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The 46 Best Ways to Save Money

Check out the below list of the 46 best ways to save money.

Best tips on saving money

1. Open a saving account and actually save money in it. Start small just $20 a month but slowly up that to $100 a month to make a nice rainy day fund.

2. Don’t waste money on things you don’t need. Always wait a day before making a big purchase and sleep on it. If you come across an expensive item that you want, write up a report about why you want it, how it will impact your life, etc. Act like you are asking your boss to buy an expensive piece of equipment or something. Then file the report away to be reviewed in a weeks time. After the week is up, re-read the report with the mindset that someone else is asking to borrow money for that reason. If it passes this review, then begin to allocate funds from future paychecks toward it, which could take weeks. By the time all is said and done, if you do buy it, you definitely won’t regret it.

3. Don’t invest in penny stocks or cheap cryptocurrency. They are cheap for a reason and can lose value at any time for no reason.

4. Look at a compound interest tables. Think of it as giving your future self money at a huge discount.

5. Cook your own meals, don’t eat out.

6. Couponing. Clipping coupons works and the savings add up. Just $5 saved a week is $260 a year in extra money.

7. Recycle beer bottles and other cans. If you recycle 20 cans a week that is $1 a week in extra none or $52 a year extra.

8. This is a little risky but try buying limited edition products (games, consoles) and sell when they are sold out. Some fans are hell set on products and will pay a lot for them. Just watch out for the next beanie babies.

9. Print double-sided. Easy way to make your paper last twice as long.

10. Use recycled paper for scrap. When you are done with a sheet save it to write notes on — no need to do anything else.

11. Use old newspapers/ads for food waste (bones, inedible foods).

12. Use three toilet paper tiles and fold it in half to get thickness of six tiles. It feels just like Charmin.

13. When toothpaste/lotion tube is nearly done, cut it open to get everything out,

14. Go to random public events for free pens, post-it notes, and candy.

15. Always check payphones, vending machines (and surrounding area) for left over coins.

16. Use shopping bags as garbage bags.

17. Seal windows with tape or something to prevent heat loss in the winter time.

18. Freeze bread immediately and toast when you need it to prevent mold and early spoilage,

19. Charge your cell phone, tablet, handheld device at work/school,

20. Use credit card with cash-back option and don’t use debit for purchasing. Most cash back programs give you 1% at least back a year plus you are building your credit score.

21. Disassemble old hard drives and take out the magnets for whatever.

22. Exercise without getting gym memberships. Running is great here and you can do it for most of the year.

23. Cancel cable and watch your shows online for free.

24. Cut phone service and get VoIP, find independent service providers and not the mainstream providers.

25. Use your old toothbrushes to scrubbing stuff.

26. Water down juices to get a little more to drink (90% juice, 10% water). Same taste and you save yourself 10% a year.

27. Do your own taxes. Turbotax or similar online programs are only $30 a year and take minimal time to do.

28. Take office supplies from work/school.

29. Ask for bandages/gauze at the doctors.

30. Replace all incandescent light bulbs with CFLs.

31. Flush your toilet only once a day. As they say “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.”

32. Register all your products, games, electronics, etc. They usually send you promotions for sales, or extended warranty.

33. Sign up for demos and free trails, they might give you a gift on the side, and you can send back the product without the gift. For any of these use a fake email address so they don’t spam your main account.

34. Register for memberships that ask for your birthday, they usually give you free stuff on your birthday, like bagels, coffee, popcorn, etc. Some restaurants let you eat free if you eat with a group of people, just need to show ID. Again always use a fake email address.

35. If you have a kid and need something to do bring them to McDonald’s and ask for the treat of the week. It’s usually cookies or a ruler. If you can, get yourself napkins and salt/pepper/vinegar/ketchup/mayonnaise packages while there.

36. Use the free Wifi at Starbucks and other restaurants if you don’t have internet at home.

37. Buy the generic “no name brand” alternative where possible, including medicine.

38. Keep all receipts for tax purposes, or for surveys that can win you prizes or a discount the next time you visit. Both Dunkin Doughnuts and McDonalds have surveys on most of their receipts which give you free food as a return.

39. If you have “dead” batteries, you can probably use them to power a clock for at least a week. Throw “dead” batteries in the freezer for a few hours, they might work for another hour or so.

40. Save power by setting computer to Power Saving mode instead of Balanced/High Performance, set screen to power off after 5 minutes or whatever, set hard drive to sleep after 5 minutes or whatever, turn down monitor brightness as much as you can. This probably won’t help much but depending on your setup could save you a couple of dollars a month and prolong your monitors life.

41. Borrow books from libraries or view them on Google Books (or download them somewhere), read books at your local bookstore and leave without buying it, and of course don’t buy bookmarks, use something like a receipt or something.

42. Shop at early morning or late at night to save time waiting in line or avoid crowds.

43. Hand wash your clothes and air-dry them. This will save you money and lower your electricity bill.

44. Never borrow money to buy something. If you want something save up to buy it first.

45. Never buy junk food. It is bad for health, has no nutritional value, and is often over priced especially if brand name.

46. Save as much as you can. And you can always save more. Go ahead right now and up your 401k contribution by another percentage point. You won’t even notice the difference in your paycheck but you will see the growth in your retirement account.

Best Finance and Investing Apps

Now we can stay in touch with our day-to-day financial investment activities anywhere and anytime because of our powerful feature oriented smartphones. It is seen that investors use smartphones to take care of their investments time-to-time due to availability of information on mobile devices, especially the valuable information found in finance and investment applications. These investment apps are very handy to use for both novice and experienced investors.

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By working on these apps, you can draw stock charts, maintain virtual portfolio and get necessary live stock prices on your smartphones or tablets at a click. Many of these finance and investment apps can be downloaded for free but for some you may have to shed a little money. Some of the apps are listed here that may help you to manage your finances efficiently and effectively.

  • ChartIQ Practice Trading Simulator:This app is available on iPad and costs around $1.99. By using this app you can choose a market scenario like a trending market and can analysis several charts which can make you accustom in the different trading environments.
  • FRED Economic Data: – This app which is downloaded from app stores for free is available on iPhone, iPad and Android. It is very useful for those customers who are unaware of Federal Reserve Economic Data.
  • Chaikin Power Tools: – This app is available on iPhone for trading and market watching. Marc Chaikin, a stock market expert, developed this app which aims at providing all the necessary financial information needed by an investor for buying and selling of stocks. Both stock as well as options trading is supported on this app with relevant real time alerts of various news stories.
  • ABUKAI Expenses: – ABUKAI is a great app which helps you to track and manage all your expenses for a financial venture. This app can be downloaded from Android market, Apple’s app store and Blackberry’s AppWorld.
  • PageOnce Money & Bills: – PageOnce, another famous app, provides finance services to the investors on mobile. According to market trends the demand for this app has increased by 300% in the last one year. It helps you to manage your finance account on your phone in one location by delivering a complete overview of cash, investment, due payment and credit card transactions.
  • WikInvest Portfolio Manager: – This app is available on a number of platforms like iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 and can be downloaded for free from various app stores. By using this app you can pull your account related information from anywhere and can manage your portfolio’s performance with time.
  • CNBC Real-Time: – This app can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad and Android for free. This app make you visualize the real-time data and provide you with live quotes for future market.
  • uValue: – Aswath Damodaran, stern valuation guru, designed this app for valuation modeling on iPad.

This represents a very short list of apps. There are many more available in the market which you can consider to enhance your investment options.

What Are the Most Commonly Missed Tax Deductions?

Every April, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and other self starters anticipate that dreaded day of filling out those familiar W-2 and 1099 workbooks. While some look forward to receiving a refund, many lack the necessary education to help them maximize their tax earnings. The following are some tax deductions that are commonly overlooked by all types of taxpayers.

Whether owning a small business or large company, keeping tight records of all business transactions is the key to a worry-free tax season. This includes keeping track of all receipts related to the business. Lunch expenses can be an acceptable write-off if it is purchased as it relates to business. If using a car to carry out business related tasks, then expenses used for the car can be deducted at the end of the year. This includes gas mileage and any other necessities to keep the car in good condition while conducting business. Oil and tire changes, tune-ups, and any other cost related to car maintenance are examples of deductions that suit independent contractor delivery jobs or sales jobs that require a great deal of independent travel.

Materials that are needed to produce sellable goods can also be deducted. This benefits artists and craftsmen who make their living selling their art and crafts. For example, if an artist sells their work for $200 and their materials needed to produce it costs $40, then the artist can write that off come tax time as long as he or she keeps all of their receipts. These are all considered business expenses that ideally should not cut into the entrepreneur’s individual profit margin.

If a business needed to close down and thus resulted in a loss of income, then the business owner can report that as a loss on their tax forms. Each individual taxpayer needs to pay attention to what amount of profit loss constitutes a “loss” because each state may have different laws regarding these specifics.

Other forms of deductions that often go unnoticed are sometimes not so obvious. Most people may not know that charitable contributions made to organizations can also be deducted. This may include foundations such as Muscular Dystrophy or non-profit agencies.

Many homeowners reap the benefits of paying those monthly mortgage payments around tax season, but renters may not know that they might benefit as well. As long as he or she is the head of household and it’s their primary residence, some states will allow them to deduct rent from their taxable income. When filing Federal tax returns, the residence must be used for a business purpose in order to qualify for deductions.

Whether a business owner or average Joe trying to make an honest living, tax deductions are not always the most obvious. By identifying commonly overlooked deductions, taxpayers can now be a little more cautious this tax season. Hopefully, this article is helpful in helping the average taxpayer determine what an appropriate deduction is and which is applicable in their individual situation.

How Do I Get Credit

For the average job-holding, nine-to-five adult, the biggest question when it comes to credit is “Is mine good or bad?” But for many college students, the more pressing question is “Where do I even start?”

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The scene: Jason, a fresh-faced recent college graduate gets a new job and decides he probably will need a car to get to work. He finds an affordable, reliable vehicle but has to finance it because he does not have enough money saved to pay for it outright.

The problem: He’s rejected for financing not because he has bad credit, but because he has no credit.

This scenario plays out all too often for college students and many other young people taking their first few wobbly steps to financial independence, but there are several ways to prevent it.

Step 1: Know Where You Stand

Just because Jason had no credit doesn’t mean that every college student is stuck in the same conundrum. Many students may be making credit histories without even knowing it.

Ever had a student loan? The many college graduates drowning in student loan debt might have more credit to their names then the lucky few who graduate debt free. Basically, anything that requires monthly payments could build credit. Think back to loans, gym memberships, rent checks, and the like.

Everyone is granted one free credit report per year. Take advantage of this service by using a reputable credit-reporting bureau, such as Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion.

Step 2: Get a Credit Card

This part can be tricky. The credit conundrum can prevent people like Jason from getting credit cards simply because they have no credit. So how are they ever supposed to build their credit?

Most banks offer secured lines of credit to their customers. This means that account funds are used as collateral should credit holders fail to make payments.

Store credit cards often have more lenient requirements and lower credit limits, so they are also a good first step to establishing credit—as long as they’re handled responsibly!

Step 3: Take No-Interest Offers in Stores

Ever seen the “same as cash for 90 days” in-store offers on big-ticket items? It’s easy for them to sound like scams, but they’re not. Just be sure that you have the right amount of money, and sign up. This is, in essence a loan, and, if you make good, regular payments, it’s a no-extra-cost way to establish some credit.

Many of these offers have time limits set before you will have to start paying interest, so be sure to read the fine print with any of these offers to avoid getting in over your head.

How to Spend Less Than $5,000 On a Wedding

When planning a wedding and finally tying the knot, it is important to not let budgets and imaginations run wild. Every bride and groom wants to make sure that day is perfect and is one to always remember, but no one wants to end up with wedding debt. Now with more and more parents not footing the bill, it’s on the young 20-something couple to take it on. And with the average price of a wedding in 2012 eclipsing $25,000, we thought it was time to take a step back and look at how you can plan an amazing wedding day without spending more than $5,000.

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When trying to save money on a wedding there are some key costs to consider: the venue, the guests, the invitations, the outfit, the food, and the cake.

The Venue

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The most important rule of real estate is always LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! The same can be said of weddings. Everyone has dreams of being married in that white pristine chapel on a perfect sunny day. Or of being married in a giant marble estate. But with costs of renting venues starting already in the $10,000 range, why not opt instead to be married on a beach, or a botanical garden, or even under the stars in a field? It is easy to find great places near you that are beautiful and can even make your wedding more unique than any other. By simply getting a park permit or even just asking permission, you drop the cost of your venue from the $10,000′s+ to $1,000 or less.

The Guests

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A really easy way to keep costs low is to limit the total number of guests you invite. With most venues charging a “per plate” catering fee, the smaller the party size the less you pay. This is a case where size does matter. An easy way to limit guests is to start small with the bare minimum of who you need to invite (i.e. immediate family and just three close friends for the bride and groom). From there the total number of guests can spiral out of control as people bring friends and family into the mix. A good rule of thumb is if they didn’t wish you a happy birthday or a merry Christmas for the past two years then they aren’t close enough to wish you happy anniversary either. Big lesson here is to start small. You can always add more guests but you can’t uninvite them no matter how much you hate your new mother-in-law. By cutting the total party size down from 100 guests to a more manageable 50 or from 200 guests to 100 you easily and quickly cut your wedding costs in half.

The Invitations

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One of the most unexpected expenses is the wedding invitations themselves. Ranging in price from $5 to even $10 an invite the more guests you have, the quicker the costs rise. Consider sending out and making the invitations yourself! This allows you to save money and gives you and your beau some time to reconsider everyone you are inviting to your wedding. If you can’t spend two minutes writing them a personal card then why would you want to spend two hours with them on your special day? By doing the invitations yourself you can drop the cost of them from $1,000 for 50 or a 100 invitations to just $100!

The Outfit

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A gown by Monique Lhuillier or Vera Wang is what every girl dreams of, but who want’s to spend $5,000 + on a dress you are only ever going to wear once? It will cost you more than month of rent! Why not look for a slightly more nontraditional dress in the $1,000 price range that lets you be unique and still look fabulous on your wedding day. For the grooms it is still ideal to just rent your tux since this allows you to customize it and get the perfect fit so you look great in the wedding photos you show your grand kids one day. Easily drop your wedding clothing cost from $10,000 to under $2,000.

The Food

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The food and drink at a wedding can really make or break the whole event. By opting out of fancy run of the mill caterers who charge high price per plate rates (up to $100+ a plate!) you can instead order food from your favorite restaurant and make a really special and memorable meal of all your favorite dishes. Perhaps you and your special one had a great first date at Sophie’s Cuban, or love Calexico! Why not hire them to come cater your big deal? You will save a bundle and have people go home feeling full and enjoying a unique and special meal. Of course the other big expense is alcohol. Consider a place that is BYOB and lets you bring in the drinks of your choice. This way you can avoid the markup they will charge you at the venue and the best part is you get to keep the leftovers! Save a bundle by hiring out your favorite restaurant to cater the big day and by bringing in your favorite drinks for your guests to enjoy!

The Cake

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Aside from the rings and ceremony itself one of the most important parts of a wedding is the cake, and as such it is also quite expensive. Wedding cakes can range from $500 to $1,000, and for something that you normally just get a bite of, that doesn’t sound like a great deal unless it’s a cake made of gold! A really easy solution is to buy the smallest size wedding cake to make sure you have one there and have some of it to save for your one year anniversary. For the rest of the guests go to your favorite baker and buy your favorite normal cake for them. This way your guests get something yummy, you still get your special cake on your special day, and you also save a bundle. By doing this you can easily save hundreds of dollars from your wedding day costs.

I hope that these tips help you in planning out your special day. Remember, just because you’re saving money doesn’t mean it is cheap or not right. You can create a unique and amazing wedding all while saving a bundle! Let us know if you found these tips helpful or have some suggestions of your own in the comments section below!

 

How to Find the Value of a Savings Bond

Savings bonds were first created to finance World War 1. Originally called liberty bonds, they are now sold as series EE and Series I savings bonds. Financial institutions stopped selling paper based savings bonds on January 1st, 2012.

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Series EE

Series EE bonds reach maturity after 20 years from the date of issue. They are usually liquidated at twice the face value and make for great investment vehicles. They can however continue to earn interest for a total of 30 years. The interest on Series EE bonds is calculated monthly and is paid when the holder cashes the bond. For bonds that were issued before May 2005, the rate of interest is usually computed after six months and is calculated at 90% of the average 5 year treasury yield set from the preceding six months.

For bonds that were issued after May 2005, pay a fixed interest rate of 0.20%, based on the life of the bond. At the rate of .20%, a bond that costs $100 at face value would be worth $105 just before 20 years and would be adjusted to $200 at exactly 20 years, giving it an effective rate of 3.5%. The bond would then continue to earn the fixed interest rate for another 10 years after maturity.

Within 10 years, the interest rate for new bonds in 2009 dropped by over 5% to settle at 0.7% for new bonds.

EE paper bonds were issued with a face value of double their purchase price. A $100 bond could be bought for $50 but would be worth $100 at maturity.

Series I Bonds

On the other hand, Series I binds have a variable interest rate that is based on the rate of inflation. Series I binds have a variable yield based on Inflation and is based on two components. The first is usually a fixed rate that remains constant during the lifetime of the bond. The second part of the bond is usually reset every six months through the lifetime of the bond to take into account the current inflation rate.

The new rates are usually published very 1st of May and 1st of November of every year. The fixed rate which is usually determined by the Treasury department remains at 0% from 1st of November 2012. The variable interest rate for the Series I bonds is usually calculated based on the consumer price index or CPU-I.

Tips on Saving Money

Saving money can be much simpler than you think. If you are planning to save more money this year, here are some guides and tips for you to follow. You do not have to follow each one of these tips to the letter, instead treat them just as guides to help you to save extra money on your day to day purchases. You will be surprised at the amount of money you can save just by making a few small changes. Here are some of the best tips on saving money.

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MAKE YOUR OWN COFFEE

Everyone is regularly buying coffee at restaurants nowadays. It would actually save you more money if you skip your latte or macchiato from your favorite restaurant and make it instead. This tip does not mean that you have to entirely stop drinking coffee or totally remove coffee in your life. Instead, just go to your kitchen and make your own coffee. Many of your favorite coffee houses also sell their unique blends and machines to make coffee in your own home so that you can duplicate their results in your kitchen. This can be more cost effective over a year than purchasing an expensive cup of coffee every day.

HAVE YOUR CHECKLIST WHILE SHOPPING

Keep a mantra as you are shopping. Stop the impulsive buying. Some people are experiencing the hardest time when they are in a mall or a supermarket and they are being tempted to buy something that they really want but do not need. If you shop without a checklist, there are tendencies that you are going to buy some things that you do not actually need. What’s worse is, you might forget the things that you have to buy and become lured in with the things that look more exciting to purchase than necessities. This is how you can start losing money quickly.

Additionally, with a checklist, you will only buy all the things that you need to buy in just one trip to the department store or grocery store, instead of having to go back for forgotten items.

DON’T BUY BOOKS. BORROW.

If you like reading, skip buying the books that you like reading and instead go to the nearest library and locate a book that might be of interest to you. It is always free to go to the library and borrow some books. Why would you buy a book when you can have it for free? If you know someone with a collection of books you can also offer trades or swaps for your own collection so that you can both enjoy reading new books without having to buy them.

BRING YOUR OWN WATER

Drinking water is good for our body, but you do not have to buy bottled water every now and then just to quench your thirst. Instead, bring your own bottled water in your office or whenever you go out. When you bring your own water, you will not only save your money, you will also be saved from thirst when you are working or out shopping.

CONTROL YOUR USE OF ELECTRICITY

When you are not using appliances like your televisions, radios, microwaves, etc. it is best that you completely unplug them, rather than simply just turn them off. An appliance still uses your electricity for some small processes as long as it is plugged in.

AVOID BEING WITH FRIENDS WHO IMPULSE SHOP

If you have friends who regularly impulse shop and invite you to come with them to lavish restaurants and more it is important to remember, you are saving your money for necessities. Hanging with people who have lavish lifestyles may make you spend more than your means.
Remember; these are just mere guides for you to save your money. Just pick one of these tips that suits you best. If you can use these tips to save money, you can help to plan for a healthier retirement as well as have savings in case emergencies may arise.

TurboTax Review

With tax season upon us confusion and questions reign about what to do and how to do it. What does e-filing mean? What is a W4? When do I need to do this by and when is my refund showing up? As well if you are like me it is time to stop asking dad or the family accountant to do it for you. It really is that sad last stage of knowing you are a grown up. But it doesn’t really have to be sad since with taxes come tax refunds and you may be owed back a substantial chunk of change. The question becomes which tax software or tool is best for me. The most popular and used choice is TurboTax, with its easy to use interface and low price point it is an obvious choice for many people.

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To use TurboTax simply go to Turbotax.com. TurboTax is made by Intuit the same company which also owns Mint.com so they are known for easy to ease and solid finance products.

You can start your tax return on TurboTax for free. But if you want added features and options it will cost you. Due to a glitch in their system there is no way to “downgrade from an option” once it has been selected so we recommend starting with the cheapest “Free Edition” to begin with. They also have a Deluxe edition for $29.99 a Premier edition for $49.99 and a Home & Business edition for $74.99.

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That one penny off really makes all of the options are bargain but we would say that the Deluxe option is really all that most of you will need.

After you hit start the interface is very straightforward simply copy over the information from your prior received W4’s and 1099’s and you are good to go. The software as you go pretends to do some voodoo and magically eek you out the biggest return possible but it is all rather normal math functions to determine your actual return. Heck if you wanted to you could do this all yourself just the e-filing features that TurboTax offer allows for it to really save you time and convenience.

We were honestly curious if the return was different between the same person filing with the Basic Free version and the Deluxe edition. We actually had mixed results. On one of our tests the results were the same but on the case where the individual had moved to NYC and had only lived there for half the year the Deluxe option actually gave them a giant return.

In the case above the Basic edition had pegged the individual for owing an additional $500 in city taxes but in reality the user hadn’t lived in the city for the full year so they were actually owed a $500 a refund. This led to a NET $1,000 difference in tax outcome for this user when testing out the two products. The Deluxe version with it’s more thorough questioning was able to pick up on this while the basic version had overlooked it. For this reason we do recommend the Deluxe edition.

After completing all the form inputting it should only take about 10 minutes. The software does one last check and you are ready to e-file. You will most likely be charged a fee for filing your state return some where in the $20 to $30 range, but your federal taxes will be filed for free. The total cost for you will be in the realm of $50 and total time from start to finish should only be about 30 minutes, you can even finish it in 10 minutes or less. Doing your taxes has never been easier. Also be sure to save your TurboTax account so you can just use it again for next year and save even more time.

Tips for a First Time Home Buyer

Purchasing your own home is a big life decision, and should never be taken lightly. This is an experience that can be nail-biting and stimulating all at the same time. With that being said, you should always look into a few things before actually deciding to make the plunge. Here are some tips for first time home buyers to create a learning curve and smooth the overall process of buying your first home:
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1. Examine Your Debt (And Pay It Off!) – Ask any homeowner and most of them will tell you that they spent time saving money to make a down payment on a home rather than paying off debts, which are now causing them to struggle to make their monthly mortgage payment. You don’t want this to be you. So, instead of saving money for the down payment, pay off your debts. At the very least, pay them down significantly, so they won’t be such a burden once you do purchase that new house of yours.

2. Determine What You Can Afford – You need to have a long, hard look at your finances before making any significant purchase, such as a home. You need to also see how much you can borrow from the bank for such a purchase. In addition, you need to determine how much you realistically save for a down payment. When figuring up your down payment, make sure that you’ll have enough left over to cover any closing costs that may be necessary on your part. Keep in mind that your home insurance, mortgage payment and home taxes should not exceed 30% of your home’s gross income.

3. Examine Your Credit Report – It is important that before you purchase a house that you fully examine your credit report to find any discrepancies and have them taken care of immediately. Discrepancies can hurt your credit a little or a lot and it is a chance you aren’t willing to take when you start searching for your dream home.

4. Bad Credit? – Not everyone has perfect credit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a home. There are programs set into place to help those in such a predicament in their lives. These are government insured loans that are provided by the FHA, Federal Housing Administration. With an FHA loan, you may only have to put down around 3.5 percent, which is great for lower income families; however, more and more individuals are being required to put down 10 percent, especially with a credit score lower than 580.

5. Consider Foreclosures – As a general rule, there is nothing at all wrong with a foreclosure. It is simply a home that someone was unable to continue making payments on and the bank took it as their collateral. You can usually purchase these at a discounted rate, but you must act fast! Plus, you might want to make sure your real estate broker specializes in foreclosures, as it will make the process a lot easier.

6. Tax Credit – Be sure to claim that tax credit on next year’s tax return!

Now that you know a little bit about it, start planning and searching for your new home. Don’t expect to come across your dream home on the first day of home searching. It will likely take time, but after all, time is something you have, as you don’t want to rush into anything. Happy home searching!