Debt is simply the money you owe - it is an amount of money or other
property that is owed by one person, organization or company. It is
not the credit you owe, as credit can turn into debt. Getting into debt
is very easy and maybe fun for some people. As a first look, people are happy, they can buy without having
cash, and they can afford to get a car even without having the
budget. They will drive
this car for 12 years, make payments and pay huge interest for
what impressed them!
Debt comes in two
versions, good and
bad debt. Debt can make your life easier, or ruin your life. But,
however bad your debt problem is, there is a solution. People and
businesses who know how to handle debt and how to manage their
credit can take advantage of debt. Young people, who do not
have knowledge of debt management, and creating
debt reduction plans, are always in trouble.
Debt can also be classified as temporary or chronic
In some cases, there are very good reasons to take on debt. For
example, a student takes on a loan for education, but we insist
that they must know how to handle and pay off their debt after
Also taking debt for setting up a business is good, but it depends
upon how the business plan is structured. You must have a clear
plan, know how much money you would need, and most important, how
to pay it back. In such cases, debt is a part of the business
If you can afford to pay cash and limit the risk of taking debt, do
it! Do not hesitate to pay by cash when you have the money.
The problem is when you borrow money but do not use it productively.
More clearly, debt is good when you invest it and NOT simply spend
it. Taking on debt simply to spend it is bad. Debt
must be under control. You must know very well how to pay back your
debt. Create a plan, especially a rapid reduction plan. This e-book
will show you how to proceed with managing your debt and become
debt free in half the time.
Introduction To Fixing Your Credit
We are a country in debt. Not only is our government in debt, but
we, as Americans, are in debt ourselves, and the problem is just
getting worse! Recent studies have shown that ninety percent of
Americans have at least one credit card – and they are using that
card – A LOT!
The average family carries a balance of between $7,000 and $10,000
on all their credit cards. Over $1,000 per family goes on interest
every year. And that’s just the average – some people owe much more!
Overall, Americans spend over $1 trillion every year on their credit
cards, and owe more than $500 billion of it. If debt continues at
the current rate, then one family in a hundred will be forced into
bankruptcy. Over 90% of Americans’ disposable incomes are spent
paying back debts.
Then you add credit card debt to the regular bills we have to pay
each month, which can tax anyone’s budget. As a result, some bills
go unpaid and others are paid late.
Both of these instances can damage your credit sometimes so much
that you think there’s no way you’ll ever be able to get out of debt
and get credit for something important like a home or a car.
The truth is that you can get out of debt and repair your credit
nearly to what it was before you had credit problems. It takes some
time and a little work on your part, but it IS possible.
Loan approvals and such depend on your credit score. That number is
what determines if you can get credit, what your interest rate will
be, and how much money potential lenders will give you. A good
median score is 750, but the higher your score is, the more
financially sound you are.
While it’s always a good idea to try and stay away from credit, not
everyone has a hundred thousand dollars lying around to buy a home
or twenty thousand to buy a car. Heck, for some people, scraping
together five thousand dollars for a good used car is difficult.
That’s why we need credit. So we can buy that which we cannot
Where the trouble comes in is when people begin to buy everyday
items such as groceries and clothing on credit cards. Then those
bills begin to get bigger and bigger until pretty soon, they’re
paying the minimum amount due which will take forever to pay off.
Plus, a lot of people just continue charging things even when they
have a large balance on their account.
Your credit score defines who you are to businesses and you want it
to be as high as it can be. It doesn’t matter how bad your credit
is now. There are ways that you can raise your credit score no
matter how low it is now. Don’t despair; just get started – right now!