Archive for February 2019

How Interest Rates Work

I’m sure you have seen interest rates on a variety of different credit cards, car loans, student loans or other lines of credit. But what do these numbers mean? An interest rate is simply what you are being charged on a loan. For example, if you take out a $25,000 car loan at 5% interest, you will not only owe the original $25,000, but you will also owe an additional $1,250 in interest over the life of the loan.

Alternatively, interest can work in your favor and tell you how much you will be paid on your money. Different savings accounts, CD’s and investment vehicles tell you exactly how much interest you will be paid by putting your money in that specific account.

If you are looking to find out how you can get interest working in your favor, check out the list of online banks and investment vehicles that we recommend HERE on our website.

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MONDAY MONEY TIP PODCAST: Top Money Questions – February 2019

Welcome to Episode 34 of the Monday Money Tip Podcast! It’s the last Monday of the month, so we’re answering your top money questions. This week, our questions range from 401(k)’s to purchasing a house to how to get started investing in the stock market. During our Current Money Events portion of the podcast, we’ll give a real estate update and discuss current home prices. You’ll also hear a success story about how a budget changed one listener’s life in just one month.

It’s our goal at the end of each episode that you gain hope and encouragement in your financial journey, you’re equipped to take a next step, and that you’ve had FUN with us!

Find the Monday Money Tip Podcast HERE. Please let us know what you think by leaving us a rating!

Email info@iwbnin.com to ask questions or share success stories.

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Show Notes

About the Episode:

  • I’ll discuss real estate and home prices in our current money events segment.
  • Hear how budgeting for just ONE month changed a listener’s life forever.
  • We’ll answer your top money questions from this month.

Resources:
IWBNIN Tools
Market Trends Article
U.S. Census Bureau
Median and Average Home Prices
IWBNIN Ladder
Social Security Administration
IWBNIN Next Steps: Investing
Investment Value Calculator
Oxen
Joe’s Blog

Quote of the Day: “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” – Confucius

 

How Do Payday Loans Work?

I have two words when it comes to payday loans: RIP OFF! This type of lending is what I would classify as TRBL debt. T-R-B-L. Terrible. This type of lending is awful, and it should be illegal! So how do these loans work exactly?

First, these businesses set themselves up in sections of town where people have little money and little education. They prey on people who are in a financial bind and offer small loans of 200 or 300 dollars and then charge exorbitant amounts of interest. I have seen some interest rates as high as 782%!

As if paying these ridiculously high-interest rates wasn’t enough, these companies also force people to refinance these loans as often as every two weeks. This means that people are being continuously charged refinance fees on top of the crazy interest rates! Do you agree with me now? This type of lending should be illegal!

No matter how bad you think your financial situation is, I strongly urge you, do NOT fall victim to a payday loan. This type of lending is designed to trap you into a situation that you literally cannot win! Don’t let this happen to you!

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MONDAY MONEY TIP PODCAST: How to Never Have a Car Payment

Another episode of the Monday Money Tip Podcast is live! Many people believe they will always have a car payment but we’re here to tell you that this is simply not true. On today’s episode, we’ll share what you can do in order to never have another car payment. In our Current Money Events segment, we will cover the volatility in the stock market and later hear a success story from a woman who became debt-free including her mortgage!

It’s our goal at the end of each episode that you gain hope and encouragement in your financial journey, you’re equipped to take a next step, and that you’ve had FUN with us!

Find the Monday Money Tip Podcast HERE. Please let us know what you think by leaving us a rating!

Email info@iwbnin.com to ask questions or share success stories.

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Show Notes

About the Episode:

  • We’ll share what you can do in order to never have another car payment.
  • Get an update on the stock market in our Current Money Events segment.
  • Hear a success story from Diane, who paid off all her debts including her mortgage.
  • Hear how depreciation can (and will!) affect your vehicle’s value.

Resources:
I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.
Oxen Book
Known, Upcoming Non-Monthly Expenses Calculator
CarFax Article
Investment Value Calculator

Quote of the Day: “If you think no one cares if you’re alive, try missing a few car payments.”

 

Have A Debt-Free Vacation With This Tool

Are you going to take a vacation this year? My guess is that your answer is YES. You have probably already decided when and where you want to go and have started dreaming about it. Now, how are you going to fund this vacation you’ve dreamed up? If you start planning now, you could fund it with cash!

By planning ahead of time, you can more accurately see just how much each aspect of your vacation will cost. You can anticipate travel, gas, lodging, food, entertainment and other expenses. Once you know how much your vacation is expected to cost, you can save money ahead of time!

We recommend using our Mini-Budget Tool to plan your vacation spending. You can really plan your vacation three different ways to see different scenarios and how they affect your bottom line. If you spend your money on paper, you can stay within budget during the trip.

Setting a budget and planning ahead of time is key to having a debt-free vacation. And I guarantee you, a debt-free vacation is a million times better than the alternative. You can have all the fun with your family without the stress of the incoming credit card bill.

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