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10 Money Saving Tips for a Balanced Life

10 Money Saving Tips for a Balanced Life

Money means a lot, no matter where one is at present on the financial journey, but we all know it is possible that a single incident can turn the table around. So it’s important to save money for a financial crisis. Following are some saving tips that can help to monitor your spending habits.

1. Start selling, stop collecting

People have many things which they are not using. But still, they keep these things. In the first place, one should not buy such things, but since you already have them. try to to sell them off. Today we have number of online sites where we can our stuff; and use the funds for number of other worthy financial goals.

2. Sign up for free customer rewards

There are number of retailers who are attracting the customers by giving out reward point for every purchase you make no matter where you live. So try to sign up for such. Just create a Yahoo or Gmail address just for this purpose and collect as many cards you can. One can add these discounts and rewards to earn points on purchases at the store by using rewards credit cards for cash back or some other benefits. Remember the above point and buy only what you need.

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3. Decide your shopping list and stick to it

Create a list before you go for grocery shopping, it’s the easiest way to save money as you will buy only things which are there on your list. When you are without a list, you tend to end up with unplanned purchases and making impulse buys, things that cost you money but are not really required.

Creating a shopping list not only helps you to buy items that fit your meal plan, it also helps in avoiding buying food which you might waste. It’s not about creating a list, but more importantly, sticking to it, that makes all the difference.

4. Declutter that closet

Look in your closets and find everything and anything which you are not using any more. Don’t just throw it away, use it for your benefit. You can sell those on eBay or the consignment shop, or donate it for the tax deduction. All of these options result in money in your pocket for the old stuff you don’t want anymore. Decluttering is also psychologically refreshing experience.

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5. Move your bank account to get more perks 

Now a day’s banks are offering a number of benefits to lure the customers, like greater interest rate or zero monthly fees for your saving account. Try to do a  research of newest banking offers in market. Some banks even offer sign up bonuses just for opening an account and for setting up direct deposit.

6. Avoid convenient foods and fast food

Instead of nuking on prepackaged dinner or fast food when you get home, one should try to make something healthy and simple for yourself. An hour’s worth of preparation will leave you with a number of easy, cheap snacks and dinner options. This will not only save your money, but also keeps you healthy which is an even better result than just saving money.

7. Install LED or CFL wherever required

You can save money by being careful in your use of electricity. One should make use of energy efficient light bulbs that might cost a bit more, but have a longer life than normal bulbs. These use less electricity which results in saving money on your electricity bills. There are two types of bulbs you can use: CFLs or LEDs. Though LEDs are a bit more expensive than CFLs, they light up instantly, doesn’t get too hot, and last for decades.

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8. Remove your credit card details from online sites

People tend to save time by saving their credit card details in online account. Its easy way to buy things just clicks and buys, which leads to unnecessary purchases. The best way to avoid this is simply delete your card information from your account.

In that way, you be forced to dig out your card and look for details which will give you some time to think whether you really need this or not. It is irritating filling the details time and again. Sometimes being forced to do these extra steps is all you need to convince yourself that you do not need these items.

9. Do price comparison

Most of us buy grocery from the same store without even realizing that some other stores have better deals. Just prepare the list of things you want to buy, and then shop the same items at different stores each time. Thus eventually, you will find which store has cheaper rates. Just make this store your regular shopping point and you will be able to save some money.

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10. Avoid using credit cards

People use credit cards out of temptation, for impulse buys. You should use it for emergencies only. Hide credit cards by keeping them at a safe place in home, not in the wallet. Try not to carry it around as we sometimes we end up buying things which are not required, resulting in loss of money.

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Last Updated on March 3, 2021

Top 6 Hacks on How To Build Credit Fast

Top 6 Hacks on How To Build Credit Fast

When done right, credit can open doors and provide a lifestyle that you never imagined possible. Anything from flying around the world in first-class and staying at 5-star hotels entirely for free to starting and scaling businesses. It’s also an area where it can be easy to make mistakes and hard to recover from without the right information. In this article, I will break down how you can build credit fast so you can open doors in your life!

When you start to think about improving your credit score, you have to answer three important questions first:

  1. What are you trying to achieve by having good credit?
  2. What really is your credit score?
  3. How is your credit score calculated?

What Are Your Credit Goals?

Having a high credit score is great, but ultimately, your credit score is a tool in your personal finance arsenal that you can use to open doors. The first question you should ask yourself is “what will a higher credit score do for me?”

I work with many clients directly at Freedom Travel Systems to help them fully leverage the power of their credit so they can enjoy free luxury travel and start or grow their business. For my clients and many others, here are a few common goals many credit-savvy individuals have:

  • Free Travel – getting access to travel rewards cards so you can get tons of free travel and even get first-class flights, hotel suites, and luxury amenities all for free
  • Start/Grow a Business – getting access to business credit so you can start and grow a business with 0% or low-interest financing that does not impact your personal credit
  • More Approvals – getting approved for credit cards, auto loans, or mortgages so you improve your lifestyle or build your personal wealth
  • Better Rates – getting better interest rates on any loans you get will save you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime

What Is Your Credit Score?

Your credit score is simply a 3-digit number that tells potential lenders how reliable of a borrower you are. Keep in mind that lenders, such as banks and credit issuers, stay in business by lending. Their goal is to find the people that have the highest probability of paying them back and they assess this primarily through your credit score.

What’s important to know is that there are two major scoring models used to create your scores. These scores are your FICO Score and your Vantage Score. More than 90% of lenders rely on your FICO score, so when you are checking your score, you want to make sure you see the actual score that the lenders use. And no, checking your own score does not hurt your credit!

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Then enters the 3 main credit bureaus, which are essentially agencies that collect credit information on you. These are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. These bureaus then apply a scoring model to the information they have on you and voila, you now have a credit score! Bureaus sometimes have different information on your report, which is why you will see 3 different scores.

How Is Your Credit Score Calculated?

Next, you need to understand how the credit score is calculated. This will provide a high-level overview, but there is more detail to each of these factors alone.

There are 5 main factors in the calculation of your credit score:[1]

  1. Payment History (35%) – This refers to the amount and percentage of on-time payments you have.
  2. Utilization (30%) – This is how much revolving credit you use as a percentage of the total revolving credit issued to you. Note that installment loans like auto-loans or mortgages do not count towards this while credit cards do.
  3. Age of Credit (15%) – This refers to how long your credit history is, primarily your “average age.”
  4. Credit Mix (10%) – This is how many different types of credit you have. For example, there are credit cards, student loans, auto loans, mortgages, personal loans, and lines of credit.
  5. New Credit (10%) – This primarily refers to how many inquiries you have for new credit.

Top 6 Hacks on How to Build Credit Fast

Now that you’ve learned more about your credit score, here are the top 6 tips on how to build credit fast.

1. Don’t Close Your Cards

Many of us are taught that getting a new credit card is bad and having too many will hurt your score. In fact, the opposite is true. You want to have many positive accounts reporting to your credit report. Logically, this makes sense because having more accounts with more on-time payments shows that you are a more reliable borrower. You just don’t want to open too many accounts too quickly since that can hurt your “new credit” factor.

Instead of closing a card, what you should do is simply keep the card open and put a small subscription service on it monthly. Why? Because each time you have an on-time payment, it helps build your payment history, the largest factor of credit.

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If you close a card, you are missing on potential on-time payments, age of credit, credit mix, and also lowering the total credit lent to you so your utilization percentage may go up. If you have an annual fee on a card you don’t like, see if there is a “no-fee” version of the card and downgrade it to that card rather than close it.

2. Use Autopay to Never Miss a Payment

This one is easy to do and easy not to do. Go into your credit card account and set up auto-pay. You can choose to either pay the full amount, the statement balance, or the minimum payment. Personally, I like to set up autopay to pay the minimum payment so that I never get a late payment. Then, I go in and manually pay the statement balance each month by the payment due date.

This helps me personally see my spending and have a manual review of my charges while ensuring, not have to pay interest, and still get the benefit of making sure that I never miss a payment if something goes wrong. Think about it, if you were to have a medical or family emergency, the last thing you want to experience on the back end of that is a late payment and a drop in your credit score. So, set up autopay.

A pro tip is to update your payment due dates across all bills and accounts to be the same so that you can “time batch” the process and have one time a month where you sit down and handle your payments. You can do this by simply contacting the credit card company or doing it online.

3. Get a Credit Limit Increase to Lower Your Utilization

One of the factors that get most people into trouble is using too much of their allotted total credit. Their utilization, which is the percentage of revolving credit they use, goes up, and their score tanks. You should aim for less than 30%, and in an ideal world, less than 10%.

To help drive this down, call your credit issuer and ask for a credit limit increase. This will help increase the total amount of credit extended to you and drop your utilization. Oftentimes, they will only give it to you when your utilization is fairly decent (less than 50%), so work to pay it down as best as possible before doing this. You should ask if the credit limit increase will give you an inquiry as some banks do a hard inquiry while some do not. If they do a hard inquiry, it is often better to just get a new card altogether or pass.

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4. Add Authorized Users to Increase Your Age, Add History, and Decrease Utilization

This is one of the best hacks out there as it helps with the 3 biggest factors of improving your credit: payment history, utilization, and age. This concept is also called “credit piggybacking” where someone with great credit history on a card adds an authorized user (AU) to the card. When the AU gets added, the credit history and information from that card are added to the AU’s report!

This is extremely helpful for people with young credit because it can drastically increase your age of accounts. It can also help many people with limited payment history or high utilization.

Please be aware that anything good or bad on that account you are added to will show up on your report. So, you want to avoid any cards with negative marks or high utilization. That being said, it is a one-way street, so nothing that you do with your credit can impact the primary account holder.

This is so valuable that there are companies that sell AU accounts. I always suggest starting with your family and/or personal network first as there are likely people in your network that can help!

5. Space Out Your Application Strategy

New credit is the smallest factor of credit, but it still matters! If you are looking to build up your credit, you should space out your applications. If you apply for too much credit in a short period, it looks very needy in the eyes of the lenders. For this reason, it is safest to apply for cards slowly over time unless you have really studied more in-depth how this works. A good rule of thumb is once every few months.

If you are in the credit game for the hopes of getting tons of credit card points for free travel, which is what I personally take full advantage of, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different bank rules and card promotions to put together the right application strategy. Applying blindly will waste inquiries and leave tons of benefits on the table!

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6. Review Your Report for Negatives

If you have any negative or “derogatory” marks on your credit report, this will hurt you drastically. They do impact you less as they age, however, you should review your credit report to ensure that everything on your report is 100% accurate and actually yours. Wrong information ends up on credit reports all the time and you will want to take personal responsibility for making sure it is accurate.

The “burden of proof” is on the credit bureau to confirm that any information on your report is in fact accurate. If you find inaccuracies, you can dispute that with them, or you could consider getting a credible credit repair company to help you.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the top 6 tips on how to build credit fast so you can get closer to reaching your goals. Now that you’ve learned more about how credit score works and how you can improve yours, you’ll hopefully be able to make better financial decisions and achieve your financial goals quicker.

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