- When shopping for an item like a house or car that you plan to finance, get pre-approval before you make an agreement and shop for competing interest rates.
- Negotiate on total purchase price, not monthly payments.
- Always review the paperwork including the total purchase price of the item you are buying. Don’t sign anything you don’t totally agree with and walk away if you are uncomfortable.
- Borrow based on what your income can afford now, not on income increases you hope for in the future.
- After you have borrowed money, make payments as agreed in order to build and maintain positive credit history.
Financial Suggestions Provided By:
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma – CCCS is a non-profit agency committed to helping people help themselves become financially strong individuals and families through counseling, debt management and education. www.cccsok.org or 405-789-2227 or 800-364-2227
- FINRA Investor Education Foundation - www.saveandinvest.org - Unbiased financial tools and information for military families and all investors from the FINRA Foundation.
- Federal Reserve Credit Card Guide - www.federalreserve.gov/creditcard/default.htm - This site maintained by the Federal Reserve Board provides a basic guide to navigating the credit card process.
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development - www.hud.gov – Information to help make the home buying process easier. Topics include: Affordability, consumer rights, insurance and much more.
- Bankrate.com - www.bankrate.com – Compare mortgage, refinance, insurance and CD rates. Expert analysis of home loan finance topics and trends.
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