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What Are The Best And Worst Ways To Use A Loan?

What Are The Best And Worst Ways To Use A Loan?

It’s always advisable to live within your budget, stay away from debt, etc.. However, there are some cases when it’s justifiable to take on debt. Sometimes it’s inevitable to take debt. When you have an emergency expense for instance (such as an unexpected medical or car repair bill), you may be forced to take a payday loan or any other type of short-term loan. It’s a bad idea to take up a loan if you don’t really need one. With that said, let’s get into more detail on the best as well as the worst ways of using a loan.

Best ways of using a loan

1. Starting a business:

It’s highly recommendable to take a loan and start a business. Business loans make the most sense because they are put into one of the most productive loan uses. Provided you prepare a solid business, it’s always a great idea to use your loan to start a business.

2. Debt consolidation:

You can also take a loan to help you manage your debt better. Managing debt can be stressing when you have many loans. Debt consolidation allows you to clear off multiple debts so that you remain with one manageable loan. If your loans have gotten out of hand, it’s a good idea to consolidate as long as you still have the capacity to service the resulting debt.

3. To build your credit score:

You can also take a loan to build your credit score. If you have a bad credit score that needs to be improved fast, taking a loan is a good idea. The benefits of having a good credit score are enormous. As long as you can repay your loan in time, there is nothing wrong with building your credit score by taking loans and repaying them in time. This tip works perfectly with credit card loans/debt.

4. To cater for emergency expenses:

As mentioned above, you can take a loan to cater for emergency expenses. Medical bills, car repair bills, roof repair bills among other kinds of bills may arise when you don’t have money. In such cases, you can take a payday loan among other types of short term loans to cater for those emergencies.

Worst ways of using a loan

Let’s turn to what you shouldn’t do with loan money. Ideally, you shouldn’t take in debt to spend on unnecessary expenses. Although the definition of ”unnecessary” expenses can vary from one person to another, here’s what you need to know.

1. Never take a loan for gambling:

Gambling is very risky. The odds are usually against you. There is nothing wrong with gambling with your own money if you really want to gamble. However, it is not advisable to get into debt because of gambling. In fact, you should avoid taking loans to engage in any activities whose outcome can’t be controlled.

2. Funding luxuries:

You should also avoid loans if you are taking them to fund luxuries i.e. buy the latest furniture, electronics, go for a holiday, buy a second home, buy new clothes/shoes. Most people get into debt because of taking loans to enjoy lifestyles they can’t afford. To avoid this mistake, fund luxuries using your own money. You can take a loan if you already have the money to fund luxuries. For instance, you may be waiting to get paid. Unless you are in such a scenario, avoid debt by all means. If you can’t afford something at any given movement, save up and get it later. You should, however, consider putting your money into better use i.e. funding income generating ventures such as a business.

3. Paying everyday bills:

It’s also a bad idea to get into debt every month to pay rent, energy bills, grocery bills, etc. You can take a payday loan once in a while to sort out expenses when you have some financial difficulties. However, it’s not a good idea to pay for everyday bills with debt. If you find yourself doing this, it’s time to adjust your lifestyle to match your income. It is possible to avoid short-term loans by living within your means and building a savings account.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Donald Trump Wants To Scrap The Consumer Protection Agency, What Does This Mean For Borrowers In The US?

Donald Trump Wants To Scrap The Consumer Protection Agency, What Does This Mean For Borrowers In The US?

US President Donald Trump is facing immense pressure to get rid of America’s consumer protection agency CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). This is according to the man set to head the agency. If this happens, rogue debt collectors, loan sharks, and payday lenders will have unmatched freedom to rip off American borrowers.

According to Randy Neugebauer who is slated to replace the current CFPB Director, President Trump is facing immense pressure from the Republican Party to break up the agency completely. The former Texas congressman held talks with the then President-Elect Trump shortly after his election victory in November.

While speaking to The Independent exclusively in his 1st interview since the new Trump administration took office, Mr. Neugebauer stated that his meetings with President Trump have involved discussions revolving around deregulating as well as gutting the CFPB.
Mr. Neugebauer went ahead to state that some of his colleagues are in favour of doing away with the agency completely. He is however of the opinion that it’s better to change certain aspects of the agency as opposed to doing away with the agency completely. Mr. Neugebauer feels that the government shouldn’t be telling the public what types of financial products are the best but rather, creating a safe environment where the public is safe from unfair lending practices.

This is where the CFPB comes in. The agency has the power to take any necessary action against companies which break the law. The agency also takes on cases revolving around race or age discrimination.

Under Mr. Neugebauer’s watch, the agency’s current form is likely to be dismantled which may result in the agency losing much of its influence. Mr. Neugebauer claims that American consumers are currently being suffocated by regulations. He prefers a consumer environment where consumers have the freedom to choose the loans they want whether the deals available are good or bad.

Mr. Neugebauer has stated that he is willing run the agency if appointed. However, it will depend on what the long-term plan of the agency will be. Although Mr. Neugebauer admits to having had broad discussions with President Trump, he goes ahead to state that he hasn’t discussed any specific job offer with the president.

Mr. Neugebauer has been on the record voicing his support for payday loan lenders, despite the apparent lack of transparency as well as crippling interest rate charges that have contributed to calls for payday lenders to be banned.

He also backs President Trump’s executive order aimed at reviewing the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations. Mr. Neugebauer states that the Obama administration rules meant to get rid of risky lending practices were an overreaction. Mr. Neugebauer views the current regulation as blanket regulation meant for the whole financial market yet some entities weren’t part of the cause of the financial crisis that warranted the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations. In his opinion and those of many others, the regulation went too far.
Under the current CPFB director Richard Cordray, customers who have been victims of credit scams or unfair banking sector practices have received billions in compensation. However, Mr. Neugebauer claims that the problem was overstated and individual states were doing a better job when compared to the CPFB.

He admits to the fact that there are people who will always try to abuse the system, however, action can and has been taken against such people.
Furthermore, the CFPB is already under threat given the federal appeals court ruling in October that the agency has an unconstitutional structure. The ruling also gave President Trump the power to dismiss the current director at will and appoint his replacement anytime even before his term ends in 2018.

The agency which came into being after the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform law was enacted is among former President Obama’s main domestic policy achievements. The achievement is, however, unpopular with libertarians who think it has resulted in unplanned long-term commitments that shifts from the initial objective. Most libertarians feel the agency should either be reformed or disbanded.

A bill has already been introduced by Representative John Ratcliffe and Senator Ted Cruz to disband the agency. If the bill is passed prompting the disbandment of the CFPB, the move will be hugely controversial. Many banking sector players have warned against such a move claiming it will do more harm than good.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Payday Loan Fraudster Used Tinder to Lure and Fleece Women of Thousands

Payday Loan Fraudster Used Tinder to Lure and Fleece Women of Thousands

30-year-old fraudster Jonathan Frame used Tinder, a popular dating application, to lure and fleece lonely women. The Swinton conman would meet lonely women, steal their identity and then run up debt in their names. He would use the stolen personal information to take out payday loans as well as apply for credit cards and overdrafts according to a Manchester Crown Court hearing.

Frame would go as far as rifle through the mail of his unsuspecting victims,  set up fake email accounts and even call up lenders on behalf of his victims to get credit cards activated. In such instances, he would lie that his girlfriend at the time was deaf.
Frame spent part of his proceeds on designer clothes and restaurant meals with his unsuspecting victims. He was also ”kind” enough to buy his victims expensive gifts with part of the money.

During his 1st February 2017 Crown Court sentencing, Frame pleaded for a suspended jail
sentence claiming he had an honest job at a high-end street store. His plea, however, fell on deaf ears as presiding Judge Michael Leeming ruled that community punishment wasn’t an option since fraud was what Frame did for a living.

Frame has been jailed for one and a half years. He admitted to fraudulent offences amounting to £6,990 against two women he met in 2014 on Tinder. During his sentencing, one of the women he fleeced told the Crown Court she had contemplated suicide because of Frame’s actions. The other woman confessed to being scared of dating in the future.
Frame fleeced his first victim £6,221 in a record seven weeks. The woman is liable for the debts accumulated under her name despite being unaware of what was going on. This is because she shared personal details with Frame. The woman fell for Frame’s charm as well as his persuasive nature. She confessed to thinking Frame loved her genuinely, so she trusted him and gave him access to her house and car. Frame used this access to intercept her post and facilitate the fraud.

According to the woman, Frame has ruined her life. She also feels betrayed and doesn’t expect to live debt-free until she turns 31 in 2022. She also expects to struggle securing
a mortgage given the debts she has accumulated. She was just 23 years old when she met Frame. Frame targeted his second victim shortly after fleecing his first victim. His second victim discovered Frame was a fraudster when he left one day for good. She was fleeced of £569 in 13 days.

This is not the first time Frame is finding himself on the wrong side of the law. Frame has been convicted for 21 offences previously mainly for fraud, theft, and far-dodging. The offences date back ten years. In his latest case, Frame’s barrister Paul Hodgkinson defended his client claiming he was genuinely interested in the relationships with his victims despite the impression that he was out to con lonely women. Hodgkinson went ahead and stated that Frame was apologetic for his actions and was only keen on impressing his partners. Judge Michael Leeming wasn’t convinced of Frame’s innocence resulting in an 18-month jail term for the payday loan fraudster.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
How payday loans differ in other countries: UK vs. U.S

How payday loans differ in other countries: UK vs. U.S

Payday loans are the most popular short term loans globally. The loans are available in all major economies globally. If you care to know how payday loans vary from one country to another (particularly the UK and U.S.,) look no further. Here’s what you need to know;

Payday loans in the UK

Although payday loans originated in the U.S., they have grown more rapidly in the UK. According to a recent PWC study, over 40% of all youth in the UK use payday loans. The UK payday loan industry is estimated to be worth billions of pounds today.

Typical UK payday loans range up to £500. Many UK payday loan lenders, however, offer flexible lending limits amounting to more than £1,000. Interest rates stand at approximately 25% per month for typical payday loans. There are however many lenders charging way less.

Largest Participants 

Wonga is the largest UK payday loan lender with approximately 30% market share. The second largest lender is Dollar Financial Group which owns the Money Shop as well as payday lenders; Payday UK, Ladder Loans, and Payday Express.

Regulation

The UK payday loan industry is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). The FCA took over the regulatory role from the FSA back in 2014 in an effort to exert tighter control on rogue payday loan lenders.
In January 2015, the FCA introduced strict regulations that guide the payday loan industry to date. For instance, payday loan lenders in the UK should not charge more than 0.8% interest per day. The total charges on all payday loans including interest and default charges are also capped at 100% of the total amount borrowed.

Status

The UK payday loans industry is currently transforming. The industry has had a bad name for years due to an increasing number of rogue lenders using unfair lending practices. The tightening regulation has however brought back sanity to the industry. The FCA has fined numerous payday loan lenders found guilty of using unfair lending practices. Although many lenders have closed shop, there is still a high demand for payday loans in the UK.

Payday loans in the U.S.

Payday loans originated from the U.S. They are also known as; cash advances, salary loans, payroll loans, cash advance loans, payday advance, etc. The loans date back to the 1900s where they were known as salary purchases. Initially, lenders would buy a borrower’s next salary for less and then disburse the difference to the borrower after deducting all applicable charges. Fast forward today, the industry has grown from 500 lenders to 22,000+ lenders. The U.S. payday loan industry is estimated to be worth over $46 billion today.

Regulation

Payday loan regulation in the U.S. varies widely from one state to another. To avoid unfair lending practices, many jurisdictions in the U.S. have APR (annual percentage rate) limits that all lenders must adhere to. It’s also worth noting that some jurisdictions in the U.S. have outlawed payday loans completely i.e. Georgia. In total, 14 states have forbidden payday lending. Other jurisdictions have few restrictions on lenders.

Some states also have laws limiting borrowers from taking payday loans repeatedly. Such states include Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Indiana and New Mexico just to mention a few. These states have statewide databases that require lenders to assess a customer’s eligibility to get a payday loan before issuing the loan. There is also regulation restricting the number of times a payday loan borrower can roll over their loan. Some states restrict rollovers i.e. Arizona. Other states i.e. Delaware allow a maximum of four rollovers.

Initially, payday loan rates were restricted in most U.S. states by the USLL (Uniform Small Loan Laws). The USLL restricted the rates at 36 to 40% APR.

Status

The U.S. payday loan industry caters for the young and poor mostly, low-income communities residing near military bases. A recent study conducted by Pew Charitable research also indicate that the payday loans in the U.S. are taken mostly for subsistence or recurrent spending as opposed to funding emergency cash needs. The interest rates charged on U.S. payday loans also remains higher than other alternative short term loans. The difference in regulation per jurisdiction is to blame for misinformation as well as ongoing unfair lending practices in the industry.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Payday Lender The Money Shop On Sale Due to ''Tough Times''

Payday Lender The Money Shop On Sale Due to ”Tough Times”

DFC Global, the American owner of payday loan lender Money Shop, has put the company up for sale as the company shifts focus from the increasingly regulated payday loan business in the UK.

Although DFC Global says it received a bid approach offer from an unnamed suitor, the company also admits that the Money Shop has been facing difficulties over the past few years now.

The recent crackdown on rogue UK payday loan lenders and tightening regulation has pushed DFC Global to reconsider participating in the UK payday loan industry. Since buying the Money Shop back in 1999, DFC Global has closed down more than 50% of its stores in the UK in the past couple of years as the company looks for ways of coping in an increasingly difficult business environment.

About DFC Global

DFC Global is an American-based financial services company with operations in 1000+ locations in 7 countries. DFC Global focuses on low income or bad credit consumers offering short term loans such as payday loans. The company also provides pawnbroking as well as gold buying services. DFC brands include; The Money Shop in the UK and Ireland, Insta-Cheques, We The People and Loan Mart. The company owns high-end pawnbroker, Suttons & Robertsons and also operates online short term loan lenders such as Payday Express and Payday UK.

In 2009, DFC Global was UK’s largest payday loan provider with a market share of approximately 25%. The company which was previously known as Monetary Management Corporation changed its name in 1990. DFC Global is owned by U.S. private equity firm Lone Star Funds.

The sale

DFC Global is believed to have hired KBW (Keefe, Bruyette & Woods) investment bankers to sell Dollar UK which owns; the Money Shop, online payday loan companies Payday UK and Payday Express as well as several pawnbroking businesses owned by DFC.

According to a DFC spokesman, DFC is aware of the ongoing media speculation on the sale of the Money Shop. However, the company insists that the details remain confidential between all the parties involved. DFC, however, reveals that an approach bid has been made and the company plans on assessing the offer in the ”normal” manner.

UK payday loan lender struggles

Most UK payday loan lenders have struggled to stay in business since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) began tightening regulation and cracking down on lenders using unfair lending practices.

In January 2015, the FCA capped the interest rate to 0.8% per day ensuring payday loan borrowers never pay over £24 in interest charges for £100 loans granted for a month. The FCA also capped the total fees and charges applicable ensuring borrowers never have to pay more than they borrow in fees and charges.

Since then, many payday loan lenders in the UK have closed shop. The Money Shop has closed more than 300 branches in the UK alone. Currently, the lender has reduced its branches from over 600 to 230 in an effort to remain profitable in an increasingly difficult business environment.

The Money Shop has faced other struggles besides having to close down most of its branches. For instance, the lender has also been forced to pay fines for unfair lending practices. Just recently, the Money Shop was ordered to pay some of its customers (147,000 customers) £15.3m as compensation for unfair lending practices ranging from system errors to bad affordability checks and debt collection practices.

According to DFC, the lender has since changed its operations by choosing to focus on pre-paid credit cards as well as longer term loans. Although this move among many other moves taken have been deemed viable, the Money Shop is still posting losses. According to the lender’s recent accounts, the UK business suffered a full year loss amounting to £104m in 2015.

Speculators have no choice but to make the worst assumptions regarding the sale of the Money Shop. Although it is clear that the Money Shop is struggling to adjust to the FCA’s new rules and guidelines on payday loan lending like most payday loan lenders in the UK who had been used to lenient rules and guidelines, a sale, that will hopefully reverse the fortunes of the lender is underway.

DFC is also banking on the fact that the Money Shop has changed operations to focus on more profitable/less risky lending.

The Money Shop is a major sponsor of football club, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Are Short Term Loans Risky? What You Need To Know

Are Short Term Loans Risky? What You Need To Know

Short terms loans such as payday loans are regarded as risky by many, however, is this really the case? If you’re looking to take out a short-term loan, but you want to know what you’re getting yourself into first, look no further. Here’s what you need to know and do to minimize the risks

Possible risks

Like any other kinds of loans, short term loans such as payday loans have risks. The most common include;

1. Misuse: Short-term loans are prone to misuse more than any other types of loans. As a result, there is always a risk that you won’t use any short term loan you take responsibly. You can do away with this risk by being a responsible borrower. You should borrow short term loans like payday loans when you have pressing needs only i.e. when you have emergency cash needs.

2. Repayment risks: Due to the short term nature of loans such as payday loans, there are higher risks of failing to meet repayment obligations as stipulated in the terms. Typically, payday loans are supposed to be paid off in full using the next paycheck. If you don’t borrow more money that you can repay comfortably, there is a high risk of having difficulties repaying the loan in full. The best way of avoiding this repayment risks is to always make sure you can repay the loan amount in full without difficulties during your next payday.

3. High-cost risks: Short term loans also tend to be more expensive than regular loans, so there is a high likelihood of being overcharged especially when you don’t take the time to borrow from reputable lenders. Payday loans are good examples of expensive short term loans if you borrow without doing your homework. There are very many unscrupulous payday loan lenders in the UK who overcharge their customers by using confusing terms and conditions. To avoid this, you need to borrow from reputable UK payday loan lenders only like Swiftmoney.

4. Habitual borrowing risks: Short term loans are also known to cause habitual borrowing i.e. borrowing when you don’t need to. You should never get a short term loan simply because it is available to you otherwise you stand to plunge yourself into a never-ending debt cycle. Furthermore, the loan might not be available to you later when you really need it. It is worth noting that failing to repay any loan damages your reputation as well as your credit rating.

5. Scams: There are also more scams associated with short term loans than there are scams associated with long-term loans. The popularity of short term loans like payday loans has attracted a lot of unscrupulous lenders out to exploit lenders. Some even pose as lenders only to steal the identity of their clients. The importance of dealing with renowned payday loan lender or broker can’t, therefore, be overemphasised. In fact, dealing with a renowned payday loan broker like Swift Money can reduce most risks associated with payday loan today.

Verdict: Are short-term loans risky?

Short term loans can be very risky if you are dealing with a bad lender. When you choose a good lender, you get rid of most of the risks associated with short-term loans. First and foremost, there’s need to worry about scams if you are dealing with a registered lender with all the relevant FCA authorization. You also don’t need to worry about paying a high-interest rate or paying more in fees because of hidden terms and conditions.

It’s also possible to reduce the risks associated with short term loans by being a responsible borrower. If you borrow a payday loan for emergency reasons only, there should be no cause for concern. A responsible borrower also uses his/her loan for the intended purpose and repays the loan as agreed. Being a responsible borrower eliminates risks of misusing your loan, having repayment problems as well as becoming a habitual borrower.

In essence, short term loans have risks. However, the risks can be eliminated by choosing a lender wisely as well as practicing responsible borrowing behaviour.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Recovering Financially After Going On Holiday

Recovering Financially After Going On Holiday

The holiday season is over. You have plenty of memories as well as a huge debt to clear because you possibly got carried away and overused your credit card. You may also have taken out a payday loan or any other kind of short term loan to fund unexpected holiday expenses. How do you recover financially?

Start by lowering your spending (save more)

The most natural place to start when you want to take charge of your finances is your spending. You must make some sacrifices to repay your payday loan, credit card debt among other types of loans you may have taken during the holiday. Luckily, there is always something you can cut back on to get that much-needed money to pay your loans as fast as possible. For instance, you can stop eating out, paying for entertainment, using your personal car, etc. Pursue every avenue available to reduce your expenses as much as possible. Save more and recover financially as fast as possible.

Pay your most expensive debt first

If you have loans to pay after a holiday, you need to sit down and determine which debt is the most expensive to pay and make plans to repay such debt first. Expensive debt can take a huge toll on your finances if you don’t repay immediately. To be able to recover faster at the lowest cost possible, pay expensive debt first.

Declutter your house

This is another great way of getting money to pay off any debts that you may have accumulated over the holiday. Decluttering can also give you some much-needed cash to cater for New Year expenses that you may have overlooked during the holidays. There is always something you don’t need in your house that you can sell. Luckily, there are also online platforms i.e. eBay and Craigslist that allow you to sell households among other items online easily.

Find an extra source of income

You can also look for a job to recover financially after a holiday. There are plenty of jobs you can do online to supplement your income. You just need to find a job that is in line with your interests to make some extra money and enjoy the process while at it. The internet is full of money making opportunities. You just need to take time and search for what works for you. A typical (offline) job is also great if you can find one.

Shop online exclusively

Besides cutting your spending, you need to look for other avenues of saving money. Shopping online is a great way to save money today. The internet has the best deals on anything you can think off. Furthermore, there is nothing you can’t find and buy online today. You can save money by taking advantage of online discounts. You also stand to save on convenience. When you shop for things online, you don’t have to waste time traveling. Most online stores also offer free shipping which translates to more savings.

Open a savings account

To avoid suffering financial distress ever again while on holiday, you need to set up a savings account immediately. This tip will help you avoid borrowing when you go for your next holiday. Although this tip won’t give you quick financial gratification, the account will help you avoid getting into a similar financial situation in the future.

Summary

It is very easy to overspend during the holiday season. If you face financial constraints after a holiday, it’s time to take the necessary measures. Focus on getting more money by saving, selling what you don’t need or finding a job and repaying all your debt as fast as possible to be able to recover in record time. You can also take out a payday loan if you are in dire need of money until your next payday. Lastly, make sure you open a holiday savings account to ensure you don’t find yourself in the same position again.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Money and Festivities: Top 6 Christmas Money Tips

Money and Festivities: Top 6 Christmas Money Tips

Overview

Christmas is a time for celebrations. It’s time to spend quality time with family and friends. But celebrations need financing so, how do you make sure your finances stay in check over Christmas and the rest of the December holiday? If you want to enjoy your Christmas without overspending, here’s what you need to do;

1. Plan thoroughly: This tip is very popular but commonly overlooked. You must plan thoroughly for the festivities otherwise, you will end up overspending or taking short term loans like payday loans to fund unforeseen expenses. Although there is nothing wrong with taking a payday loan to cover unexpected expenses during the festive season, some careful planning goes a long way. When you plan thoroughly for your holiday, you set aside money for everything including emergency expenses. Planning puts you in the best financial position possible. For instance, you are able to find the best ways of spending what you have. In most cases, you’ll have enough money to enjoy your festivities if you have a solid plan.

2. Shop online, save money: The internet is by far the best place to find Christmas gift deals. Online shopping has many benefits from offering the best variety to the best prices possible. Online shopping is also convenient. You don’t have to spend money traveling from one store to another. In a nutshell, shopping for Christmas gifts online is better in every sense including saving. You may see great Christmas deals in stores around you, however, the best deals are online. 

3. Takes advantage of popular Christmas gift hacks: One of the most common ways people spend money during Christmas is; buying Christmas gifts. If you’re not cautious, you could end up overspending on Christmas gifts. To avoid this, you can take advantage of Christmas gift hacks like ”Secret Santa”. As opposed to everyone buying a gift for every member of the family, every member can be assigned to buy a gift for one member only. Using this gift hack controls expenditure on Christmas gifts without compromising anything including the fun and the importance of Christmas gifts.

4. Shop during odd hours: If you have to shop traditionally, do so during odd hours. Stores are usually full of shoppers during the festive season making it hard to spot good offers. It is, therefore, better to shop at night if there are many 24-hour shopping centres around you. The festive season has great deals which can save you a lot of money. You must, however, make a point of shopping differently to save the most. Remember, shopping during odd hours saves you time and time is money.

5. Track your spending: Impulse buying is one of the most common causes of overspending. Unfortunately, it is harder to control spending during the festive season due to an abundance of irresistible offers. To save money effectively during Christmas, you must stick to your budget and buy only those items you plan for. You should have an idea where every single cent you spend goes otherwise, you will not be able to avoid overspending.

6. Don’t compete with anyone: People also tend to overspend during the festive season by trying to compete with others i.e. ”keeping up with the joneses”. Just because your friend or neighbour bought something for himself or for his wife/children shouldn’t mean that you should buy the same thing. It takes a lot of discipline to avoid being influenced by other people’s expenditure during Christmas. You have to stick to your plan if you want your finances to be in check during and after the festive season. 

Summary

You don’t need to blow your budget to have a great festive season. You can follow the above tips to ensure you enjoy your Christmas celebrations without suffering financially. Planning thoroughly is a great place to start. You also need to think of shopping online, using popular Christmas gift hacks, shopping during odd hours, tracking your spending and sticking to your spending plan. Besides, Christmas isn’t about how much money you spend but the time you spend with loved ones. 

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.