Is A 401k Rollover Worth It? Pros & Cons

So you’ve recently left your job and wondering what to do with the money you’ve been saving while you were working for your company. Well, now that you have left, the rules for your retirement plan have changed substantially. Here are the pros and the cons of keeping money in your 401k plan as opposed to doing a 401k rollover into an IRA:

The Pros About a 401k Rollover

– Usually as long as you have over $5,000 in your plan you will not be forced out and can keep you assets in your former employers plan.

– You can make fund transfers at any time for little to no cost between the investment options.

The Cons About a 401k Rollover

– You cannot make a 401k contribution to this plan anymore and cannot take any loans from the plan.

– You are stuck with the investments the plan offers.

– The plan can change it’s rules, investment options, and even the investment company they work with, which means it’s ever changing and you are the mercy of your former company’s decisions.

– You can take partial withdrawals, however the IRS mandates at least 20% federal tax withholding on any 401k withdrawals.

– Some plans start charging fees once you leave the plan.

– The 401k plan is fully self directed meaning that you get no advice on where to move your money and nobody is legally able to give you specific 401k investment advice.

– The 401k is not FDIC insured. If you do not know enough about how this effects your retirement assets do some research on FDIC vs. SIPC coverage and how it effects investments. I will also make a post later regarding this.

You may still have further questions about a 401k rollover before you make a decision. Our article “401k After Changing or Losing Jobs – What Now?” , goes into detail about the fees and penalties associated with 401k withdrawals.

401k Withdrawals

401k Withdrawals After Changing Jobs – What Now?

Throughout life we all experience changes. I heard a quote once from a wise man who said “When things are really bad things will change and when things are really good things will change as well.” Change is our lives and we must accept that. Now, what does this have to do with your 401k?

Well, when you hear those words “You’re fired!”, maybe you just get laid off as a large business reduction, or just changing jobs, one of the first things you are going to think about is how are you going to live? Here is where your 401k comes into consideration. Your 401k plan is most likely the largest asset other than your house you currently have and is a lot more liquid than your house, meaning you can get money out of it much easier. *Updates have been made to 401k contribution limits 2017*

However, 401k plans have a lot of rules and taxes come into play once you make the decision that you need to tap into your retirement savings. Before you start making 401k withdrawals ask yourself these questions:

4 Questions to Consider Before 401k Withdrawals

1.) What places can I get money now to supplement my income?
– Well if you were laid off or fired there is a good chance you can get unemployment income to offset what your job couldn’t produce and this will help keep your hands off of your 401k. Also, think about home equity lines of credit or credit cards as well. These are always only short term fixes and should be able to hold you over for a few months. You should always have emergency assets like these planned in case you do lose your job.

2.) Can I cut back on any expenses?
– Would you really keep living the same lifestyle if you were just fired? I highly doubt it. However, you would be surprised how much people don’t really cut back because they see the large 401k balance looming in front of them. Make sure you cut EVERY corner before tapping into your 401k.

3.) What is my income level (tax bracket) going to be for this year?
– Why is this important? Well, if you cannot cut back on expenses and you are maxed out on lines of credit, a 401k distribution may be the one thing preventing you from bankruptcy (in some cases bankruptcy isn’t all that bad, we’ll get to that later). Basically, if you make less money you pay less to Uncle Sam. If you get fired in October, well your income bracket will still be high and it would probably be advisable to wait until January 1 to make your 401k withdrawals. However, if you get fired earlier in the year, you may not get hit too hard by taxes. If you were going to make your 401k withdrawals, that would be the time to do it.

Penalties Explained From 401k Withdrawals

If you take a 401k distribution you will be taxed at your income bracket and there will probably be a 10% early withdrawal penalty. You must keep in consideration that any money you take will be income. For example:

If you made $34,000 for 2011, that puts you into a 15% tax bracket considering you file single. Now with the standard deduction that puts your income at around $29,000 or so. Now, the 25% bracket is for people making $34500 and above. So lets say you make a $10,000 withdrawal from your 401k plan:

First of all, your plan will withhold 20% of the withdrawal for taxes (this is an IRS requirement and cannot be avoided unless you do a Rollover 401k to IRA), which brings your check amount to $8,000 considering there is no mandatory state tax. Now, here is what you actually pay:

There would be $5,500 taxed at 15% – $ 825
Now, since extra $4,500 put you above the 15% bracket, that is taxed at 25% – $ 1125
And there will be that 10% penalty on the full withdrawal amount of $10,000 – $ 1000

So, in this scenario, to get $10,000 you are having to give the IRS $2,950 of your hard earned money. This isn’t even looking at state taxes, this is only federal. That is 29.5% of your hard earned money that is gone, never to be seen again.

401k Rollover to IRA

4.) What are my 401k plan rules?

– Does your 401k plan actually allow you to take partial withdrawals or do you have to take out the full balance? All plans have different rules and a lot of plans don’t even allow partial withdrawals. They surely won’t offer a loan because you aren’t working for the company anymore. So, what is your next best alternative? Initiate a 401k rollover to an IRA and use the rollover IRA to take partial withdrawals from.

Most investment firms offer free IRAs or you can go to your local bank and put your money in a money market IRA. Also, rollover IRA accounts do not restrict you on the amount of partial withdrawals you can make and there is no mandatory 20% federal tax withholding on 401k withdrawals, so it may be a better option depending on your circumstances. Also, you can usually do a 401k rollover and then rollover the money from the IRA account into your new companies 401k when you find that job.

Use our 401k Calculator to see negative effects of taking money from your 401k plan have on your long term future.

Rollover 401k to IRA?

What do I need to figure out before I decide on initiating a rollover 401k to IRA?

There are many factors involved before deciding on rolling over your 401k into an IRA.

4 Things To Know Before You Rollover 401k to IRA

1. What are the fees involved in keeping the 401k plan or rolling it over to an IRA? You need to make sure you are not going to be paying an exorbitant amount of fees with your new retirement accounts.

2. What matters more to me? The ability to have many more investment options and the ability to use a financial advisor to guide me on how to invest and how much to save, or would I rather be more limited to my investments in the 401k plan and pay less fees but have to manage everything myself?

3. Do I need to consolidate my assets together and be able to have a retirement account to make IRA contributions to? Remember, many times a 401k rollover to an IRA is not a reversible thing and if you do not know all of the facts you could be hurting yourself.

“4.Would it be better to roll my old 401k plan into my new employers 401k account?”

This is beneficial if you think you may want to use the 401k money you have to buy a house or maybe just use it to pay down some of your debt. Many 401k plans offer 401k loans and right now the interest rate is very low, and keep in mind the interest if only paid to yourself. If you cannot pay back the loan you will pay taxes on the money and probably a penalty, however if you do pay it back you have only paid interest to yourself and will not have any tax consequences. On the other hand, if you initiate a 401k rollover into an IRA, you cannot take a loan from an IRA account and will have to make a withdrawal.

The ability to take loans is a great beneficial factor in consolidating your 401k assets into your current plan, however if you do not need the money, more than likely the IRA, with the ability to provide more investment options, will be your best long term retirement strategy. Related Tools: 401k calculator

401k Contribution Limits 2017 – Why Contribute?

The 401k contribution limits 2017 remain the same as 2016(401k contributions limits 2017 are listed below). A 401k plan is a retirement plan set up by your employer for your benefit. The employer is benefited by special tax treatment from the IRS and is able to give matching contributions to employees because of the federal governments incentives. Also, employers want you to contribute to your 401k to be happy and stay at their company for many years. Many employers use 401k plans and lecture about 401k contributions to increase employee moral. Also, 401k matching contributions are free money.

The IRS has certain limits on the amount of money that you can put into your 401k. For most people this is not an issue, however some people who make too much money or people who are considered “highly compensated employees” or HCE are not able to contribute as much as the average person working for the company. The reason the IRS sets limits on how much you can contribute is that the money you put into the plan goes in on a pre-tax basis, meaning the government gets no money from the money you put into the 401k plan, they cannot tax it until you take it out.

Here Are The 401k Contribution Limits 2017:

$18,000 for age 49 & under

$24,000 for age 50 & above ($6,000)

note: 401k contribution limits 2017 were updated on September, 5th 2017


401k Contribution Limits 2017 Company 401k Match

This is just considering the money that YOU put into the plan, it is not considering the 401k matching contribution that your employer puts in on your behalf. Each plan is separate, but an example of how an employer matches is as follows: “Your Company 401k Match is 6% dollar for dollar up to $3,000 per year”

So, this means that if you make $40,000 and contribute 6% to your 401k plan (not to exceed 401k contribution limits 2017) you are putting in $92 per pay period considering you get paid bi-weekly or 26 times per year. Also, since your employer matches 6% of your contributions, you get $184 contributed to your 401k plan each pay period.

So, in this example it is like you putting in 12% of your pay.

However, if you put in 10% of your pay, that comes out to $153 per pay period, the company will only put in $92 because that is 6% of your pay and they will not match the extra 4% you went over. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means you have maxed out the free money the company is providing you. Try it yourself with our 401k calculator! Remember not to exceed 401k contribution limits 2017 while using the 401k calculator.

Company 401k match of contributions are the biggest reason why people want to contribute to their 401k plan. The pre-tax benefit of the contribution is also very helpful, but nothing beats free money. Like everything in life though, the matching contributions comes with a caveat. This is what we call vesting.

Different Ways Your Company 401k Match May Vest

Vesting in its basic sense means the amount of money that you actually have in your 401k or the amount of money that is yours. When you work for a company you become vested in their matching contributions after a certain number of years and it is up to your 401k plan rules to determine this.

Example: Company 401k Match Called a Gradual 5 year Vesting Schedule:

  • 1 year – 20%
  • 2 years – 40%
  • 3 years – 60%
  • 4 years – 80%
  • 5 years – 100%

What this means is that if you leave the company after 2 years of service you get to keep 40% of the money they put in for you and 100% of the money you put in for you. Remember, you are ALWAYS 100% vested in the money you put into the plan and nobody can take that money from you but you. But, the company is able to set rules on their contributions and if you leave before the set period of time that extra money goes back into the company’s pocket. This is a great way for the company to hold on to its employees for the long haul. Most companies do not have a vesting schedule over 6 years.

So What if I Cannot Afford to Contribute to My 401k?

The answer to this is simple, if your company matches your contributions you can NEVER afford to not contribute money to your 401k plan. This is free money and even if you are only 20% vested this is money that the company is giving you just because you are funding for your future. Also, if things get into a real bind most plans allow for you to take a 401k loan from your plan, meaning you can borrow from your vested balance, which usually is 50% of that amount and usually at a very low interest rate with all of the interest being paid back to you.

So, in short, not making enough money is never an excuse to not put money into your 401k.

If you have had multiple jobs, the 401k plan is easily seen as the easiest way to save money. Have you ever tried to save money in a bank savings account only to see the balance dwindle to nothing in a year? Well, that is the problem with money that is easily attainable, because you WILL spend it on things you do not need now and this will hurt you very much in the long run. For this exact reason the government has enacted IRS tax laws on 401k plans and IRA accounts to make it not worth your while to take money from them and in many cases if you are working for the company you cannot take money from the plan, you must either take a loan or file for a hardship.

Example of The Impact of a Company 401k Match

You might not be exceeding the 401k contribution limits 2017, so in this example we’ll use reasonable numbers to show the impact of your 401k contributions can make on your portfolio. Here is the final example of the person contributing $40,000 at 6% of his pay with the company matching 6%. Also, we are considering he is 25 years old and is aggressive currently, meaning on average he should earn 9% on his money over the next 30 years until he retires at age 55 (the minimum age to take money from a 401k plan without a penalty and not considering a 72T).

His final amount at age 55 – $732,312.12.

This figure is from him putting in $92 of his own money, before taxes, each pay period for 30 years. His company is also matching him dollar for dollar on each contribution since it falls within their matching contribution limits. If that doesn’t make you want to rethink that new pair of tennis shoes I don’t know what will.

Now you can see the impact of a company 401k match and huge amounts of money that you could be missing out on. If you can reach the 401k contribution limits 2017 go for it! Albert Einstein stated that compound interest is the most power force in the universe. Take advantage of your company 401k match and get contributing!

Should I invest in my Company Sponsored 401K Retirement Plan?

Should I invest in my Company Sponsored 401K Retirement Plan?

Should I invest in my company’s 401k plan? The answer is YES!!! Take advantage of your company sponsored 401k retirement plan.

Government programs for retirement income, like social security, are becoming very unpromising. And retirement healthcare has been so up in the air lately in the political world. So many changes…who can keep track?! And Company paid Pension Plans are almost extinct now, too!

Well one thing that I do know is that no one is guaranteed to pay for your future…except for you!


Reasons why to invest in your company sponsored 401k retirement plan

  • Most plans have a match % (which means they give you the matched amount for FREE! If you don’t invest at least the matched amount, you are missing out on free money!
  • The money is invested pre-tax, out of your paycheck before the taxes are taken out.
  • Yes, the plan is often based on funds that are based on the stock market (so there is some risk involved), but that means the potential for growth is big! Remember, the bigger the risk, the bigger the potential returns.
  • You do usually have the power to choose your risk and diversify! Many companies offer “safer” choices for employees nearing retirement (usually funds recommend to have more aggressive investment strategies when you are younger, and safer ones as you get older.
  • The fund always has an investment manager or help person that you can ask questions to! They can help you pick what is best for you, your family and your future!
  • You can use our free 401k calculator to find out how much money you should be saving, based on your age and expenses.

Have you been putting any money into your 401k, yet? Do you wish you would have started sooner?

Credit Score Myths & Credit Report Facts

Common Credit Misconceptions

There are many myths and misconceptions associated with credit and FICO scores. We’re going to clear up credit score myths and credit report facts. The following is a list of the most commonly held with a brief explanation of what is actually true in regards to these.


5 Credit Score Myths & Credit Report Facts


1. The FICO Score is Solely Determinate of Whether a Loan is Granted

The truth is that, while important, a FICO score is just one of many factors that lenders consider when judging whether or not to extend credit. Some of the other factors generally taken into consideration are the amount of debt the borrower can handle based on income and other current debts, employment history, credit history, and various policies unique to the specific lending institution. A low score does not automatically disqualify a potential borrower, nor does a high score always guarantee acceptance.

2. A Poor Credit Score is a Permanent Black Mark

A credit score is essentially a snapshot in time. It is made up of several constantly fluctuating factors as consequently will change over time to reflect these factors. As time passes negative entries in a credit report will have less and less effect. Sometimes a significant improvement to an individuals score can occur in as little as a year or two.

3. Credit Scoring Discriminates Unfairly Against Various Minorities

This is not true. Race, gender, age, religion and marital status are prohibited by law from being included in FICO scores or being used as determining factors when evaluating credit worthiness of a prospective borrower. Studies have shown that FICO scores are an accurate measure of someone’s credit worthiness irrespective of their minority status.

4. FICO Scores Are An Invasion of My Privacy

Actually the opposite tends to be true. All of the information used to compile credit scores is already available to lending institutions. Remember a FICO score is merely a number used to quantify the various factors used to judge credit worthiness. Typically, lenders give enough importance to the score that they will ask for LES personal information on credit applications.

5. Applying For New Credit Will Lower a Person’s Score

Generally this is not true, as a result multiple inquiries could possible indicate higher risk, but if there are multiple inquiries from mortgage or auto lenders in a short period of time it is considered to be a single inquiry and will not affect someone’s credit score.

Now we know the credit score myths and credit report facts, it’s time to get working on your credit score! Check Out: How to Improve Credit Score in 30 days!

Improve Your Credit In 5 Easy Steps

Are you ready to improve your credit in 5 easy steps? You may be thinking “Improve your credit in 5 easy steps? I have bad credit… Is this applicable to me? Will this work?” Yes! Improving your bad credit score is possible with very little effort. Let’s get started on improving your credit score!

Improve Your Credit In 5 Easy Steps

Improve Your Credit In 5 Easy Steps

Improve Your Credit In 5 Easy Steps

1. Improve your payment history:

This one is obvious but is so central to restoring a good credit rating that it merits mentioning. There are some simple steps that you can take to help you maintain a timely payment history. Write the due date on the front of the envelope. Just the mere act of writing the date down will help formulate it in your mind and elevate its prominence. Set a specific time each month for paying bills, for example, the second and forth Sunday of each month. By setting aside a time devoted to paying your bills you will avoid a payment slipping your mind. Another benefit of scheduling payments in this way is that it will be easier to set and meet your personal budget. Pay by automatic electronic transfer or by going online. If possible have a reminder sent to you by email, most companies now offer this service and many do it by default.

2. Reduce the amount you owe:

Keeping balances low on revolving credit is very important. The higher the percentage of the balance you owe versus your available credit the worse it is for your FICO score. Try to keep your balances at 10% or less of your available credit. Reducing the amount you owe will also reduce your monthly payments, which will make it easier for you to make timely payments. Transferring your account balances to credit cards with lower interest rates is certainly helpful but remember that paying off debt rather than just moving it around is always preferable.

3. Keep your “length of credit” high:

The higher the average age of your accounts is the better. With all other factors being equal an account that you have maintained for ten years will have a greater positive effect on your credit score than an account which you have had for only one year. Also, keep in mind that if you open too many new accounts all at once the average age of your accounts will drop, which will lower your score.

4. Apply for new credit within a confined time period:

When applying for new credit, if you submit multiple applications to different sources do so in a short period of time, this way they will all be counted as a search for one single loan. If you spread the applications out over an extended period of time they will appear as separate loan inquiries, which will have a negative impact on your score.

5. Maintain a small number of credit cards:

Improve Your Credit In 5 Easy Steps Credit Cards

If you presently do not have any credit cards try to obtain a limited amount of credit cards and make timely payments on them. Having no credit cards at all will have a negative impact on your FICO score. If need be, set up a secured credit card or two. They are very easy to obtain, as they are seen as having an extremely low risk from a bank’s perspective.

How To Stop Impulse Buying

How to stop impulse buying?

I’ve received a lot of question about “How to stop impulse buying?” Everything about shopping is designed to make us feel delicious. The bags and boxes, labels and logos all add up to a dizzying experience. Slide in lights, music, colors, shapes, smells and designs and it’s little wonder we succumb. It’s all a science of course, a science whose only purpose is to part us with our money.

It begins with the way things are named and packaged. There are no accidents at the perfume counter or Apple Store. The shapes, names, and images that underpin these objects of desire are chosen for their power to enthral. The pinlights in the ceiling, the fleeting flashing graphics and the artfully arranged displays have all been tested, evaluated and scored. When we walk into a shopping center or department store our path has been planned. The aisles are laid out so as to lead us deeper and deeper into wonderland – Until we land with a bump at the end of the month and realize we’ve hammered the plastic again.

Why do are we predisposition to impulse buying?

how to stop impulse buying shopping

When we were children we went shopping and wanted everything. Now we’re grownups we can go shopping and have everything, at least until we hit our credit limit. Shops are enemy territory. 98% of what they sell ends up as landfill. And yet that New Thing compels our attention. That “New Thing” is the thing we now can’t live without. We didn’t know about it until today but now; now we can’t live without it.

In our hearts we know that nothing we buy ever keeps its promise of fulfillment but we carry on believing the spiel over and over again. It’s almost like we’re hypnotized. In a way, some of us are. Some of us are wired to get out of feeling rotten by buying stuff. It doesn’t work, at least not in the long term. A better way to get out of feeling rotten is to prove to yourself that you’re actually quite clever. If something is truly desirable today then it will be equally desirable next week. Rather than snapping everything up immediately put a shopping together and study the retail cycle. Plan a bit. Remember, 10% off doesn’t amount to much if you’re paying 27% interest.

How to stop impulse buying? Recognize you have a problem

If you’re a shopaholic, recognize that it’s an addiction. Other people, people you don’t know, can press a button in your head and make you spend right up to the limit. Impulse buying fills our cupboards with stuff that’s never quite as wonderful as it seemed in the shop. It gives us a momentary rush now, and a comedown at the end of the month. Like all addictions it borrows fun from tomorrow to enjoy today. Like all addictions the buzz never makes up for the payback. And, like all addictions, it can be kicked.

Alcoholics avoid pubs. Shopaholics avoid shops. There’s a life beyond retail. Start enjoying it. Stop shopping.

Steps To Becoming Debt Free

Steps To Becoming Debt FreeIs Becoming Debt Free Possible For Me?

YES!! There comes a time when most sane people have had enough….Enough stress and embarrassment….Enough collection calls and harassment…. Enough being in debt! Living the lifestyle that you think you have to live simply because others expect you to is foolish. It is time to grow up and to finally start acting like an adult.

No matter what you may hear from the popular newspapers, your debt problems
cannot be traced to anyone but you. The economy did not cause your problems. George Bush did not cause your problems. You did. You signed that stupid car loan at 12% interest. You signed up, and subsequently maxed out, those credit cards. No one else did it for you.

If you are finally tired of the mess that you created, there is a way out. Becoming debt free will allow you to start living the life you have always wanted. All it takes is a plan.

Enter Dave Ramsey!

Dave Ramsey is a well respected, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and TV personality, who is quite simply ‘the’ expert with respect to personal money management. Over the past few years, Dave has helped thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people get their debt under control and changed their lives forever. Additionally, Dave has helped people understand the true power of passive income. I am one of these people.

What I like most about Dave Ramsey is his straight talking, in your face, attitude who will blast apart any objections that you may have. Teaching from a Christian perspective, he truly has your best interest at heart, even while sometimes appearing cruel, or downright mean. Over the course of dispensing financial advice, he has developed what he calls ‘The Baby Steps’.

What Are The Baby Steps?

Often people get frustrated by all of the possibilities available to them. Information is great, yet information overload can be tragic. In order to help people process what is important, and what is just noise, Dave developed the following plan.

1. Build a Small Emergency Fund of $1,000

The first thing you should do is save $1,000 as fast as you can. Do whatever you have to do to put this money in the bank. Sell some old stuff on eBay or Craigslist. Get a second job bagging groceries at a grocery store. Create your own affiliate marketing empire online. Whatever it takes!

Once you save this money, keep it in the bank for true emergencies. Do not use it for a nice vacation. Do not go out and buy yourself a new set of golf clubs. Becoming debt free requires having this money set aside for true emergencies in the first step. If something does happen, you will not have to use your credit card to pay for it! You can use cash!

2. Start Your Debt Snowball

This is the step where most people begin to understand just how difficult it can be to get rid of debt. It takes a lot of effort, dedication and teamwork to power through this step. For some people, it may take two years to finally complete it. For others, it may only take a few months.

Here is the basic approach:

* Make a list of all our your debts from the smallest amount to the largest. List ALL of your debts, except for you house (this debt actually is accounted for later on).

* After all of your necessities are paid (food, shelter, transportation and clothing), pay the minimum amounts on all of your debts. As a side note, you should be current on all of your debts before you begin this step. In fact, I think you should be current on all of your debts before you complete your initial emergency fund.

* Any additional money that can be squeezed from your budget should be applied to your smallest debt. This is extra money, in addition to the minimum payments that you are already paying. Do not consider interest rates when determining which bill to pay extra on. Pay off your smallest debts first and ignore the mathematics involved.

* Once you have completely paid off the smallest debt, put all of the money you were paying on that debt on the next smallest debt.

* Repeat this process until you are debt free living, except for your mortgage.

3. Complete Your Emergency Fund

In step one, you saved $1,000 to cover minor emergencies while you begin to eliminate your debt. In baby step three, you will now complete your emergency fund. A fully funded emergency fund should cover between three to six months of expenses. This is your main security blanket.

How great would it feel to know that even if you lost your job, you would be OK while searching for a new one. Guys, a fully funded emergency fund is the best gift you can give to your wife. She will sleep so much more sounded at night when you have one.

4. Invest 15% of Your Income for Retirement

You have now finally reached the step where you start thinking about your retirement. You have no debt, except for maybe your mortgage, have a fully funded emergency fund and are well on your way to changing your family’s future.

Invest 15% of your gross income, not your take home. Do not cheat yourself out of potential growth. Additionally, if your company has some form of retirement match, do not include it in your calculations. Invest the full amount yourself and consider anything else just icing on the cake.

5. Save for College (if applicable)

According to Dave’s book, The Total Money Makeover, 68% of Americans have saved nothing for their child’s college education. This is a tragic oversight, which is putting thousands of students in debt before they even have a chance.

In this step, begin investing such plans ESA and 529s. If you do not know what these terms mean, simply type them into Google, and do a bit of research. New plans are being creating every day, so it may be best to talk to a qualified financial planner.

6. Pay Off The Mortgage

Who would have thought when you began this process, that you would actually be debt free (except for the mortgage), have a fully funded emergency fund, be saving for your retirement and be saving for your child’s college education? You have come a long way and you should congratulate yourself.

You are not, however, completely done yet. In baby step six, you will now start paying off your mortgage early. Treat this exactly like you treated your other debt in step two and figure out a way to pay more directly to the principle each month.

7. Build Wealth

This is the step most people only dream about. You are now debt free and can truly live free from any debt or burden, free from the stress of being able to pay your monthly bills and free to know that you will have something saved for your retirement.

In this step, build wealth and then…..give it away. Give some to family. Give some to churches, Support something you believe in. Create a lasting legacy for your family.

Being in debt is not the end. It does not have to be part of your life. Becoming debt free just requires the right plan.

Debt Relief vs Debt Settlement

Understanding Debt Relief vs Debt Settlement

Choosing between debt relief and debt settlement could be a little confusing if you do not supply the facts. You may realize you’ll need some form of tax assistance, however, you may not know how to obtain it. If you’re planning on each one of these programs, make sure you understand the benefits and drawbacks of each one.

Debt Relief Overview

Debt Relief vs Debt SettlementThe pros of the debt relief company include help organizing and paying down your existing debt. Once you contact a debt management company, they’ll help you contact creditors and are available to some form of agreement to cover less cash every month in your accounts. Although you will still need to pay all the money back, you may well be capable of negotiate more uncommon harassing phone calls and letters.

Debt management services work as a go-between along with you and your creditors. If you are uncomfortable conversing with people on the phone, this can be a great solution. As opposed to feeling intimidated by pushy and quite often obnoxious creditors, let a specialist speak to them. They will fully stand up to your rights as a consumer. The main negative to using a debt management services is that it make a difference your credit. Many lenders view the usage of these kind of companies in the negative manner. For this reason they could be less likely to lend money in the near future. Although, if your credit is in serious trouble, once you’ve gotten your debt in order, you can start to rebuild your credit and acquire back on your journey to financial freedom.

Understanding Debt Relief vs Debt Settlement

Additionally, there are benefits and drawbacks to working with a debt settlement company. In case you are seriously in debt, like many Americans today, you will probably find a debt negotiation company more helpful. These professionals can assist you with credit card settlement or most other types of huge loans. Your debt settlement counselor works directly along with your creditors to barter a more manageable amount of money you need to repay. This really is sometimes done by heading out the delinquency fees or area of the interest. Most creditors are happy to find least a of area of the money they’re owed. This is especially valid with credit card settlement. A lot of the bad debts could be interest – therefore the company is not really loosing on much. Saving 40% to 60% is normal with most debt settlement companies.

Another positive part of debt negotiation is that it is pretty quick and the debt will probably be paid completely. For those who have trouble saving money for any settlement payment, the company may also be capable of assist you with that. As long as you’re behind on your own bills, you can use on of the companies to help negotiate a credit card settlement or any other loan payoffs quickly. If you are worried you will likely have to declare bankruptcy, debt consolidation is a superb alternative. An individual bankruptcy will stay in your credit file for quite some time. Tells creditors you might never pay back the money you borrowed. While using settlement option, future creditors will at least see that you made an effort to pay back the money. This should hopefully show that you’ve learned your lesson about borrowing more than you are able to repay.

Debt Relief vs Debt Settlement Closing Thoughts

Just as the debt management companies, your credit will be affected by using debt consolidation. Additionally you need to make sure you might be using a reputable company that has your own interest in your mind. When you’re debt free, be sure you hold the important information. This will help so you do not find yourself in financial trouble again, later on.

Harassing telephone calls can cause one to become depressed as well as less want to make payments on your overdue accounts. When you contact a debt negotiation company, they’ll take care of the telephone calls and you may acquire some solace and feel in control of your daily life again.