Preparing a Less-Troubled Financial Path
Only those who belong in the 1% is probably free of any financial problems. Or, are they? Even millionaires have debts, except that they have the means to pay them off. This basically means no one is actually debt-free. Of course, if you belong in the other end of the spectrum, debt could be staring at you in the face day in and day out. But financial problems can be avoided. There are ways to keep money from having power over you.
When planning to take out a mortgage
For most people, buying a home often involves taking out a loan. To make it less damaging on your life, look for a mortgage that suits your financial situation, one that would not push you deeper into a money pit. Once you are pre-approved, make sure not to borrow more money and reduce your debt-to-income ratio.
When getting ready to go to college
In 2014, 40 million Americans have student loan debt. If you don’t want to be part of the statistics, you should find ways to fund your college education without carrying debt for the rest of your life. Consider working part time while still in high school and saving your income for your college fund. When choosing a college bank, pick one that offers benefits and protects you against overdraft provisions. Make sure to look into service fees, so you don’t end up owing them more than you’re supposed to.
Resist impulse buying
It’s so easy to spend money than earn it. If you have a credit card, you also have more reason to spend money you may not even have. If you want to spare yourself a lot of financial problems, be aware of your buying and spending habits. When you are guilty of impulse buying, find ways to curb the habit and save money instead.