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UWSA College Finance Series: What to Do After College? Three Ideas

Filed under: Debt
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July 23, 2010
Ready to leave home after graduation? Not so fast!

Ready to leave home after graduation? Not so fast!
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Inthe last few posts on UWSA, we’ve been talking about student debt. More than any other financial challenge, even high credit card balances, student loans and debt impact the lives of millions of young people on the long term. With tuition rising each year, and the job market unsteady, some experts are recommending systematic change to help students who are dealing with creditors and trying to establish themselves financially. Should college students consider staying at home a year after graduation? (more…)

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Tools and Tips to Stop Abusive Debt Collectors

Filed under: Debt, Family Finance
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April 30, 2010
Bill collector acting like a pirate? The law's on your side

Bill collector acting like a pirate? The law's on your side
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Every day, thousands of Americans get calls from debt collectors.

If you’re in the middle of settlement, debt consolidation, or even in the early stages of seeking debt relief, you don’t deserve unwanted and harassing calls; and you don’t have to let them disrupt your life.

Today, we’ll discuss facts and resources to help you use existing consumer credit protection laws to your advantage and cut through the climate of fear that a small minority of abusive debt collectors create for hard-working people. (more…)

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Keep Your Kids Out of Debt: Four Credit Facts to Share With Teens and Young Adults

Filed under: Children, Debt, Family Finance
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April 2, 2010

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In today’s tight consumer credit market, it’s harder than ever for someone starting out on the road to financial responsibility to establish strong credit; and even with new legislation intended to protect credit-holders, the stakes may very well be higher now than they were twenty, ten, or even five years ago. A few key credit facts can go a long way toward helping teens and young adults establish a positive credit history that works in their favor when it’s time to start making big decisions.

Here are some useful credit tips to help the youngster in your life avoid debt as an adult. (more…)

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Does Debt Stacking Really Work?

Filed under: Banks, Debt, Debt Consolidation
Tags: , , , , — Written by: Lyuda
March 29, 2010

Too Much Credit
Photo by: Andres Rueda (flickr)

Looking through some of our older articles on UWSA I found some on the subject of Debt Stacking. A few people have asked me whether this is a good idea, and whether it does what it says for people. I’ve never used debt stacking myself, though it is really just a high tech way to follow through on making sure you’re not paying a bunch of extra fees and interest to maintain multiple credit lines. That is a pretty common sense part of maintaining your credit rating. Here’s a little on making debt stacking work, and seeing if it’s right for you.

Firstly a little on what debt stacking is. The basic concept is that once you pay off a debt with a monthly payment you continue to apply the money previously allocated to the monthly payment to the payments for other debts. If you’re trying to get out of debt it’s pretty obvious that is a good idea. What is not obvious is which debts to apply the freed up money to.

Mathematically if you want to get out of debt faster there is a relationship between both the amount of a monthly payment, the balance, and the interest rate. No I don’t know the formula off the top of my head, but there are a lot of computer programs that do, and will allow you to input basic information about your debts and spit out the order in which to pay them off or ’stack’ them.

Tip number one would be not paying a lot for a program; if the goal is spending less repaying your debt and getting out of debt faster burning a bunch of money on a program doesn’t make sense. There are free tools out there to figure this information out, and sometimes professionals will offer that information free of charge or at a reduced fee as well.

One thing debt stacking does do is to avoid what is called ‘the shotgun approach’ to repaying debt. This is where one month you put a little extra on one bill, and next month you do another. Using that approach is a great way to maximize how long you stay in debt.

Tip number two, which is true of any debt repayment strategy, is stick to the plan. The benefits of debt stacking can be great, and include very reduced interest on one’s debts. These benefits drop fast though for every month you don’t make the payments in the manner suggested. If you cannot do this by yourself debt consolidation with a credit councilor or debt consolidation service might make more sense.

Debt stacking can be really helpful in repaying debt, and save you a ton of money. It is also usually free and because generally you are not modifying your repayment plan significantly it can help build your credit rating as well. The key is keeping to the plan, and knowing your limits. As always though the plan only works if it works for your.

Too Much Credit Photo by: Andres Rueda (flickr)

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