I find your web site fascinating.
I can see that you have helped a lot of people and thought that you might be able to help me.
I get paid twice a month. My first
paycheck pays the mortgage and the 2nd pays the rest of my bills.
The problem is that I get paid on the 1st and 15th. A lot of my debt
is due between the 1st and the 15th. I have no choice but to pay
late. Will my creditors change my due date if I ask them to, if not,
what else would you suggest?
My FICO score has suffered
miserably as you can imagine--leaving me with an HFC loan with a 26%
interest rate that I can't get out from under.
I'm glad that you enjoy DebtSmart.com!
My goal is to help people save as much money as possible on their
Timing of bill payment is a problem
for many people. And it's not simply the bill timing, but also what
happens with the extra cash in between getting paid.
Based on what you said, it seems that
your mortgage is 50 percent of all your expenses! That's quite a
large percentage. The recommended ratio is 25 percent, but that
really doesn't matter at this point. When I purchased my first home,
I was in the same boat as far as the mortgage costing half of my
Here are a few suggestions to help
get the bills under control:
Budgeting: Track your spending to see
if you're spending more than you make. Plan to save money from that
second paycheck to pay bills that occur after the first paycheck is
used for your mortgage. You want to be careful not to spend the
extra cash that remains from paying bills with the second paycheck.
Change bill due dates: Contact all
your creditors and ask them to change the statement date so your
bill is due after you get your second check. Credit card banks
should have no problem making this adjustment. They want to get paid
so they are quite flexible--certainly in this area.
Do not ever pay late! Paying late is
the most costly mistake in financial management. It is better to
cash advance money from a credit card, deposit that money in your
checking account, and pay on time rather than being late. If you're
late, credit card banks will raise your interest rates and charge you
fees. Plus, you will lose your advantage in any negotiations for
better terms. The key to using this strategy is prudent budgeting
Will you be able
to pay off the cash-advance loan that helps you pay on time? Is all
of your spending less than, or equal to, all of your income? If you spend more than you make, then it's certain that at
sometime in the future you'll run out of available credit and money,
which can end in bankruptcy-- so do the math and be DebtSmart!