What Romans 13:8 Teaches About Financial Debt

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 NIV) This week someone very kindly, politely, and respectfully challenged me to rethink my position on debt and credit cards.  Her belief is that when one uses a credit card (even if it is paid off every month), she is in debt.  Romans 13:8 was one of … [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...]

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...]

Fixed Obligations are the Biggest Obstacle to Savings

Today, Mr Credit Card from www.askmrcreditcard.com is going to talk about how long term fixed expenses and obligations can affect our ability to save. Hope you enjoy his thoughts on this. For those searching for new credit cards he has a best credit cards section.  If you are interested in submitting a guest post you can learn more now. In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to "saving" is long … [Read more...]

Using Financial Ratios To Gauge Your Financial Health

How do you know if you're doing well financially? Can you see warning signs that indicate you may in potential trouble? Financial ratios can be used to understand how you're currently doing with your money. This is important, because if you don't know where you are currently, it's difficult to figure out how much more work you need to do to reach your goals. Here are 3 ratios that give you an idea … [Read more...]

Four Professionals You Should Contact When Buying a Home

The following post is by Darren from More Than Finances. Purchasing your dream home is a big investment with many variables. From finding your home, making an offer, getting financing, and closing the sale, professionals can protect your interests as you go through the process. Here are the four main people, along with a description of how they help you. Real Estate Agent This is the person … [Read more...]

How To Pay Off A Mortgage Early

Once you’ve asked if you should pay off your mortgage early, it is time to ask, how can I pay off the mortgage early? This is the fun part. Let me start off by saying that you shouldn’t need to pay someone or buy a product to help you pay off the house early. Instead, simply send the bank extra payments to add to your principal whenever you have money to pay towards the debt. [pullquote]Make … [Read more...]

Pay Off Mortgage Sooner, Invest, Or Save? The Math Analysis

I’ve previously written about this topic – should you pay off the mortgage early or invest – but I realize that post was sorely lacking the math.  Today, I want to take a deeper look at the discussion to give a more thorough answer to the question – should you pay off the mortgage or invest? Watch out! I’m about to unleash the geek inside and let him run some math with the calculator. This post … [Read more...]

What Happens to Credit Card Debt At Death?

Every Friday, I answer a reader's question.  If you have a question, you can contact me. I received the following question via email: …questions about family members, their debt and what happens to that debt if they die.  In the US, if parents die with a lot of debt (credit cards etc...) what happens to it?  Are we as the kids going to be responsible for that?  Any insight on this?  First, … [Read more...]

Car Loan Payment or Pay Cash For A Car?

When shopping for a new car one of the first questions a dealer will ask you is – what kind of car loan payments are you looking for?  If you answer that question, you just cost yourself thousands of dollars.  Instead, when you buy a pay cash for a new car.  In other words, you should look at total purchase price, not the monthly car loan payment amount. Save Money On Your Car Loan Payment: Buy a … [Read more...]