How Good Debt Can Go Bad

Have you heard someone say, “debt is fine as long as it’s ‘good’ debt?”  The idea of good debt is defined as using debt to purchase something that will appreciate in value.  Some view it as a tool that helps you meet your goals faster and more easily.  Here are four common sources of ‘good’ debt and how these debts can actually turn bad. Home Mortgages Paying cash for a home is very difficult, … [Read more...]

Student Loan Debt and the American Academic Obsession

Subtitle: When “Good Debt” Comes Back To Haunt Us Several months ago the Wall Street Journal reported: Americans owe some $826.5 billion in revolving credit, according to June 2010 figures from the Federal Reserve. [Most of revolving credit is credit-card debt]. Student loans outstanding today — both federal and private — total some $829.785 billion, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of … [Read more...]

50 Personal Finance Questions |Get Help Setting the Right Financial Goals

I think everyone would be well served by breaking their lives into major categories and assigning goals for each category.  Fortunately, finances are one thing that already often get included in New Years Resolutions. To kick start the process, I’m going to ask you a lot of questions.  If you hesitate, put an * by that question and go back to it.  Spend some time thinking about and researching … [Read more...]

Debt and the Opportunity Costs of Not Paying it Off

When you make a decision to get into debt, you're also making a decision not to do many other things. Here are the three biggest opportunity costs of not paying it off. Opportunity Cost #1 - Your Future Retirement This cost will affect the day-to-day existence of possibly a third of your whole life. Some people may think that since retirement is so far away, they don't have to be concerned about … [Read more...]

Credit Card Consolidation & 0% Balance Transfers | Does It Really Help?

On a recent post telling how to deal with credit card debt problems, I shared some advice and resources for getting out of debt.  In that same post, Darren (from More Than Finances) asked what I thought about 0% credit card transfers.  I gave a quick answer and thought I’d deal with it in more detail today. From a purely mathematical standpoint, there is no denying that taking advantage of 0% … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Avoid Debt

The following is a guest post from Jack Reed.  He is a financial writer with Oak View Law Group. He offers advice on debt related issues. Subscribe to his RSS feeds and keep yourself out of debt.  If you want to submit a guest post you can read the guidelines here. The most direful situation one can face today is being crushed under overwhelming debts. Modern life is expensive and being a … [Read more...]

Should You Consolidate Student Loans Or Pay Them Off?

Second only to the mortgage, the student loan is the American debt of choice.  Only a few loans are righteous enough to carry the title – good.  A student loan is typically one such loan.  As a result, people often like consolidating mortgages and consolidating student loans.  The negative result is that the student loan becomes not just a part of life, but a part of who we are.  Quite … [Read more...]

Avoid $13,160 in Interest Payments & Get a College Degree

Too many people are playing financial catch-up. They made a dumb mistake or several dumb mistakes that unintentionally put them years behind on their current financial goals. In this upcoming series will look at the things you (as a young adult) can decide now to avoid YEARS of financial regret. Here's the topics we'll cover: Decide you will pay for and save for as much for … [Read more...]