Having money to do with as you please is always a good thing. You can buy whatever you want and not lose sleep about it. Unfortunately, for most us this isn’t really the case. Only a handful of people can afford to live like this. We, on the other hand, have to agonize over every penny spent because if we don’t we might end up like Florence. Let’s listen to her story:
“I never thought I was overspending. I always believed I didn’t even come close. My regular shopping trips were limited to trips to the supermarket. I didn’t go for expensive signature shoes and clothes. I always thought that if I spent on just the necessities, I’ll be fine. Unfortunately, I had a different concept of necessity and I only realized this too late. These TV shopping shows? I’m addicted to them. Each of those segments convinced me that the items being hawked were actually necessary. Food processors, ceramic cookware, knives that didn’t rust. Name it, I had to have it. Because I didn’t spend so much on extremely expensive stuff, my credit card debt kept on piling up ever so slowly, because I only paid minimum each month since that would be enough to keep me out of trouble, right? Wrong. When my credit cards were maxed out I couldn’t use them for the really important things so I had to use cash. Which, of course, deducted the resources necessary to pay of my credit card debt. My credit rating has hit rock bottom and I’m thinking about loans as an option to get me through these difficult times. But who would lend me the money? Where can I get a loan with bad credit?”
The truth is, there are smart lenders out there who know about people like Florence and want to serve this marginalized market. In fact, many of these lenders have had positive experience in the UK and Canada, too. They know it’s very risky be pointed in their direction as an answer to the question: where can I get a loan with bad credit? People with bad credit have a history of being very poor in managing finances but these lenders know how to hedge against the risk. They also know that very few main street lenders will be willing to help people get a loan with bad credit so this market is underserved.
Florence need not worry too much about where to get loans with bad credit because they are out there, mostly online, and it’s easy to find them. What she does have to worry about is what she does when she finally gets the loan. Read success stories of people who have managed to handle their debts successfully in “Debt Repayment Tips that Work from Real-Life Debt Winners.”
Yes, you now have the money you need, and you feel giddy after being so low cash for such a long time. Do you pinch a little bit from the amount to treat yourself to a dinner at your favorite restaurant? Perhaps pamper yourself with a facial and a massage because being poor is such a stressful thing? If you do then be prepared for more stress because if you fail to pay the loan you get with bad credit, your credit will go from bad to worse. It might even be impossible to repair. Remember that your credit rating is the face you show to the world of finance, and you will always be judged by that. Bad credit? Bad person. It hurts, but it’s true. Yes there are places where you can get a loan with bad credit but these places will be closed to you if you don’t pay up. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau website is always a good place to start getting good education and proper information on credit.
If, as a part of your financial rebuilding activities, you decide to look for a new job the human resources department will run a background check and one of the most easily available pieces of information is your credit rating. If you haven’t been making payments on time they will interpret this as a sign that you might be a procrastinator. No team wants a member who puts off for tomorrow what can be done today. Your application might be turned down. Read this article from New York Times that details the impact of bad credit on your job search.
You have to remember that only you have the right to read your credit report. The lender only has access to it with your permission. Even when you’ve been denied credit it is always a good idea to check your credit file regularly and ensure all the information is correct. You have the right to dispute inaccurate information on your credit file, and to have errors corrected. If there is negative information on your file about people in your family with whom you have no financial connection, you can ask the agencies to “disassociate” you from them.
Always remember that good rating means good credit. The higher the rating, the higher your chances of securing better terms. Learn more about what’s in your credit score and how the scores are computed in the primer from FICO.
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