Getting a personal loan in today’s economy

Getting a personal loan in today’s economyThanks to a bad economy, lenders are running scared. Even though there are some signs of economic recovery, currently most lenders are not lessening any credit requirements for most personal loans. When many people defaulted on their loans last year, many lenders tightened requirements, making it harder for folks with dings on their credit to qualify for most loans – especially unsecured loans. Now, even though the economy is recovering slowly, demand for loans is low (that means that fewer people are borrowing). Despite this, lenders are not necessarily making it easier for people to secure loans. At the same time, they are not making loan requirements more demanding.

If you need a personal loan right now, you will need very good credit. The tough standards in place during last year are still in place. Over the next year or two, it is possible that credit requirements will loosen somewhat, making bad credit loans and unsecured loans easier to get. For now, if you need a loan be sure to check out our guide to weathering the credit crisis. Improve your credit as much as you can and apply for a loan. If your credit needs a lot of work and you need cash for an emergency, keep in mind that payday loans are still plentiful and easy to get. Although they may be more expensive than traditional loans, they are a good option to have in an emergency.…

Why it’s so hard to get rid of debt

Why it’s so hard to get rid of debtGetting out of debt is vital if you want to save money, develop a healthy financial life, and store up good savings. For many people, however, getting rid of debt is very difficult, and it seems that after effort, debts remain. There are many reasons for this:

1) Not developing an emergency fund. If you are trying to pay down payday loans, credit cards, personal loans and other types of debt without an emergency fund, you are not setting yourself up for success. Without savings, any financial emergency you run into will result in more debt as you take out payday loans and cash loans to pay for the emergency. Set up an emergency fund first, so that you can stop taking on new debt and pay down the debt you do have.

2) Not taking care of revolving debt first. Revolving debt – such as credit cards and lines of credit – tends to keep growing and can last for years or a lifetime. You need to tackle this type of debt to stay debt-free. It is especially important to pay down credit card debt, because of the high interest rates.

3) Not changing underlying issues beneath the debt. Usually, there is something fuelling your debt. It could be a sudden health problem, a shopping addiction, or living above your means. It is important to target and change this issue in order to break free of debt forever.…

What is the right auto insurance for you?

What is the right auto insurance for you?Car insurance varies widely and there are so many options available that it can be hard to determine what insurance is right for you. You don’t want to be underinsured but you also don’t want to pay more for insurance you do not need. The first thing you will want to consider are options. All states require liability insurance, a coverage that covers damages to the other car involved in an accident. However, you may want to protect your car as well. If you rely on your car, have a car loan, or have a newer or more valuable car, you will want comprehensive and collision coverage for your own car. Comprehensive insurance covers theft, vandalism, and other non-accidental damage. Collision insurance covers your costs for repairing or replacing your car in the event of an accident. How much coverage you should get will depend on the value of your car. If you have a newer car or a car loan, you may also want to get uninsured motorist coverage, which covers you in the event that you are in an accident with someone who does not have adequate coverage.

You will also need to determine your deductible. This is the amount you will pay out of pocket in case your car is stolen, damaged, or in an accident. The more you are willing to pay in deductibles, the lower your premiums will be. Also, look for other ways to lower your car insurance costs. In many cases, you can get a better price just by calling around to different insurance companies. Some companies will also offer hefty discounts if you insurance multiple cars with one insurer or you insure your home and car with the same insurance provider.…

The one thing you must do this week financially

If you don’t already have a buffer fund or an emergency fund, please get one this week. Few things have the power of an emergency fund, and this is a step you can take financially in minutes. Today, determine one thing you can give up this week – maybe you can rent a movie or borrow one from the library. Maybe for one week, you can avoid dining out, getting fast food, or entertainment costs. Put the money you save into your emergency fund.

Today, call your bank and find out how to establish a savings account. Look for a savings account that has a low monthly fee. Some banks offer online accounts which are less expensive than many traditional accounts. Ask your bank whether they offer you the option of rounding up purchases you make on your debt card purchases and depositing the difference in your savings account. If your bank offers this service, sign up for it. It’s a great way to build up your savings account without missing the money. While you’re talking to your bank, ask them about their interest. Look for the highest interest savings account you can. Now, commit to adding to your emergency or buffer fund each month, even if you can only contribute a small amount some months.…

Financial resources you need to have

Resources are tools that can help you keep track of your finances and can help you get out of financial problems fast. In addition to checking out our suggested resources, you will want to have these resources on hand:

Financial resources you need to have

1) An emergency fund. This is hands-down your most important financial resource. Having an emergency fund ensures that in case of an emergency you have the cash you need without turning to a cash loan or payday advance.

2) All your emergency documents in one place (a safe, preferably). The agreement you have signed with your bank, the deed (or lease) for your home, your insurance documents, your bank statements, your income tax returns, and other financial documents should be stored safely in your home in a safe or in a bank in a deposit box.

3) Financial emergency numbers. In your home and wallet, you should have a list of numbers you can call in an emergency. These should include the numbers you call in case your credit cards are stolen, someone you can call if you need an emergency personal loans, and other important numbers.

4) A written financial emergency plan. You should have a written financial plan, outlining step by step what you need to do in case you lose your job, are suddenly unable to work, or sustain a huge debt in some other way. A written plan lets you start taking the right steps at once.…