Posts Tagged :

debt

Putting everything on your credit card? There are other ways to pay

Don’t believe you have to have a credit card. Paying interest sucks and there are other ways to pay. It sucks the lifeblood out of your finances. That’s because unless you clear your entire bill within the interest free days, you pay interest. That interest means you’re paying as much as 20% more than your mates for the same things, which may have a detrimental effect on your finances over time. Other (sometimes better) ways to pay Thankfully there are…

read more
So you want a clear score. Can payday loans stop you from getting one?

Looking for a clear score but wondering if a payday loan could stop you from getting one? Payday loans became prevalent as quick fixes for Australians in the 1990s, responding to the need for small, personal loans that banks and credit unions would no longer provide. Payday loans were frequently offered to people with bad credit or who didn’t have clear scores, making the loans even more ubiquitous. A small payday loan can be up to $2,000 and has a…

read more
Has Cupid’s arrow struck? Don’t date your way into debt

We know your new girlfriend or boyfriend wants to go out every Friday. Even two drinks each, some snacks and an Uber ride home could set you back $50. It’s dead easy to blow $100 if you throw food in as well. What’s more, dating can send your credit score south. Fast. Let’s say you spend $150 a week going out, $300 a couple of times a year on a weekend away, $200 on his/her birthday, and flowers or chocolates…

read more
How long does it take to recover from serious financial difficulty?

If you’re on the verge of a serious financial problem, you need to act quickly. Going bankrupt or having multiple defaults listed on your credit report can severely impact your future ability to take out a loan or open a new line of credit. Lenders will look at your financial past, see that you’ve been unable to handle your finances, and potentially refuse your application. Examples of a major financial misstep include going bankrupt, failing to repay multiple debts over…

read more
How can I fix my credit rating?

Is your credit score making lenders wince? You may struggle to obtain mortgages, car loans, credit cards and other forms of borrowing if you fail to fix your rating. The goods news is that you’re aware there’s a problem if you’re reading this, so let’s explore some of the ways you can repair your credit rating in Australia. Defaults are payments on a credit account that are at least 60 days overdue and worth $150 or more. 1. Identify mistakes…

read more
Credit Simple launches Clear Name, a way for people to clear outstanding defaults at a discount

Today we announced we’re launching Clear Name, a sister business to Credit Simple, which is going to give Aussies a way to clear outstanding defaults at a discount. Clear Name is an Australian first, and it’s designed to give people a chance to pay off unpaid defaults online and at their own discretion. People will be able to access Clear Name through Credit Simple. We reckon Aussies deserve the best shot at living a healthy financial life, so we’re calling…

read more
Man working out outdoors
Boost your savings with the Three Ts (track, trim, and target)

Saving is the worst. I cannot save money. I just can’t. I look at my payslip each month and take out the rent, the food, the car, the power, the water, the gas and there’s barely enough left to pay for the odd drink after work let alone save up for a deposit on a house or anything stupid like that. I know I was supposed to pay myself first but somehow that just never worked out. By the time…

read more
Nine ways to sabotage your own credit score

I’m working hard to improve my credit score these days. In the past I was a bit of a bad boy when it came to paying bills – so I’ve been looking into what will kill your credit score, and fast. Real fast. But just so you know: a good credit score is 500 or more on the scale of 0 to 1,000. Most of us Aussies sit between 400 to 600. Over 800 is brilliant. Anything less than 400 is…

read more
Know your rights - What to do if you’re being chased by a debt collector
Know your rights: What to do if you’re being chased by a debt collector

There’s nothing like owning a ferocious guard dog for dealing with debt collectors. Chomp, chomp, chomp. There goes the arm of that dastardly fella. Well, not really. Setting the dog on the debt collector isn’t going to solve your problems – it’ll just make them worse. Debt collectors don’t even taste that nice (or so we’re told). It’s easy to stick your head in the sand when you can’t (or forget to) pay a bill. But leaving all those envelopes…

read more
In the habit of ‘whacking it on the mortgage’? Start treating it like any other debt (and get ahead)

Need a new kitchen? Fancy that round the world trip? Just whack it on the mortgage. In 21st century Australia we extend the mortgage every time we have a bit of ‘spare equity’ built up. It’s like we’ve inverted the whole concept of borrowing and the aim of paying it off has disappeared out the window. If you don’t pay that mortgage down as you would other debt, you could be forced to work until you drop just to pay the…

read more