5 Profitable Low Risk Options for Investing a Lump Sum of Cash

After months of attempting to transfer funds from the sale of our house from PNG to the USA, we finally were able to get the first batch of funds transferred into our US bank account.  Since we're currently very content renters, we've decided to delay buying a house.  We may wait four months, or we may wait four years.  We have no idea, and we love the flexibility renting offers. However, now … [Read more...]

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...]

Hyperbolic Discounting: Why Paying Your Credit Cards Off Is Like Going To The Gym

This guest post is by Tim Chen the founder and CEO of NerdWallet.com, a website that helps consumers to compare low apr credit card offers. Tim also educates consumers about credit cards and personal finance at the Christian Science Monitor, Forbes Moneybuilder Blog, and the Huffington Post.  If you would like to write you own guest post click here. Have you ever wondered why most of us have … [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...]

4 Debts You Should Try to Avoid

Excessive use of debt can be a major hindrance to your financial independence. Although sometimes unavoidable, here are four debts you should try to avoid as much as you can. Credit Card Debt Most of our debt problems come from the overuse or misuse of credit cards. Here are some interesting stats from the Federal Reserve's latest Survey of Consumer Finances for 2007. 46% of families have a … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Pay Off Your Debt ASAP

I don't think I know of anyone who likes being in debt. Do you? If you, or someone you know are trying to get out of debt, here are some ideas that will help. Prioritize The first thing you should do is figure out all the debts you have. Which debts have the highest interest rates? If it's from a credit card, call your creditors and work on getting the rate reduced. If they won't do it, tell … [Read more...]

Using the Time Value of Money to Inspire You to Save

What would you like to save for? A nice retirement? Dream vacation? Capital to start a business? Do you find it difficult to save money? If so, maybe it's because you don't realize the power of saving consistently over time. But once you are able to grasp the power of this, you just might be more willing to make saving a regular habit. What is the Time Value of Money? As one of the most … [Read more...]

How to Invest at Lending Club | A Guide for New Investors

I recently had a reader email with a follow-up question regarding p2p lending at Lending Club.  He essentially wanted to know how to invest at Lending Club. Here’s the question: Could you explain to me how lending club works as an investor? What type of initial investment is needed? Do you fund individuals or across the board? I thought the question would be good to address in this … [Read more...]

Expensive Shopping is Good | How To Shop For Value, Not Price

For a long time I’ve been on the frugal or cheap fence.  One day I think frugal accurately describes me, and then the next day I jump ship and find myself firmly planted in the cheap camp. Here’s another question we can ask to help differentiate between frugal and cheap. Do you buy things based on what they cost, or do you buy things based on what you get? I think that cheap people buy based … [Read more...]

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness | For Ministers & Non-Profit Workers

The following is a guest post by Cary McCall.  While reading a post at One In Jesus I saw Cary made a comment about debt forgiveness for ministers.  I asked him to explain more and he sent me this post.  I read it and even got permission from the website owner, Jay Guin to use this post that he also has on his website.  If you have any questions either Cary or I could try and answer them in the … [Read more...]