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All money is a matter of belief

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Understanding Emotional Spending And Saving

How you use your money is a reflection of your thoughts and emotions. Another way to say this is that you handle your money according to how you think and how you feel. When your thoughts and emotions are unbalanced or unhealthy, this will show up as unbalanced spending, addictive behaviour or irrational decision making.

How Does This Work?

If you have an emotional issue or a negative thought form, and you don’t know to resolve it, money will be used to “paper over” the issue until it goes into your subconscious mind – or you are not thinking or feeling it any more. An example is if you believe you are unworthy of having a good job, you will struggle along in your present job. You may be technically making enough money to make ends meet and to enjoy some of your time, but this thinking makes you feel off. You want to feel better at a given moment in time, so you buy yourself a “treat”. There is nothing wrong with doing this as long as the intentions are clear. If you buy yourself a treat all of the time instead of “fixing” the negative emotion, you will get into the habit of buying things all of the time. It may get to the point that you are not even enjoying the things you are buying – you are simply using the shopping as pain relief. If this happens often, you will start to run out of money and this will cause other issues.

What Is this Addictive Behaviour?

I use the word “addictive” to describe this situation because the pattern is similar to a drug or alcohol addiction. A trauma happens resulting in a negative emotion that cannot be resolved. The emotion stays in the body and resurfaces later on, causing negative feelings. Alcohol is consumed to soothe anger. Since the alcohol makes you feel better, it is consumed whenever the negative emotion comes up. This becomes a habit, and the alcohol is consumed regularly – and it becomes an association like “I am angry and I want to feel better.” The alcohol starts to make you ill because too much alcohol stresses your body and you become “an alcoholic” when you don’t have another way to feel better. Meanwhile, the original trauma and anger are still residing in the body.

For the alcoholic, the booze is the “hit” that makes you feel better. For money, buying things that gratify represents the “hit”. You will know it is a hit because the euphoria wears off quickly and the problem is still there the next day. It may even look worse because you feel guilty at having gotten drunk, stoned or broke, and still the bad feelings persist.

How Do I Resolve this?

Money is often spent unconsciously – this means that money is spent in reaction to a feeling or thought rather than a conscious decision. The solution involves bringing the unconscious into the conscious so you can change the reaction. How do you do this?

When you buy things, write down what you purchase so you can see it. For frequent and small purchases, as well as for infrequent purchases, recording the transactions will allow you to see how much you spend over a period of time and whether it is reasonable or not. You will likely forget how many times you made frequent or rare purchases.

Pay in cash. The act of taking cash out of your bank account, counting it at that time, holding the money in your hand and counting it when you buy something forces you to ask yourself why you are doing a transaction. Since it is now conscious, the cold light of reason or observation may change your decision. Paying with a debit card, credit card or other electronic means does not register in your conscious mind the same way and the “check and balance” of your mind is typically bypassed.

Ask yourself how you are feeling when you decide to buy something. If you are craving something, are moody, irritated, frustrated or angry, you are likely to buy more. I speculate that you are forced to line up and wait for purchases or are put on hold when buying on the telephone to get you frustrated for this reason.

Don’t shop hungry, thirsty, distracted or emotional. If you are not happy or satisfied when you enter a store or web site, you are bound to want to feel good instantly, and this means buying things you really don’t need.

Man Versus Society

Unfortunately, handling money wisely and shopping because it is the best decision to make is discouraged. Consuming at all costs and for all reasons is encouraged. You are never asked if you need the item you are buying, whether you can afford it, whether you have better things to do with your money, whether you should maybe not shop at all or whether you should buy at a later time. The siren call of shopping as much as you can right now with debt if necessary is what you will constantly face from society. Since nobody will ask the questions, you will have to ask them yourself and provide your own balance to the insanity of spending blindly.

Emotional Saving

Is spending money bad? No, spending and saving are decisions that can be made for good or bad reasons. Can someone save too much money? The answer is a resounding yes. The frugal person may have their own demons to deal with which are: I don’t have enough money, I may need the money tomorrow, I want to make sure I survive etc. This person may never spend when they should be buying things. This person can also be hungry, thirsty, distracted or emotional and can make decisions to never shop because that keeping their money makes them feel better.

Balance

The key is all about balance. If you can balance your thought patterns and emotional states, your bank account will also be balanced. If you are buying things because they are valuable to you and you are getting a lot of joy from them, than these things are likely worthwhile. You will also have to dig deeply into where the feelings of lack, guilt, shame, rage and frustration come from. Once you realize that you are loveable, adequate, powerful and worthy, many of these addictions simply will not exist.

Do you want to: Learn how the world of money really works without the need of a time consuming or expensive course of study? Discuss what you want to achieve according to your horizon? Restructure your finances to achieve your goals? Advice that is not affiliated with any institution or any product – an independent opinion?

 

Trying Online Payment For First Time

Consumers are used to having instant connections with information, entertainment, other users through text message, social media and products they want to purchase. Since people expect that almost all their needs can immediately be addressed with the help of technology, it is not surprising that they would rather go for online payments and the businesses that accept them.

The top reasons why people choose online payments are as follows:

They get rid of geographical limits.

A person who travels to another country/continent has to adapt to the place and make do with what they have inside their wallet. This may mean exchanging foreign currency or using another credit card than what they would commonly use. Online payments get rid of the problems that keep them from joining in an international marketplace.

A lot of payment processors supply businesses so they can accept a wide range of currencies, automatically compute the current exchange rate based on the currency, and also adjust to the language and info provided in checkout forms to take in the different languages spoken by buyers, depending on the currency used.

They are more convenient than ever.

Payment technology is so advanced to the extent that consumers are able to make an online payment even though they did not bring their card or wallet with them. Besides the growing popularity of mobile wallets, studies reveal that online consumers continue to go for other simpler forms of funding. As a matter of fact, above 80% of respondents said that they made use of a card-free payment tool last year for online payment.

They let consumers save on time.

Aside from being convenient in terms of transaction speed, online payments get rid of the need for consumers to go to a physical store, spend their precious time, and wait for their turn to pay. Studies regarding the psychological effect of waiting in line show how time is precious to consumers. They have the tendency to exaggerate how much waiting consumes their time by almost 40%. Even if the length of time lost by a customer from waiting in line is true or just imagined, the perception is real. Online payments give a clear advantage just by providing the buyer with a choice of how to spend time.

They give more buyer protection.

When customers buy from a small business – whether online or from a physical store – they need to establish a certain amount of trust with the seller, since this is their first time to buy from this merchant. No matter how clear a business explains its policies on return, exchange, as well as customer satisfaction, consumers may still be a bit hesitant. Online payments can address this problem. When they use a credit card for online payment that gives a guarantee of the lowest price for a declared number of days, an extension of manufacture warranties and the right to dispute a purchase, they can have the peace of mind that they will be given protection, whatever the merchant’s policy is.

 

All About Online Bill

Online bill pay is fast becoming a popular means of payment among people who want to practice good debt management skills, and save on both time and money in the process.

What exactly is online bill pay?

Generally, it is a payment method that lets an individual carry out payment instructions to creditors electronically through a computer program. This can virtually get rid of errors, making it easier to manage debt. In addition, it is faster than mailing checks.

Online bill payment methods come in two basic categories: those being offered via a bank, and those offered via a service provider- like a credit card or phone company.

In general, online bill pay is designed to be fast and simple to use. Majority of major banking institutions, as well as businesses, provide this service without any charge. Individuals can choose to manually enter their payments every month, or arrange for an automatic withdrawal from their account. Automatic withdrawal allows them to set up their payments before their due date without worrying about giving manual instructions to make a monthly payment. The creditor will transfer funds straight from the bank, and enter these funds into their account with no action needed whatsoever.

Advantages of Choosing Online Bill Pay

The following information will help you consider the different advantages of using online bill pay:

Hassle-free

Individuals can save on time when using the online bill pay platform. Instead of writing out checks, wetting stamps and filing lots of papers, they can set up an online account to get rid of all these steps. It will also be easier and faster to manage their debt.

When they need to go over past bills, they do not have to waste time in looking for them – because all their account information can be seen in one centralized location.

Cost Efficient

They can save on the stamping costs, which can add up. The average household gets 15 bills every month, which could amount to $70 a year in just postage costs.

They can avoid late payment fees that are incurred every time a payment is received after the due date. Missed payments could lead to the following:

  • Increase in interest rates;
  • Late payment charges and over limit fees.

When the payment is past due, their account could possibly go to collection status.

Convenient

What is a more convenient solution to managing debt? Individuals could create their own automatic online bill account, so they can set up recurring payments that are to be regularly withdrawn from their account. This decreases the chance of late /lost payments, saving time in the process.

When they find out that one of their bills is due for payment on the next day, the best way to make sure that their payment will be posted on time is through online bill pay.

 

Tips To Spend Your Money Wisely

The humans of the earth have a habit of spending their hard-earned money on things that do not please them, but their society. The wedding celebration is one of those things that requires a lot of money, but it ends up being a waste, at least partially if not entirely. The bigger the status of a family, the greater are their expenses on a wedding. For some people, a celebration turns out to be a nightmare. So much so, that they end up taking loans just to celebrate an occasion that could have been done in a simple, yet enjoyable manner. The youth these days is more interested in spending more on their honeymoon and lifelong travel plans rather than one day of marriage celebration, which is just an example of extravagance.

Spending money on travel

Going to a new city is not just seeing new sights; it is the emotional fulfillment that matters. Traveling to the serene hills and soul-quenching beaches can be the best thing in the world. You can put aside some money every month from your earnings to fulfill your travel plans. When you talk to a monk in a Buddhist monastery, you will have much more clarity about his religion. When you hear your voice echoing from the depth of the mountains, it will reverberate in your heart. When you go for scuba diving in the ocean, you will test the potential of your abilities. When you let yourself fly from a height of 7,000 feet in a tandem Paraglide, you will feel the air touching your face in the purest form, and those few minutes will relieve your soul from the world. Among many other things in the world that gratify your mind and heart, travel can liberate you the most.

Spending money on education

Educating yourself as well as others is a part of emotional fulfilment that people often seek. When you have money, you love to spend it on things that amuse you. However, it gives another level of satisfaction when you make a few expenses for the sake of others. Try teaching your children or those of others; it enlighten your mind a notch higher. Many travelers around the world become part-time teachers in whichever city they go. They seek satisfaction in teaching the underprivileged kids or simply impart a skill that they know, but other adults in the society do not. Receiving and giving education is something that keeps millions of travelers going, be it in the form of academic knowledge, culinary skills, or martial arts.

A wedding is just one instance of wasteful expenditure; people can manage many other things in much less money than they expend. The money and resources that they save are worthy enough to be used in much better places. Momentary happiness is one thing and seeking a lifetime of bliss is another. You can be there at the mountaintop in the Himalayas and still feel the discontent in your heart. On the other hand, you can cook a pizza for your family and friends to attain immense happiness that you always wanted. You should always do the soul-searching to realize what makes you happy and satisfied. It is of no use doing things for other’s sake, be it anyone in the world, if it does not soothe your mind. In the end, it is you who would evaluate your life and judge its worth. If you can bring a smile on your face while thinking of all the years you have spent till now; your life was absolutely worth living.

 

How To Get Money Fast For Student Loan

When applying for student loans, one of the most important things for you to consider is how you can get your loan approved in the fastest possible time.

Certainly, when you are just starting your study, these are the times when you have to be totally focused on the decisions you are making and this certainly includes the financial ones as well.

What is certain, is that you need to be de-stressed about your choices and helping to get your loan approved in the fastest time possible will certainly help in the de-stressing process.

Let’s look at few methods to help fast-track your finances and then let’s take a look at some methods you can help turn around the debt process and put some money back in your pocket.

Tips to Help Fast Track Your Loan

  1. Standard Student Loan. This type of loan will give you funds almost straight away and the bonus is, that you won’t have to may repayments until after you have received your academic qualifications.
  2. Cosigner. Having someone cosign your loan agreement will certainly speed up the approval process, certainly if your cosigner has a good credit score will also help. A cosigner can be a family member, friend or anyone who has faith in you.
  3. Online. One of the ways to fast track your loan approval is to apply online and use the online application that the lender has available. Once your loan is approved, you will have access to the funds almost immediately.

Tips to Help You Generate a Passive Income

  1. Blogging. This seems a bit cliché but people are making big dollars from simple blogs. Some of these blogs can cost $0 to set up and only require an hour or so a week for you to maintain them. Do a search for the ‘top ten bloggers’ and you will be amazed.
  2. Kindle. Did you know that you can publish a book on the kindle platform in about 7 minutes? This system is so simple to use that many people are now starting to jump on board and self-publish micro-books (these are short books 10-30 pages that solve a specific problem).
  3. Crowd-fund. This is perhaps one of the quickest ways to raise some fast capital that exists today short of winning the lottery. You can put up a short campaign on one of these sites so that ‘the crowd’ can donate to your cause. You can even get your own software and set up your own crowdfunding website in minutes.

I hope that you have found some great tips about student loans and how you can fast track your cash flow. Good luck with your endeavors.

How Student Loan Works

Studying in a global university is an uphill task. With increasing admissions and other expenses, parents cannot guarantee the finance for their child’s higher education. Securing admission under this scenario requires money and time management too. The range of expenses include admission costs, hostel rent books and the tuition fee. Parents dream of a successful career, and therefore, nothing should come in way of pursuing the studies. Parents help to a great extent money wise, but even they have their limits. In this situation, students are offered an opportunity to take care of their expenses in the form of short term student loans. Availing the loan is fairly simple. A loan benefits by providing the funds to take care of their cost of education.

Advantage of the Student Loan

The loan is important to anyone looking forward to secure finance for their higher education. The acquired funds have capability of helping the students for further education. There are a few advantages to these loans listed here that will help the borrower make a sensible decision:

• Minimal Interest Rates

Before applying for any type of loan, people are cautious about the interest rates. Nobody wants to burden themselves with whopping interest rates that would result in non-repayment of the loan amount. Student loans are suggested by many brokers on competitive APRs and manageable terms of repayment. The borrowers have an option to consider all the available offers through a comprehensive online research and compare the prices. Only after proper research, the customer should approach the regulated broker.

• Flexible terms of repayment

Before countersigning the documents, applicant must clearly understand the terms and conditions that are being laid down. The intermediary will explain them to the borrower, if he is unable to understand. The repayment provisions are kept trouble-free. The payment amount is decided keeping in view the financial condition of the applicant. Sufficient time is provided to repay the borrowed money. Paying off the loan is reflected on the credit report, finally improving the credit score and establishing the credibility.

• No requirement of guarantor

When the individual applies for the loans online, there is no need to provide the guarantor. Adviser makes sure, the lender disburse the funds without putting forth the condition of arranging the guarantor. This saves a lot of time, as you do not need to search for the person, to act as your guarantor and support your application.

Student loans not only serve the purpose of providing quick funds for the education. These types of loans also assist in creating a positive credit history. The funds are not provided out for free. The short term student loans must be repaid when the borrower completes his or her education. Adequate time is provided for the payback.

 

Option Loans For Education

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, many parents and young people struggle with how to cover the cost of college education. Costs of in state and private schools. What are your options when planning for education funding?

529 Plan- These types of plans allow you to contribute after tax dollars that grow tax free. Qualified withdrawals from the plan are not taxed when used for qualified education expenses. You can choose a savings plan that works similar to an IRA, which allows the student to attend a school of his/her choice. Or, you can choose a pre-paid plan that allows you to pre-pay part or all of the costs of an instate public college education.

Life Insurance – Some types of life insurance build cash value and also provide a death benefit. If funded properly, you can access the cash value at the time the child attends college. Keep in mind that accessing the cash value, could also affect the death benefit provided under the policy.

Student Loans- Student loans can be helpful but it is important to remember that students may have to divert funds in the future to repay loans. These are funds that could be used to be used to accomplish other financial goals. If borrowing becomes a necessity, parents could also take a home equity loan and deduct the loan interest at tax time.

Transferring Funds to Children- As of the 2017 tax year, parents and grandparents can gift up to $14,000 to each child without gift tax consequences.

Tax Credits- The American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit are tax credits available to full time students. Household income guidelines do apply, so be sure to check the IRS website to see which option might work better for your family.

Education Savings Account- Parents, guardians, or other qualified individuals can contribute up to $2000 per year on behalf of eligible students under age 18. Withdrawals from the account are not taxable if used for qualified education expenses. All funds must be distributed within 30 days of the participant’s 30th birthday.

The cost of funding higher education can be daunting! It is important to consider many options when thinking about how to fund the cost. All of the above options are various mechanisms available to do so. It is also important to consider what types of grants might be available when selecting educational funding options.

 

Tips To Pay Off Your Student Loan

Here are the HARD facts that most college graduates will be facing after school.

Not having a job or not having the job that they want, because the days of graduating from school and staying with the same company are dead and over.

“Most college graduates will have up to 3 careers or more in their lifetime”.

Well, at least that is what the economists out there are projecting.

With that being the case.

I would recommend you to start your entrepreneur career while in school.

You can start an online business or side business right out of your dormitory room and work on it around your class schedule and then turn that business into a cash cow for YOU.

Which you can then use to pay off your student loan.

I mean, you would think this would be a no-brainer for most college students but you would be thinking wrong.

Most of them are too busy using these 4 years away from home to party like crazy and follow the crowd!!

The other thing is you can use this experience to get the job that you want before you graduate.

Okay, now let’s get into a few business models.

These are just the outlines for each one.

You will have to adopt, adapt and expand on the one that you choose, and make sure that you do some research and model your business after other great businesses that are in your market.

Don’t try to re-invent the wheel.

Learn from other businesses’ mistakes and test out ideas that you think may work for your own sales funnel.

The business models are.

1). Reverse e-commerce.

This is when you set up a site or use eBay and list items that you think may sales.

First step.

You take quality pictures and list the item.

If and when they sell, you then go back and buy the item and ship it to the buyer.

This is a great way to do business because you don’t need any inventory.

This will give you the freedom to test out the market in your niche and see what is selling.

2). eBook business model.

This is when you write up a pdf and format it into an eBook with graphics.

Keep in mind though, you don’t need to create anything if you don’t want to.

Of course.

If you have a passion for an idea, try to create an eBook around that passion.

And if not.

You could just interview an expert and then turn that interview into not only into an eBook, but also an actual book and an audio product.

So, you could end up with a home study course or a membership site and earn monthly passive income from it.

Those are just 2 business model you can use and start from your very own dormitory room.

The great thing about both of these business model ideas is that you don’t need that much money to get started.

Now, can you see how this could and should work?

I would like to stress to you guys… really think about using this idea to pay off your student loan and at the same time build a successful online business!

 

How Credit Repair Works

Credit problems can affect anyone at any given time. Whether bad credit scores arise from a layoff, wrongful termination, new or old medical conditions that cause large bills to pile up, divorce, improper money management, or other reasons raising a credit score can be a daunting task for even the most dedicated individuals. Not only can credit problems affect your loan interest rates but it can also prevent a person from landing a job that also bases a person’s character on their credit worthiness. When an individual finds himself or herself in this situation there are a couple potential solutions. One, to do the time-consuming research necessary to find the rules and regulations in order to fix your credit yourself, or two contact a reputable credit repair company that has already undergone the training and acquired the skills to negotiate through the credit lines and repair them.

What Repairs Do:

The process is started by reviewing your credit history on your credit reports. Once a thorough assessment has been made, we can determine the best course of action in your individual circumstance. Credit repair is not for everyone, and not all negative items can be removed from a credit report. Some items on a credit report may require settlements with an agreement that the specified item is modified to a positive line on the credit report while others take less drastic measures and require only the removal of the negative items. Contacting a credit repair company is the first step in beginning the repairing your credit.

How It Works:

There are legitimate negative errors on your credit report. A professional that repairs credit can contact the companies and have these errors fixed.

Errors on the credit report that cannot be verified. If any specific item in the credit report cannot be verified from, a company closing or being bought out our specialists can fix these errors by having the credit bureaus contact the lenders. Once they receive no response from the original creditor, the items must be removed.

Lenders willing to work with companies. The company contacts the individual companies and negotiates a settlement with them in order to create a positive remark on the individuals credit score. Not all companies are willing to negotiate with many companies, so this route does not always work.

Do I need to have my bad credit repaired?

You should ask this question before beginning the process of removal of derogatory marks from your credit.. While companies can help pretty much everyone with any type of credit repair it does cost money. If in your specific situation there are only one or two small problem lines which do not affect your credit score then companies are not of much use or if your payoff amounts for the negative lines are very small it may be easier and cheaper to just pay them off on your own. However, if you have a few or more lines with negative results or larger amounts owed which will require negotiation to lower the total cost to settle, it is in your best interest to contact a specialist today.

 

All About Student Loan

Discussing family accounts as a way to build credit, it was mentioned that people starting out will usually have student loans as their first credit account, unless they obtain a car loan or credit cards tied to a family member with credit history. Student loans are a tricky area of installment credit history because they are not looked on as favorably as you would imagine.

You might think that having opened student loan accounts when you first went to college would show a history of the account, but in actuality, only when you start making your first payment will student loans count as “credit payment history.” Most student loans are in a deferred status as long as you are in school. Once you are out of school, you have one to four months before the companies begin asking you to make monthly payments that pay down the principal and interest.

Yet, when you have student loans, you have an “amount owed.” This amount owed can actually be reducing your credit scores. One the one hand, you feel that making payments should increase your scores, but then you get dinged for having a high amount owed.

So what can you reasonably do about student loan debt? Do you want to pay it off right away?

According to people like Stephen Snyder and Robert Kiyosaki, if you have student loan debt, you want to leave it as the last items you pay off. It comes down to an IRS strategy. The history of this strategy has existed since student loans became necessary for people to go to college. The minute the IRS allowed you to use your student loan interest paid as a deduction is when this strategy came into being.

How it Works

  • Each month you make a payment you pay interest and a little towards your principal, when you are newly paying on the account.
  • When you file taxes, you are asked to enter the amount in student loan interest you paid.
  • The amount paid is a deduction.
  • During this same period, you are paying a little of the “amount owed,” thus reducing your overall debt amount.
  • You are also making payments, and as long as they are on time and the full monthly amount, you are helping your scores.
  • When you get to a point in the loan, where you are barely making any interest payment at all towards the balance, pay off the debt.

Summary

Student loans, when you first start taking them out appear on your credit report, but without any payment history. It is just an open installment account. The lack of payment history does not help your score, nor does it hurt it. The debt utilization ratio on the other hand will hurt your score a little. It is due to having this debt that makes your score a little lower than if you had no debt at all.

If this is the only debt you have, then it is also considered “little to no debt,” which also does not help when you are trying to get new loans to build your credit history.

When it comes time to make payments to the student loan companies as part of your installment agreement, you need to be on time and pay the monthly amount asked for. If possible, pay more than the monthly amount.

Paying interest helps lower your taxes owed. You want this deduction and the payment history. The deduction may be the only thing you have helping you get a tax refund. The payment history is also helping you increase your score, as the balance goes down.

There will come a point when you are going to pay off the debt in full. Do this when the deduction on your taxes is no longer significant. The reduction of debt owed will also help at this point. The reason behind this key point lies in the other credit you have built. You should be in your 30s or 40s, with a mortgage, credit cards, and other credit that weighs more significantly on your ability to get credit. You no longer need the payment history from the student loans. In fact, given the amount of debt you might have at this point, you want to reduce the “amount owed” you have overall.

 

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