be able to get away with putting your dental procedure on the card. Keep in mind that every credit card is different, so you should check your card’s terms and conditions to make sure this is possible, and if so, what the repayment stipulations are. In many cases, credit card companies will offer a 0% APR for the first year or so after signing up for a new card. As long as you’re able to pay off the balance within this time frame, you won’t have to worry about interest, but once you do slip out of this period, you can expect interest rates as high as 20% – or worse.

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If you don’t plan on using a credit card outside of financing your dental work, or you don’t want to get a credit card regardless, there are similar financing options that cater to helping patients pay for their health care. CareCredit is one such financing service, and they offer multiple repayment plans over different time frames. Of course, there are other similar financing service options out there, but if you’re having trouble finding the right one for your needs, talk with your clinic to see if they have partnered with any of these services.

Apply for a Payday Loan

If money is tight and you’re out of time, you can usually turn to a payday loan company for help. Nowadays, you don’t even need to leave your home to get one, as there are many online payday loans you can apply for. The appeal of this option is that it can be one of the quickest ways to get a loan with the fewest hoops you must jump through. Oftentimes, these companies require you to be over the age of 18 and working at a job earning at least $1000 every month. Once you can prove that, you’ll be in the clear for a loan.

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Many payday loans require no credit checks, meaning that you can rest assured that you’ll be able to pay off your expenses no matter where you are financially. Remember, though, that if you can’t afford to pay back the loan, you’ll rack up huge bills of interest and your credit score will be damaged. That said, if you’re confident that you’ll be able to afford the repayments of a payday loan, it might be the option for you. When it comes to health, you don’t want to leave things any later than need be.

Featured photo credit: 6 Ways to Make Sure You Get the Loan You Need via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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