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Author: Melissa Johnson

Principles For Debt Management

  1. Create an accurate assessment of your debt situation.
    Make a list, chart or whatever you’re most comfortable with, of all your debts. Be sure and include the amounts, interest rates, and expiration dates (especially on any no-interest for ## days type loans). Be sure and note any old accounts that you’ve got “laying around”, such as that department store credit account that you opened to get the 15% discount. You can now get a free credit report online. You should make sure that you’ve got a credit report and FICO score from each of the 3 national credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. The FTC advises monitoring your CREDIT REPORT activity ON ALL 3 BUREAUS. Under a new Federal law, you have the right to receive a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies. AnnualCreditReport.com allows you to request a free credit file disclosure (ie. Credit Report) once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies. This free credit report won’t include your credit score, but it does give you a consolidated list of your debts, a record of requests for your credit history,
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Low Interest Credit Cards

Contact Your Current Provider. Chances are the interest rate with your current credit card provider has been inching up for the better part of the past year. Whereas previously you could have had a 5% rate, the card may now be up to 8, 9, or even 10%. What can you do? Contact your credit card provider and ask for a lower rate. They can tell you no, at the risk of you going elsewhere, or give you a fixed lower rate. If your provider refuses to budge, see if they would consider a lower rate for a certain period of time, let’s say for six or twelve months. The added savings of the temporary lower rate can be beneficial especially if you have a big purchase coming up that you plan on paying off within 6 to 12 months.

Shop Around. Like most Americans, you probably are receiving solicitations in the mail for credit cards. If that is the case, find the plan that works the best for you and apply. Usually, a low introductory rate is offered as well as balance transfer options. If the card has no annual fees and no additional fees are assessed for transferring …

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Discharging Your Loan

The Obvious:

· If the student dies (death certificate required).

· If the student becomes permanently disabled.

Disability.

In the case of a loan discharge, the student involved must be permanently and completely disabled. This is also defined as being not able to work and earn an income due to an illness/injury that will most likely end in death.

It will pay you to check the laws in your state as these rules are continually being updated.

In some cases, only a conditional cancellation may be issued, this may last up to three years from when the student became disabled.

Another thing to consider is that if the conditions of the loan are not met, then the loan will revert back to its original state.

In either case, a doctor’s certification will also be required that will state the nature and details of the students illness/injury.

Closure

It may be possible to receive a discharge if the educational institution actually closes.

Other

It may be possible to also obtain a discharge if the loan was approved in spite of the fact that the student did not meet the requirements of the loan conditions.

Also, f the school does not meet …

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About Avoiding Credit Card Traps

First and foremost you must understand that using your credit card after you’ve received this notification results in your automatic “agreement” to the new terms in the notice. To prevent these new terms from affecting your account you must stop using that credit card immediately or by the date given in the notification statement.

The most common modifications to credit card agreements include new APR’s (annual percentage rates), new fees and/or changes to existing fees, or a change to the grace period on your account. The grace period is the number of days during which any credit used for purchases may be repaid in full without incurring a finance charge.

Not knowing or not keeping track of the dollar amount limit on your card is another trap you should avoid. Credit card issuers will allow you to charge a small amount over the limit set on your account. However, don’t be surprised when you get hit with an “over limit fee”, usually around $35.00 or higher, on your next statement. Also, be prepared for your APR to be increased if you go over your credit limit.

You’ll also trigger an increase to your interest rate if you miss your payment …

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Dirty Tricks Credit Card Companies Play

The first one out of the some dirty tricks credit card companies play is also the worst of them: not posting your payment the day it was received. This is the oldest known trick: the company receives your payment in time but it doesn’t process it immediately; this delay will bring to the company a late payment fee. This is often due to legitimate reasons, but the policies of many credit card companies support a processing time that is not beneficial to you. A second trick is to make you pay late by changing the due date for your credit card payment. For being late the company will charge again a late payment fee and if the situation repeats for few months in a row they can legally increase your interest rate. The third trick played by the credit card companies is a ridiculous one: you can be charged a penalty fee for not using your credit card a certain period of time. As unbelievable as it might seem, this is a new tactic of the credit card companies to take your money. Another two tricks used are in connection with the client’s peace of mind. Both of them are …

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Points to Evaluate Online Lenders

Privacy

In the modern world of ecommerce, it is essential that all respectable businesses honor your right to privacy:

  • Check for a posted PRIVACY POLICY, prominently displayed on the homepage of your prospective lenders site. Read it. Does it make sense to you? Does it address how they will use your email address, your name, and your private information?
  • Do they ask for things that may seem unreasonable at this stage of the game? Be wary of requests for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and similar information that may not be appropriate early on, for example, when you are filling out the initial, short form. Naturally, your lender will need that information down the road, but certainly not right out of the gate, when initiating the first steps towards a relationship with you.
  • Is the lender a member of a posted, third party, privacy program? For example, TRUSTe is one such independent company that will designate a member site. You can look for their emblem, and similar third-party companies. This is not a requirement for securing a good privacy policy; however, it is worth noting.

Design

The storefront of the online world, is the website. Therefore, it is important …

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