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Mr. Money – The Wise Use of Credit

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Yes, this is very dated. It’s also very serious (I wish we took these things as seriously today). I love “The Three Cs”: • Character • Capacity • Capital Finally, I love this quote: “The wise buyer makes certain he’s getting good value for his money and always reads the fine print to make sure […]

How to Talk to Kids About Debt

Monday, January 9th, 2012

How much information do you give your kids about your finances? Kids listen. We don’t always think they do, but they pick up on a lot. Getting out of debt has been a major conversation in our house recently, and our kids have had quite a bit to say about it. When we made the […]

Rich vs. Poor in Fixing Credit Report Errors

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I stopped by Starbucks yesterday afternoon with my wife, daughter, and my mom. While waiting for our drinks, I looked at the front page of the Sunday edition of the New York Times. On the front page was an article titled, With Credit Bureaus, It Pays to be on V.I.P. List. Here are the opening […]

9 Reasons to Say “No” to Credit in 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Interesting piece I found on Investopedia this morning: 9 Reasons to Say “No” to Credit. Their nine reasons: 1. Financing your purchases doesn’t teach self control. 2. Financing your purchases means you aren’t sticking to your budget. 3. Credit card interest rates are expensive. 4. Credit card interest rates increase when you can’t pay off […]

“Beauty Matters in Life and Loans…”

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I’m working my way through Meir Statman’s interesting book, What Investors Really Want: Know What Drives Investor Behavior and Make Smarter Financial Decisions. In chapter three of the book, the author makes the following statement: Beauty matters in life and loans alike. Beautiful applicants are more likely to get loans and pay lower interest rates […]

20 Keys for Successfully Negotiating Your Way Out of Debt

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This afternoon I received a very interesting and timely book, The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems*, by Joan Feeney and Theodore Connolly. This book is a great resource for anyone dealing with debt. Chapter 2 offers up 20 Keys to Successful Negotiating with Creditors along with a few […]

821 FICO Score…

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We’re looking at our mortgage and thinking about refinancing in order to take advantage of rates, which are about 2 points lower than our current mortgage. We received a letter from the bank, explaining the credit score. On a scale of 300 to 850, the score was 821. That’s pretty darn good if you ask […]

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