Please, don’t stop reading already! The word “budget” may not be so specific, but this point is the most important thing when we talk about repayment and a prerequisite for you to take control of your finances.
A budget does not have to be so advanced, it is very simply about the plus and the minus, your expenses must never exceed your income. Check out our super simple budget guide to get lots of great tips on how to set a budget as quickly and easily as possible.
Pay off high-interest loans first
Small loans with a high interest rate should always be paid off before larger loans with a lower interest rate. It is also good that you collect your loans.
With a larger loan instead of several small ones, you avoid having to pay off fees and setup tasks for each individual loan and usually get a lower interest rate.
Review recurring expenses
Is there anything you can cut down on? Maybe it has been a long time you even thought about your electricity contract and you may even have a poor track of what electricity company you have. A good consumer is a read consumer and a read consumer saves money. Electricity agreements and home insurance are recurring expenses that you can save thousands of dollars each year by switching.
Housing is also a major expense item in most households. How do you live today? Maybe it would work just as well with a smaller and cheaper accommodation? An alternative if you have plenty of room is to try to have a home for a period of time. If you also happen to live in a student city, this is easily fixed and you can try this with having a nice room mate one semester to see if it suits you.
What is credit score?
Credit scoring is a scoring system used by banks and other lenders to assess how creditworthy a person is. But now we take it from the beginning. When you apply for loans from banks and other lenders, a credit report is taken to assess your ability to pay.
In order to make the loan process easier for those who lend money, a scoring system has been developed – credit scoring. It is simply a tool that helps lenders quickly determine if it should grant you that loan. Credit scoring is done by the credit reporting companies.
Your credit score is determined from the same information as a regular credit report:
- Type of employment
- income History
- Relationship status
- Current loans
- payment Notes
- property Holdings
- credit inquiries
- Active credit
The lender sets a certain score for each point, then everything is summed up and you get a total value that can be used to decide if you can borrow money. It is common for the points to be weighted, which means that some factors are more important than others. For example, income and income history are usually given greater importance than, for example, property ownership.
Usually a scale is used from one to ten, where ten is the highest possible credit rating. Sometimes the score is used instead of calculating how much risk the borrower runs to receive a payment note within 12 months. The risk is stated as a percentage and then it is good to have as low a figure as possible.