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Why Set Impossible Goals for 2021? [The Ultimate New Year’s Savings Hack]

Early Career, Investment Property Mortgages
In the 1980s, self-driving cars and smartphones without antennas were only things you’d see in movies — unimaginable futuristic goals. Now, these “impossible” inventions are part of people’s everyday lives. These innovative ideas were thought to be outlandish years ago until creators like Elon Musk and IBM’s team put their impossible goals to the test. Impossible goals are things you want to achieve that seem out of the ordinary — ones that feel as if you may never reach them, even in your wildest dreams. These goals could be turning your dream side hustle into a full-time job or building your savings from zero in the next year to buy your dream home. While the end result seems unreachable, a mix of motivation, determination, and hard work can get you further than you think. ...

Financial Advice Keeping You Broke & In Debt

Arlington
The post Financial Advice Keeping You Broke & In Debt appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. Financial advice is great – when it is the right type of advice.  There are tips and strategies that can make you money.  However, there is also a lot of advice that will do nothing but keep you broke and in debt.  These are things you don’t want to listen to. I remember when I was younger, my mom told me that I had to get a credit card because it would be important for any emergencies which came my way.  I followed her advice and got a credit card. And, wouldn’t you know it, the first time I used it was for an emergency. Or, what I thought was an emergency. I woke one snowy morning and someone had hit my car — and fled. No note on my windshield.  Just a dented...

Late Payments, Credit Scores and Credit Reports

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A missed credit card or loan payment can have a seriously detrimental effect on your credit report. The golden rule of using a credit card is to make your payments on time every time, building a respectable payment history, avoiding debt, and keeping your creditor happy. But what happens when you fall behind with your monthly payments; what happens when you miss a single loan or credit card payment as a result of a mistake, an oversight or a lack of funds? How will your creditor react, how quickly will the credit reporting agencies find out, and what options do you have for getting back on your feet? How Late Payments Affect Your Credit Score A late payment can reduce your credit score significantly and remain on your report for 7 years. It won’t impact your score throughout that time a...

How to Protect Your Credit Score During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone all around the world. Extended isolation and sudden job losses have everyone thinking about their futures. Lots of people are concerned about losing a reliable income source during this time of crisis. Some have even been forced to shut their businesses. The global pandemic has turned many people’s financial lives upside down. As you work on keeping your bills in good standing and your finances going strong, you should also pay attention to your credit score. Even if you’re delaying some major purchases like buying a car or a home or going on a trip, you still need to maintain good credit. You’ll eventually start spending again, and you’ll need a good credit score. But how can you protect your credit score d...

How I Paid Off $38,000 In Student Loan Debt In 7 Months

Debt, Killeen, Student Loans
Lately, I have received many questions asking how I was able to pay off my student loans so quickly. I haven't talked much about my student loans since I paid them off in July of 2013, but I know many struggle with their student loan repayment plan each and every day. Due to this, it is a topic I am always happy to cover. Paying off your student loans is a wonderful feeling and I want to help everyone else experience the same.   Background on my student loans. To start off, I am going to provide a quick background on my student loans. I worked full-time all throughout college. I worked as a retail manager from when I was a teenager until I graduated with my two undergraduate degrees (I was a double major). Then, I was lucky and found a financial analyst position ri...

10 Things to Know About Working in New York

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Thinking about working in New York? There are some features of work life in the Big Apple that set it apart from the work culture in other cities. Is it true that if you can make it there you can make it anywhere? We’re not making any promises, but we can give you some tips about what working in New York is really like.  Check out our 401(k) calculator.  1. Salaries are high – but so is the cost of living. For many fields, particularly those that require highly skilled workers, salaries in New York are higher than those in other cities. But before you get too excited about the fact that salaries in New York tend to be higher, keep in mind that the cost of living in New York is higher, too. Luckily, there are plenty of financial experts around to help you figure out how to ke...

We Want a Diverse Area With Moderate Population, Warm, Beach and Culture—So Where Should We Retire?

Grand Prairie, Home Buying, Retirement
Courtesy Visit St. Pete/ClearwaterDear MarketWatch, We are African-Americans and want to retire to a diverse area with moderate population, warm, beach, culture. We can afford a better-than-average lifestyle and want to feel accepted in our new community — hopefully somewhere with high walkability and homes with character. And maybe near a major airport…. for lots of traveling. Let me know what you come up with. Thanks. — Jennifer Dear Jennifer, We all know there are plenty of beach towns in the U.S., but finding one with personality is a bigger challenge. I’m going to leave out some obvious places, like Miami Beach and, though less diverse, Hilton Head. On the West Coast, no Southern California. Too obvious. Plus, while you can afford a better-than average lifestyle, home pr...