There has been a lot said about peer to peer (P2P) lending lately. With the economy and credit market crunch making it difficult to get more traditional loans, “alternative” lending opportunities are arising. Peer to peer lending is a way for those who might be turned down by a bank to get the loans that they want/need, while providing an opportunity for investors to make some money by lending to others.
Frequent readers of personal finance blogs are familiar with the importance of getting out of debt and staying out of debt. The reasons for avoiding debt are both economic and emotional, and they are so well known that we can call “staying out of debt” Personal Finance Truism #1. Let’s briefly review the reasons behind Personal Finance Truism #1:
I still remember the first day of class at college.
The professor walks into the classroom and hands you a piece of paper called a syllabus. In that paper is all of the work you will complete over a four month period. However, you automatically begin to feel overwhelmed. How, you ask yourself, am I going to finish all of this?
In my case, I would total up all of the number of pages that needed to be read in a semester. I would then take that number and divide it by the number of days in the semester. Suddenly, reading 15 pages per day seems a lot more manageable than reading four books.
There’s a lot to be said for paying your bills on time, but some quick and easy negotiation can actually save you money each month on your credit card account if done properly.
The key is to never take the number on your billing statement for granted, as everything from the fees to the interest rate can usually be lowered with some tact.
However, you cannot expect to simply ask for a lower debt and get it without effort.
For years credit scores were the best kept secret from consumers by credit bureaus that calculated them.
Only lenders and other credit providers knew what went into a score and how much it weighed on the score’s compositions.
But thanks to pressure from consumer groups and other government agencies, over time not only the credit score number itself has been made available to consumers, but also how the score is determined.
Knowing what affects their scores and by how much, consumers will have a better means in managing their finances.
Medical expenses are one of the leading causes of bankruptcy proceedings in the US. In 2007, 57 million people were in families who had problems paying their medical bills according to this article by Peter J. Cunningham. However, there are ways to cope with the rising costs of medical care. I was born with Spina bifida in 1979, and I’ve had a lot of experience in the medical care “system”. I have a few tips to share with you, and by following them some of your burden will be lifted.