12 Money-Management Tips For College Students

By Lucy Lazarony • Bankrate.com

Don’t toss that final suitcase in the SUV and start the drive to college just yet. Here are a dozen tips to help you manage your money so the last two months of the semester aren’t spent munching stale potato chips in the dorm room or scanning the sidewalks for dropped change.

1. Track it
Track your spending for two to four weeks to find out where your money is going. Are four trips to Starbucks a week really necessary?

“They don’t realize how much they spend on little things,” says Vickie Hampton, a financial planner and an associate professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbuck, Texas. “That’s the most common revelation.”

Mark Oleson, director of a financial counseling clinic at Iowa State University, adds, “Usually, just by tracking expenses, you’ll start to curb expenses.”

2. Get a plan
The best way to manage your money over the course of a semester is to sit down and map out a budget. List sources of income such as scholarships, loans, money from summer jobs and cash from your parents as well as expenses, such as tuition, books and groceries.

3. Good time money
If you know you need to buy a new CD or go to concert or a party every week, make room for that in your budget.

“You need some entertainment,” Hampton says. “A student is going to get really burned out if you don’t do anything fun.”

4. Pace yourself
If you spend, spend, spend at the beginning of the semester, you could be tapped out later. Give yourself a spending limit for each week. Stick to it and you won’t have to eat macaroni-and-cheese every day in December.

5. Go easy with the credit cards
“One quick way to spend beyond your means is to charge it,” says Mallary Tytel, president of Healthy Workplaces.

Use credit cards sparingly. Once you get into the habit of reaching for a Visa, it can be hard to stop.

“I saw a student pick up a bag of chips and charge it,” Tytel says.

Who wants to pay interest on a bag of Doritos?

6. Set your own credit line
“Just because you have a credit card with a $2,000 credit line doesn’t mean you have to spend $2,000,” DiSpirito says. “If you know you can only pay back $500, then just spend that.”

Afraid you’ll spend as long as there’s room on the card? Call your credit card company and request your credit limit be lowered. Keep at it. Card companies will try boost up your credit lines so you spend more. Tell them “no” each time they try.

7. Get real
You can do what you want, but you can’t do everything you want. You’re going to have to make some choices. Whatever you choose is going to cost some money. Be realistic.

“You need to understand you can’t have everything and you have to understand there are consequences,” Tytel says. “At some point there needs to be a reality check in terms of what things cost. Most kids have no idea.”

8. Stuff happens
If you bust your budget on something you really, really want to do this week, make up for it next week.

If you find that you must go out to dinner and a movie one week, spend the money; be satifisfied with the decision, and commit to staying home, eating at home and not making any other purchases the following week.

9. Look ahead
Whether it’s a road trip with friends or an auto insurance bill, if you know a big expense is coming, start putting some money aside to pay for it.

“It’s a lot easier to set aside $50 every month than to come up with $300 when the bill is due,” Oleson says.

10. Get in touch with your roomie
Contact your roommate before the semester starts and divvy up expenses. Chat about who will bring a refrigerator and who will bring a microwave.

This way you avoid duplicating purchases and excess spending, but will still have all the conveniences to make college life easier.

11. Spread it out
“Most of the big expenses are at the beginning of the school year,” Tytel says. “Buy books as you need them. That will spread out expenses.”

Don’t forget to check out prices from online bookstores. They may give you a better deal than the campus bookstore. Buy used books whenever possible.

12. Ask for help when you need it
“It’s very difficult to say ‘I’m in trouble and I need $2,000′ or ‘I spent my student loan money,’ ” Tytel says.

Screw up some courage and phone home. The longer you put it off, the worse things get.

5 Smart Tips To Manage Money With Your Honey

Jean Chatzky’s advice to help couples avoid fighting over financial issues

One of the hardest parts of a marriage or any other type of long-term relationship is managing the money: The guilt or worry that comes with spending money that’s no longer “yours,” but “ours”; the questions about why this month’s Visa bill is sky-high; and the resentment you feel when your partner comes home with a new outfit that was paid for, in part, by your paycheck.

So what do you do when your partner is a spender and you’re a saver? When your spouse’s idea of a long-term goal is saving for next summer’s vacation, not the kids’ college tuition? Or when you make the maximum contribution to your 401(k) and still toss and turn at night worrying about your retirement, while your partner sleeps soundly without a retirement plan at all?

It’s a sticky situation, no doubt about it. That’s why “The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money — and Live Richly Ever After,” (Collins) a new book by Sharon Epperson, a CNBC correspondent, really hit home with me.

“Payoff” examines key financial points you and your partner need to be in agreement on:

Keep separate accounts
There are more than a few benefits of a three-pot system, in which you each have an account and then share a house account for joint expenses, but mainly it helps eliminate feelings of guilt and resentment. It also lets you each have a hand in the daily finances. And, if the relationship takes a turn for the worst, you each have money in your own name.

Setting up a system like this is simple: Agree to deposit a certain amount (if your salaries are comparable) or percentage (if one partner makes a good deal more) into the shared account each pay period. The rest goes into your individual accounts.

Set a budget, together
As a couple, you have to get your priorities in line. Epperson and her husband sat down and agreed on what percentage of their income would go toward the things that are important to them. Her advice? Make sure you’re divvying up money that you can actually spend.

“I think the hardest part is for people to realize that your budget is not to be based on your full paycheck. It should be calculated after you’ve already taken money out for your savings,” says Epperson. Determine what your take-home pay is each month, then subtract about 10 percent for contributions toward savings. That leaves you with money you can throw toward things like transportation, debt, and mortgage or rent payments.

Plan
Major steps like buying a house, having children and retiring all play out better when you’ve taken the time to plan for them in advance.

“What I think is so important is to sit back and plan so you can lead your life a little more calmly,” explains Epperson. “When you have a game plan, you have a cushion, and with that comes a lot of peace of mind.” Talk about both your short-term goals (like that summer vacation), and your long-term goals (like retirement), and make sure you both have a similar picture of the future. And don’t forget to put some “just in case” money in a savings account that you can access in a pinch. There are some things, like layoffs or injuries, that just can’t be planned for.

Live within your means
It might sound simple, but I don’t just mean freezing the charge card in a block of ice. It’s easy to get in over your head, especially when it comes to housing.

If you’re ready to buy, and you’ve run all the numbers, go back over them and see if you’re missing anything. Did you account for lawn care? Taxes? The cost of living in that area? People too often forget to run this side of the equation, and end up struggling to meet the expenses that come with home ownership. The stress of this can put a real strain on any marriage. If you have to make sacrifices to make ends meet, be sure both partners are on board.

Talk about it
You can easily eliminate the problem of an insanely high credit card bill or an embarrassing bounced check by keeping each other informed of major expenditures.
It’s up to you to define “major,” but don’t let problems fester until it’s too late. If you’re angry about something, no matter how trivial, hash it out — but do it calmly. If that’s a goal deemed unachievable, enlist the help of a financial planner or adviser. Epperson and her husband did.

“One of the things that came out of that meeting was real goals. Our goals were really just immediate, and having an initial meeting forced us to start talking,” she explains. A good adviser will offer an initial consultation for free, so you can go in, lay out the facts of your situation, and find out how he or she can help before you have to pay up.

7 Tips To Manage Your Money Better

Cash flow is the fuel that keeps a business running smoothly. To make sure your company isn’t running on empty, check your current practices against these techniques used by the top money managers.

1. Create a cash flow budget.
A cash flow budget helps to ensure that you can comfortably pay all your expenses and enables you to manage your revenues and expenses proactively.

Key components include a sales/revenue forecast; anticipated inflows, such as accounts receivable; anticipated outflows, such as cost of goods sold; debt repayments; and operating expenses.

It’s important to keep your cash flow budget up-to-date and to make sure that it reflects changes in your operating environment and your plans for your business.

2. Know the sensitivities in your cash flow.
It’s important to pin down which items – such as price, volume, or overheads – will have the most impact on your cash flow.
Cost of goods sold, for example, has a significant impact on your cash flow, yet is difficult for you to change. At the same time, competitive pressures may prevent you from increasing prices.
Cash flow is also affected by inventory days and accounts receivable days.

3. Manage the credit you are extending to your customers.
There are a number of different ways to improve how you manage your receivables.
Establishing effective credit policies is an important part of successful cash flow management.
You might also think about how you can encourage clients to pay more quickly. For example, consider discounts for early payments, or charge interest on accounts that are past due.

While interest and late charges may actually become a source of income for your business, it’s important to apply some due diligence. Extremely late payments are more likely to become write-offs and will also keep some of your working capital tied up.

4. Keep your payables up-to-date.
Regularly reviewing your accounts payable schedule helps determine how well you are keeping up with your credit obligations.
A useful practice is to have an “aging schedule,” which shows you how much you owe, to whom, and whether you are current or past due on any bills.

5. Reduce expenses.
Look for ways to cut back: for example, can the cost of promotional materials (such as printing or production) be reduced without compromising their quality and impact?
When business volume steps up, bring in temporary, contract, or part-time help before committing to additional full-time staff.
An independent audit may reveal redundancies and inefficiencies that you can address.

6. Use credit effectively.
The best credit facility will depend on your company’s individual circumstances, business plans, and existing credit facilities.

For example, term loans are ideal for long-term capital purchases, while lines of credit can be used to meet short-term working capital requirements or to take advantage of unexpected business opportunities.

7. Put your company’s surplus cash flow to work.
Assess how much money you need to set aside for emergencies.
To do this, review your company’s cash flow history for any patterns.
As well, consider how potential changes in the economy, such as currency or interest rate fluctuations, could affect your revenues or expenses.

Any surplus in your cash flow can be used for business expansion, to pay off debts, or to maintain a certain level of working capital.

Tips To More Effectively Manage Money For Students

By: Jeremy Housewright

While college students are often criticized for their careless spending, most students generally do a better job managing money than they are given credit for.

A typical college student may have a college loan, a checking account, a savings account, a credit card, an ATM card, a debit card, a pre-paid phone card and a valuable student identification card.

It is easy for many college students to mess their finances up, considering most students are new at paying bills and managing expenses. However, 3 out of 5 college students manage to pay credit cards monthly, according to the Student Monitor survey. Most college students also work at a part-time job during the school year.

The Student Monitor survey also found that only 30 percent of college students like to by things on sale and most admit to buying on impulse.

“If I want something, like a CD or DVD, I’m going to buy it right away,” sophomore Chad Mueller said.

There are some easy tips that will help college students better manage their money.

Have only one credit card. More than one card just gives students the opportunity to get into more debt. Parents need to remind their children that credit cards are for convienence and emergency, not a loan.

College students need to learn to balance their checkbooks. The habit of writing a withdrawal down immediately is good.

Students should keep better track of spending. According to Student Monitor survey, the average student spends $200 a month on casual items, such as clothing and movies.

Sharing items will also save money. Try to share or trade clothing with friends. Selling back textbooks is also a good way to save money. For those who live in an apartment, sharing a vaccum cleaner or a grill is an easy way to save.

Investing is the ultimate way for a college student to preserve money. If a 20-year old manages to put money away in stock or mutual funds, their finances will look great in 10 years.

Saving Money For College

College students may find it really challenging budgeting their expenses while studying. Tuition fees, expenses on books and other miscellaneous fees have increased drastically nowadays. You may find students using photocopies of textbooks instead of buying expensive books.

You may also save more money by inquiring on a government college credit program. These programs will help you on your tuition fees, college books, and miscellaneous fees. You may ask your high school guidance counselor on how you can be qualified on these government credit programs.

As a student, you should find ways on how you can save money and limit your expenses on your college studies. Here are some tips on how to save more money while you are in college.

1. Find stores that sell second hand textbooks. You may also sell you old textbooks so that you can save more money on buying new or used textbooks.

2. Budget your daily expenditures and allot only what you will need for the day. Stick to that plan and you will realize the importance of budgeting yourself to what you only need.

3. You may try applying for a financial aid at the college admission section. If you are qualified, they will offer you a discount for your tuition and other miscellaneous fees.

4. Try to shop around for stores that offer discounts for college students on selected items. You may use debit cards if you have a checking account instead of using your credit cards in purchasing personal things.

5. Look for an apartment near campus. Make sure the price of the rent is reasonable enough for college students. Look for friends or future classmates who are looking for a place to stay. You may share one apartment so that the price of the rent wouldn’t be that heavy for you.

6. Decide on what course you will take up in college. In this way, you can prepare early and buy the books that you will need in advance. You may buy books online where prices are cheaper compared to bookstores near the campus.

You may also find a part time job inside the campus. Colleges offer jobs for qualified students. You may also be offered a scholarship as long you maintain the required average while you are working at school. You will also gain some work experience that may be added on your resume for future job applications once you finish college.

Save On Your Vacations

It is true that after all saving and cutting down all the expenses from other things like clothes, appliances and groceries, you and your family deserves a well planned vacation at least once a year.

However, it is still imperative to save as much as you can while having your vacation. Especially, while you are on vacation, more often than not, the budget is tough thing to keep.

Here are the ways on how you can save on your vacations:

Ø Save on Air fares – Make arrangements and book your flights ahead of time. Airlines normally have promos if you purchase your tickets in advance. Also, Airline tickets sell evening flights a little cheaper than those of the day flights.

If you are purchasing your Airline tickets from the travel agencies in your area, make sure to scout for the best deal of the ticket prices. When buying tickets for your family or for four or more passengers, there will be special discounts, be sure to ask for these opportunities to save.

Ø If possible, plan your vacation during the off-peak seasons. The travel agency has its peak and off-peak seasons. Make sure to research these dates. Every destination has its own determination of peaks seasons. Air fares and hotel accommodation are much cheaper during the lean seasons.

Ø Make sure to bring packaged snacks that are purchased at supermarkets. Eating and dining out in restaurants can be really expensive especially if you are traveling in groups.

Ø For road / land trips, as much as possible, bring your own car for your tour. Car rentals can be really expensive and unnecessary. Don’t forget an auto-check up from your favorite and trusted mechanic before leaving for vacation.

Don’t forget to fill your gas tank. This will allow you to shop for cheap gasoline stations and avoid unplanned stops along the way.

Ø Don’t pay for your vacation in credit unless you are very certain that you can pay on time. Interests on such credit can be a burden especially after having fun on your vacation.

Ø Don’t forget to turn off the possible on going expenses while you away on vacation. Discontinue your newspaper deliveries. Temporarily cancel your internet service when on vacation for more than a month. Turn off your gas and electric heater when you are away from home.

Ø Planning in advance can help you save with your budget. Prepare proper clothes to bring for the destination. Buying emergency clothes for cold climate can be really costly and should be avoided since you can pack all these from home. In this way, you can spend your vacation money on other important things.

Ø Always keep your receipts and track your records for all the expenses during the vacation. These can help for future vacations and can also be deductibles for taxes if you are on business trips.

Ø Plan for your Accommodation – considering homes of relatives or close friends can help you save on your vacation. You can also choose paid accommodations with cooking facilities. This can help you save money from eating out at restaurants. Take advantage of special offers from hotels or motels offering “family” rates.

Ø Be sure to take advantage of free tourist attractions such as parks, museums, free gardens and monuments.

Ø Consider an adventure trip or “camping” vacation. This is really cheap and fun. Some national parks and forest camp grounds can only charge you minimal fee for your stay, and some even let you rent your tents. The idea of marshmallow with hotdogs on your bonfire can be really exiting.

Ø Don’t forget to budget your money for your souvenir allowance. Don’t buy unnecessary souvenir items that can only be sold at your garage sale the following year. Buy something useful.

Ø Be sure to have portable irons when traveling. Press jobs at the hotels are really expensive.

Ø Don’t forget to bring your first aid kit that should contain, medicines, alcohol, and stuffs that can heal minor bruises and cuts.

Ø Leave and entrust your pets to your friends or families instead of bringing them along.

How To Save Money On Your Phone Service?

According to the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association otherwise known as the CITA, there are more than 100 companies providing different forms of phone services all over the United States.

These include land based telephones, wireless communication and broadband Internet. The top 5 firms are Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Verizon Wireless, and Alltel.

The competition is so fierce that some offer free calls after 9PM daily while others offer affordable rates by the minute or by the second. But there are other things that the customer has to pay for in order to become a subscriber.

In order to know which plan is best, it will be a good idea to do some research.

  • People need to budget the monthly expenses. The individual can do this by reviewing the phone bill over the last 3 months. This will tell the time and frequency of most calls made and the location.
  • In the middle or lower part of the bill, the customer might notice there is something called miscellaneous charges. This could be taxes or something else so it will really help to ask someone from the phone company for clarifications.
  • There are many service providers in the area where one may reside in. Since it is hard to inquire from each by speaking to someone on the phone, the subscriber can use the computer to compare the rates to see if the existing plan is still the best among the rest.
  • Some carriers announce special rates on certain months for new subscribers. It wouldn’t hurt to call the company to ask. Tie-ups between phone and credit card companies happen often. The customer can earn points, discounts or prizes if payment is made using this method.
  • The person should always ask if there are other charges that will come out in the bill. This will avoid any problems later on when the bill is sent to the home.
  • The charges are different for local and long distance calls. If the rates are too expensive, perhaps getting one that honors prepaid cards can save the person money in the long term.

The individual may have been a loyal customer for a number of years. If the plan given isn’t as good as it used to, perhaps it is time to switch to another phone service to able to save money in the future.

Easy Ways To Start Saving Money

Yeah, yeah.. You won’t be able to bring your money with you to the grave. But you will also be nearer to being six feet underground if you don’t have money. So better start knowing how to handle your finances, right?

Many people don’t want to embark on this endeavor either because they don’t want to be perceived as stingy or they simply feel deprived when they don’t acquire what use to satisfy their whims.

But if you don’t start learning how to unlearn your crappy big spender deeds, you might be found lying on the sidewalk soon. Do you want that to happen? Definitely NOT, right? So here’s what you could do to avoid becoming one of those pitiful beggars:

Spare Change Matters

Never loose those spare coins because they matter if you try saving them in a cookie jar or in any container you don’t use. Believe it or not, there are some people who have made their dream vacation come true just through their loose coin savings.

After a day’s work, how about putting all your loose coins in a jar? You can also purchase a cheap piggy bank. The glass made ones are advisable since it will avoid you from breaking it too soon unlike the plastic ones which you can open anytime you can’t get over the temptation.

Let Technology Help You

Manually doing the depositing of money to your savings account could be a bit tedious for many. However, if you let the advancement of technology lend you a hand, you can easily do that by setting up an automatic transfer from your checking account to your savings account.

Online banking has made it well-facilitated too for the savings-savvy but lazy people out there. You can just log in through your Internet-connected computer and do an online transfer to your savings account.

One more way to explore the potential of the Internet to let you save is through traveling cheap with the help of online scourers for cheap flights. Just key in “travel cheap search engines” and you’ll see thousands of results that will lead you to a non-bank-breaking travel arrangement.

Learn the Trading Game

Ever did baby-sitting for your neighbors during teen years? You can still do that now while saving. Who would’ve known that keeping an eye on an extra kid while playing with your own kids will save you some bucks? How?

Trade services by having a free ride to your office in exchange for a simple babysitting favor. Do you pack lunch for your hubby? Ask if he knows some office friends who would like have brown-bagged food prepared in exchange for a ride home. You might even turn those little favors into small businesses.

Save Electricity While Living in the City

You don’t have to forget about the urban life while saving. You can do away with some of the electrical appliances, though. Instead of using a vacuum cleaner in cleaning your carpets, a carpet sweeper can do the job just as well.

Lawn mowing can be done manually through the help of Edward Scissorhands, er, a pair of shears and maybe an extra pair of hands. You can even use the manual lawn mowing as a bonding time with your partner. Just be a tad more creative than the usual and you’ll see how you can save in the process.

Entertainment is Cheap, NOT

Maybe you’re used to having a late night out with your partner almost weekly to unwind. If you’re into fine dining, how about learning how to prepare one romantic candle-lit dinner yourself? Aside from the skills you will hone, your partner will surely have another good-cookie point recorded for you.

If you’re into going to last full shows watching movies, you can save and be better entertained by reading reviews online first before going to just about any movie that’s being shown. Reviews can have a big impact on your itch to watch. And, would you like to save big time? Avoid being a couch potato! Watching TV can make you succumb to impulse purchases.

These can’t be carried out quite well without a good amount of self-discipline, of course. Also, taking that first step will jump start your saving feat. Good luck and start saving TODAY!

Creation Of A Budget

No man is an island. We all need help once-in-a-while. We’re not only referring to personal matters. We’re talking about financial matters. We reach a point where we have to buy something out of necessity, but we can’t pay in full just yet. An example of this is a home.

Now the time has come for you to repay on what you own. You must have the discipline to plan out how much you should have saved so when your time is up and you have to shell out the money you owed there and then (plus interest), you wouldn’t have a hard time doing so.

Prioritize which of the debts must be paid first. Prioritize your bills. Make a list so it would be more organized because you could see it right in front of you.

This is what you call establishing goals. Establish first what must be prioritized over those you could schedule paying some other time.

The essential debts are debts that should be on top of your list. These are :

– Rent or mortgage. Of course, who in his right mind won’t pay up as soon as possible. Paying your rent or mortgage bills on time helps you have a roof over your head.

– Child support. If you don’t pay on time, there’s a possibility you can be held behind bars.

– Utility bills. As much as possible, set aside a budget on gas, heating, water, electricity or telephone when you get your paycheck. In doing so, when the bill comes, then you have something prepared.

– Car payments. This also includes car maintenance.

– Other secured loans. If you don’t repay collaterals, the creditor takes the property even without court interference.

The non-essential debts can be set aside because when these aren’t paid, they don’t have that much of a side effect. It’s a desired goal but not really a priority. The only concern that can be considered when you don’t pay non-essentials debts for a long period of time is the negative image it could project on your credit report.

– Department store and gasoline charges. Failure to pay these charges may result in losing credit card privileges. If it’s too large, you might be sued.

– Loans from friends and relatives. Morally speaking, there is an obligation to pay but sometimes since they’re family, we think that they will understand if we can’t. Check with them if you can delay the payment and ask them for how long.

– Newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Little by little, if you haven’t paid, they’ll amount to so much.

– Legal and accounting bills. If these remain unpaid after a long period of time, then that’s when you might be sued.

Control High Interest Debt

Your net worth is your assets minus your liabilities. Liabilities are debts. The more debts you owe, the lower your net worth will be. Plus whenever you have debts, you also pay for the interest, that’s why you lose more.

For practical reasons, it’s understandable why people sign up for loans. Take for example, buying a car or a home, it’s hard to shell out cash here and there. That’s why debt is a tool that when used wisely can benefit the borrower. However, the borrower must comprehend that a debt is still a debt and must be paid in due time – with interest.

When people don’t manage their money well, they get in financial trouble. It’s a cycle. They run short of cash, that’s why they borrow. Then they’re not able to stick to a budget so they can’t pay the debt.

Reasons why people get into serious debt are:

– Unemployment

– High cause of medical bills

– Settling divorce finances

– Spend-aholic or could not control spending

– Wasn’t able to save

– Not in the know on financial and credit matters

When talking about health, prevention is always better than cure. That’s the same with your money, better to save for a rainy day.

Here are some tips:

– Make a budget and do your best to stick to it. When it’s payday, have an amount allotted for the bills that have to be paid as soon as possible. This includes setting aside some for credit card debts.

– Save 10% of your salary for emergency. You don’t know what could happen the next day, next week or next month.

– When you have a choice of buying a purchase for a lower and practical price, then go for that one. Think, think, think before investing on something.

– If you have to borrow, research on the loan. Study the interest rate and the penalty fees. Then after borrowing, make a budget of how much you can save so that you can pay when called for.

It is common understanding that when you take out a loan, you repay the principal. The principal is the amount that you borrowed plus the interest.

You can control your credit card debt by looking at the interest rates of any loan you’re considering to sign up for before doing so. Interest rates vary and it is practical that you get one where you wouldn’t lose as much.

As much as possible, have at least one or two credit cards. Too much credit cards in your wallet can indulge you in buying something you don’t really need. You just buy it because you know you can. However, you’re not sure if you can pay off your debt when the occasion arises.


If you want to cut down on high credit card bills, you can:

– Pay cash instead

– Limit yourself on charging. Record it and do your best to not exceed that amount. You must always, always keep track.

– Choose the credit card which offers the lowest interest rate and has no annual fee.

– Just because you’re getting a free gift or a discount on a purchase, you’ll sign up for that credit card. This is their marketing strategy for possible customers.

– Most importantly, pay bills on time. This is for you to avoid late charges, plus additional interests.

Just bear this in mind: if you don’t pay on time then it would be reflected on your credit history. This could result to you having a hard time borrowing the next time. Banks and other credit lenders check your credit history before they grant your loan. Creditors look at the recent two-year history and those who have credit record that contains a lot of late payments, delinquencies or defaults may not be able to get the loan.

To put it simply, in order for you to invest, the best advice we could give is to choose the right loan.

Look for the lowest interest rate. The interest that you save can be spent on other investments.

Studies show that by increasing your monthly payments, it can shorten the payment term on your loan. The longer you wait, the higher the interest you’re paying. Besides, signing up for a shorter payment term equals less agony when it comes to coming up with the money to pay the debt.

The key is maximizing your net worth by minimizing your liabilities and maximizing your assets. Know how much you have and strategize on how you can increase it without losing much of it just to pay for debts.