When people find themselves in a lot of credit card debt, they tend to think it’s best to financially prioritize those debts and pay them off as quickly as possible. Credit card customers will put all of their extra income toward their balances in the hopes that, with enough hard work, they can climb out of their financial hole in the next few months.
Banks are such an essential part of modern financial life, and yet, somehow, their basic functions remain a mystery to almost everyone. Here are some quick, interesting facts to give you a clearer understanding of how banks work.
Scams and rip-offs are everywhere, and with the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s hard not to fall victim to at least one of them. So we’ve put together a list of ways to save money, even though companies are trying their best to rip us off. You’re entitled to the best deal available. Here’s how to get it!
If you’re looking to start an investment portfolio, then you’ve probably heard of bonds and stocks. Both are essential components of a diverse portfolio, but they function in very different ways. Here’s a quick overview of the difference between stocks and bonds.
If you’ve recently been charged a bank fee that you don’t agree with, be it an overdraft fee or a monthly service fee, there are several ways for you to challenge the bank’s decision. You can go to a branch of the bank to speak in-person with a representative, or if you’re strapped for time, you can use the Secure Messaging feature of your bank’s website to talk online. Either way, we’ve provided some tactical advice on how to approach the matter.
It feels like we’re bombarded every day with advertisements on the new and exciting bank accounts that could be a part of our lives. High interest rates, sign-up bonuses and convenient policies like waived fees are all meant to entice us to sign up for another account. So how are we to know when it’s a good idea to enroll in another bank? Is it ever possible to have too many accounts?
Maybe you already have a checking account and you’re wondering if you should put some of your extra money into a savings account. Checking and savings accounts are both great financial assets, but each serves a specific (and very different) purpose.
With the proper planning and patience, you should have no trouble switching bank accounts without incurring any extra fees or headaches. Here’s our quick guide on closing a bank account and switching banks.
If you have cash that you don’t intend to spend any time soon, it’s a great idea to open up a savings account. Depending on which type of account you choose, the money you put into savings can accrue interest at a rate of 1-3% per year while still remaining easily accessible if you need an extra bit of funds.
After working full-time for months (even years) without a well-earned break, it’s essential that we take a few days to step back and decompress. But sometimes, the prospect of actually going somewhere for a proper vacation seems financially impossible: airfare, lodging and food for a mere week out of town can add up quickly.