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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Drowning In Debt

Lesser are the loans to service

As you would have experienced, keeping track of several loans and trying to pay various bills by the due date is a tedious affair. Even when you have to ability to service all your debts, it is easy to miss payments when the number is large. And within no time it can balloon into a gigantic problem. When you consolidate all your debts into one or two, you get a much better perspective of your financial picture and your debt problems appear much less alarming.

Lesser is the interest outflow

Different debts carry different rates. Also, there is the additional penal interest whenever you default. When you take a single loan to pay off multiple debts, the interest payout on this new loan is almost surely lower than the sum total of interests on many individuals loans. This is a double bonanza. One, your monthly payout reduces. Two, lesser payout means more money in hand, which can be helpful in accelerating your debt reduction. So within a short period of time you will see a rapid decline in your liabilities.

Lesser is the time pressure

One of the key aspects of too many debts is too many missed payments. Naturally, therefore, you are under immense pressure of these numerous unpaid bills. And, despite your good intentions, you may have no means to pay them all off at one go. What if you get an opportunity to repay the overdue amount in instalments? Combining debts comes to your rescue by staggering these outstanding payments over a longer time frame. With the pressure off, you start rebuilding your life with a lot more peace of mind.

Lesser is the harassment

Many debts means many forgotten bills. And many unpaid debts means many unhappy lenders. Many unhappy lenders means many foreclosure notices and many threatening phone calls. One or two creditors, post consolidation, means lesser chances of not remembering your due dates. No delays means no more harassment.

Some Benefits of Payday Loans

No Strict Qualifications

Payday loans are easy to qualify for. Even if you have a bad credit score, you can qualify. All you need to do is let the loan provider know that you have a job and that you make enough money each month to pay back the loan. If you meet these qualifications, the provider will grant the loan. On the other hand, other types of loan require a lot of time consuming background checks before you get access to the loan amount. In some cases, the background checks take weeks to complete. As a result, you have to wait for a few weeks before getting the funds in your account.

No Cash Advance Limits

If you can get a payday loan, what you can do is get cash quickly that you can spend on whatever you want. On the other hand, with a credit card, the bank won’t allow you to get the cash and spend it on whatever you want. You can use the credit card online; however, if you get the cash, you will be charged a very high rate of interest. Moreover, you can’t get the same amount in cash that you can spend to buy stuff online. For instance, with some cards that have an online spending limit of $10,000, you can only get $2,000 in cash through an ATM machine.

Flexibility

Flexibility of a payday loan is another advantage that you can get. You won’t have any restriction as to where you can spend the money. On the other hand, with other kinds of credit, you have some restrictions to consider. For instance, if you go for a car loan or mortgage, you can only spend it on a car or a house. You can’t spend that money to buy other things you may need to do your routine work. You are bound to spend the money on either a house or a car.

Stuck in Debt Trap

We continually hear these statements: you deserve the best, shop till you drop, just charge it, treat yourself, pay later. What sounds like a good idea ends up becoming a burden when the credit card statements come and there isn’t enough in our bank account to cover the minimum amount.

Have you ever considered how much money you spend on stuff you don’t really need? There is a huge difference between needs and wants. We might really believe that we need something when in fact, we really don’t need it, we just want it. Here is a quick list of some costly wants:

  • COFFEE – If you buy 2 coffees a day costing $1.60 – in one year you will spend $1,168.00.
  • EATING OUT – If you eat out at a restaurant once a week and spend $80.00 – in one year you will spend $4,160.
  • TAKE OUT – If you bring home food once a week and spend $40 – in one year you will spend $2,080.
  • CLOTHING – If you buy 1 new item of clothing each week and spend $50 – in one year you will spend $2,600.
  • GROCERIES – If you buy extra snacks, sweets and treats each week when you buy groceries and spend $40 – in one year you will spend $2,080.

If you total all these things, they come to over $12,000! Yikes. This could buy a car, a down payment on a house or even be saved towards the future.

Avoid Credit Card Fraud

Keep your card safe – It is very important that you keep your cards safe and away from the reach of other people. Place your cards in a bag or wallet close to your body so that it cannot be easily snatched away. If you use a purse, make sure that it is properly zipped so that the cards do not fall off from your purse. Also, instead of carrying all your debit and credit cards with you all the time only carry those that you need.

Be cautious when using your card online – When you use your card to shop online, be careful and make sure that you only use it on websites that are legitimate and offer SSL encryption security for online payments. If the site does not provide adequate security, your card information can be stolen and the same can be used for identity theft or for making fraudulent transactions with your card.

Keep a track of your account – Opt for mobile and email alerts to keep a track of your credit card account all the time. In case of any unauthorized usage of your card you can report it to the bank immediately. You can also access your account online through electronic banking and make sure that you are aware of all the transactions made with your card.

Keep your PIN safe – When you swipe your card at merchant outlets to make payments, you will need to provide a 4 or 6 digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) to authorize the transaction. Make sure that you do not share your PIN with anyone or write it on any piece of paper as it can be stolen and misused.

Shred your statements and other documents – Shred your credit card statements and all other documents that have your card information on them. Your account information can be accessed online and all other details will be available on your card. Even if you forget your password, user ID or PIN you can get them reset by contacting the customer support team of your bank. Hence, it is important that you shred all possible documents that include information about your card.

Inform the bank if your card is lost or stolen – In case your card is lost or stolen, call the card issuing bank immediately and inform them about the same. The customer support representative of your bank will then guide to you to get the card blocked so any unauthorized usage of your card can be avoided. The representative will also inform you about the steps you need to follow to get a new card.

Payment Gateway

While the whole process of swiping the card takes not more than a few seconds, there are quite a few factors which affect the money transfer process. So choosing a proper processor is a must to make the complete process secure and fast. It should also be hassle free without any hidden charges or any other fees. Payment processing speed and security could be a deal breaker with the customer if it is not up to the mark. Accepting credit card is not enough, you should also look for a merchant account services. A few payment processing companies have a high merchant account rate but provide mediocre merchant services.

A proper Credit Card processor provides support to every aspect of your business starting from merchant account processing by providing you with merchant processing account. The processing of credit cards and debit cards with a fast response from both the front-end and backend is the key to a proper business merchant processing. The charges may vary according to the payment gateway, but you can find yourself relieved of the hassles you otherwise had to take. They take care of the details of cards along many devices like mobile device, POS, etc., and verify the data according the card holders name. The transfer request is sent almost immediately for crediting the same amount to the merchant’s account.

These companies are already developing their commitment towards the security of transfers. Even the small businesses are relying more on the cashless transaction, thus the small business merchant support is also being provided by many such processors. They accept credit card payments and process them taking utmost care to provide security and speed.

To assure the merchant of the security and speed of the processing, the companies are engaging their efforts in making the payment gateway more encrypted. Thus any chances of forgery or hacking are obliterated. With the latest 128-bit SSL algorithm, only the merchant and customer have the right to know the required part of the transaction, I. e. PIN number or identification number on the part of customer and another PIN number for the merchant. This classified information provide the base of the secure mode of payment.