It’s that time of year again!
The kids are back to school, soccer practices are in full swing, and dare I say PSL has graced our presence with its return to the Starbucks menu. While summer may be coming to a close and we’re all daydreaming of being back lounging by the lake, this emerging season of stricter schedules can actually be the perfect time to get back to excellent credit!
Let’s be honest, as fun as the summer season is, we hardly find ourselves using that time to be diligent about our spending habits or to improve our credit score. In fact, with the longer days and nicer weather, it’s tempting to overspend at that new tiki bar that opened up in town or miss a bill’s due date while hiking the trails during that annual family camping trip. However, as the fall season approaches and routines are back to being established, this is the refreshing window of opportunity to tighten up on your financial responsibilities and indulge credit repair...
Remember those financial goals you set just 6 months ago? If you forgot, this is your gentle reminder!
This halfway point in the year is a good time to check-in on where you’re excelling and where you can improve. As July heats up and the summer days usher us to tiki bars, extra dinners with friends, concerts, and road trips it’s easy to lose sight of our finances and engage in additional spending.
Here are 5 ways to ensure you still meet your goals while enjoying all summer has to offer!
Side hustles seem to be getting a lot of attention these days…and for good reason! In tandem with your primary job, a side hustle is a great way to leverage extra income without committing to the rigid schedule of a traditional second job. Basically, side hustles are the gateway to more financial freedom. Whether you’re looking to pay off the last of your student loan debt, reduce credit card bills, or save up to buy a house, the ability to generate extra money with a side hustle can quickly put these goals within reach.
Along with the rise of remote work, online opportunities are limitless allowing you to expand beyond your geographical location as well. The demand for digital advancements are only increasing, which can lead to a lucrative endeavor for you! All you really need to begin in this case is WiFi and determination.
Finding a side hustle, either online or in your area, is a highly recommended route to take to add some sizzle into your wallet this summer! Here...
Ready to play the credit game? If yes, then this strategy can be a gamechanger for you. While there’s stigmas that surround opening multiple credit card accounts, it can actually have great advantages when it comes to building healthy credit. If you stay organized, keep an eye on your accounts, and maintain activation, then you’ll certainly win!
Here’s all the perks you should (and need to!) know about when it comes to opening multiple accounts…
Credit cards have amazing rewards systems that can add up beautifully when in good standing. From discounts on flights, restaurants, delivery services, hotels, gas, supermarkets and cashback opportunities there’s an abundance of benefits points can earn you (I mean, no one ever hated a discounted vacation to the Bahamas!). The best way to play this is to open cards that have different offerings in order to optimize the variety of advantages.
Maintain a Low Credit Utilization Ratio.
In the spirit of love this Valentine’s Day, we all want to embrace the idea of being swept off our feet in a fit of wild romance. Chocolate hearts galore, cards of sentiment, luxurious candlelit dinners, and beautiful long-stemmed roses all delight our imagination. Especially if you’re single, you may be fantasizing about the idea of meeting a fabulous new person during this season of adoration (it would make for a cute story!).
While being open and receptive to building new relationships is encouraged, there are some romance scams to be aware of. In the era of digital dating, safety precautions may be less secure than meeting someone organically or through mutual friends. This isn’t to say online dating can’t be successful, there are plenty of stories proving otherwise. However, what you want to be extra careful of is the validity of the person behind the screen.
The FBI reported that in 2020 victims of romance scams lost more than $281 million!...
In our digital-dependent world, it’s fair to say our risk for identity theft has increased at exponential rates. While social media is fun and a great way to network, it’s also a great place to expose an immense amount of personal information without even realizing the consequences. Privacy has certainly become a thing of the past with our selfies plastered all over our platforms, geographical locations broadcasted, personal information shared (hello Facebook personality quizzes!), online banking accounts, camera-laden devices, and of course being able to save your credit card information after any online purchase.
These things have become so normalized that none of us think twice about halting our morning scroll to assess the potential risk this puts us in. It’s been reported that in 2019 there were over half a million cases, making it one of the worst years for identity theft of all time, with the trajectory going up. And in 2021, identity fraud...
As the holiday season comes to a close, you may be finding yourself where many are finding themselves- in spender’s remorse. Maybe you overcharged your credit card with holiday gifts that far exceeded your budget. Or hit up all the spectacular post-holiday sales for a stylin’ new wardrobe. Perhaps you even found yourself stopping every morning for one of those $6 Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes to get yourself into the holiday spirit (I know, they’re so good!). Whatever the situation, I’m sure you were also hoping that the stroke of midnight would not only bring a brand new year but also Cinderella-like powers that would magically erase all your debt with it.
Welp. Nothing crushes our big vision and mile-long resolutions list more than waking up on January 1st to see our bank account, credit score, and card balances have all tagged along for the new year adventures. While 2022 may not have come with a completely blank slate, it has come with...
Each year, as part of my goal setting and planning for the months to come, I pick a word for the year. I’m curious, do you do this too? We perpetuate what we focus on, so in naming my year, I’m putting into motion a self-fulfilling prophesy and my word permeates each aspect of my life, my work, and my relationships. It’s amazing the power you can summon to create your future just by naming it. And this year, my word of the year is ‘Focus.’ Feel free to join me and use this as your word for the year too!
Now that we’re well clear of the holiday season and those holiday shopping orders have stopped arriving in the mailbox, many of us will be longing for some focus on our finances. If you have some financial goals this year to buy a home, pay down debt, or replace your car, you’re going to need some focus on your credit health to get those things done. And I’m here to help! Here are three tips to shift your focus to improving your credit...
It’s that time of year again - holiday shopping, online sales, and that ever-growing list of gift-giving and family parties are on the horizon. Aside from your main gift list, you may find yourself easily swept away, giving $20 here and $20 there, and before you know it you’ve spent at least another $300 in addition to what you anticipated. Trust me, we’ve all been there!
That’s why it’s important to take the time now before the frenzy begins to center back to your credit goals. Evaluate your finances, understand your debt, and keep your eye on the prize by setting a reasonable budget for your holiday shopping. By pre-planning your purchases, you can avoid walking (or clicking!) into stores blindly. Being proactive is the key to a debt-free holiday season because the truth is no one who loves you wants to receive a gift you can’t afford!
Below is your go-to guide to pre-planning your list!
Oh yes, we all remember those teenage years- young, free, living life to the fullest!
While we may want to forget about that outrageous hairstyle, overwhelming hormonal acne, or first crushing heartbreak, there were so many admirable qualities we embodied during those innocent times. Accompanying these live-life-large years, we might have also acquired some lasting consequences to some of our naive choices, especially when it comes to credit.
If you currently have a teenager, be sure to have the talk with them.
No, no not that talk! The one about their financial future!
Teaching teens about the lasting impact of their financial choices can save them from lots of struggle in early adulthood, plus provide them with more opportunities. The truth is most teens aren’t even thinking about these things just yet, so building awareness is vital in painting the long-term picture.
Here are a few key credit lessons to share with them now....