It may have seemed impossible at times, but you’ve finally done it – you’re debt free! There’s a lot of advice out there about how to get to this point. You’ve budgeted, you’ve actually stuck to your budget, and you’ve cut back on things you thought you couldn’t go without. Now that you’ve achieved your goal and are finally debt free, what’s next?
Helping you grow and improve your financial game – that’s our focus at Debitize. That’s why we’re super excited to announce two big steps forward today:
- The release of Debitize 2.0, our new and improved iOS app – on Product Hunt today!
- Our acquisition of Debx
Debitize iOS App: Version 2.0
As many of you have already experienced, Debitize 2.0 gives you more info and control, right on your phone. The new dashboard shows how much cash you have available (after covering your credit card purchases, of course!). Now, it also shows which of your credit card transactions have already been “Debitized”.
You have access to your key settings, and can easily manage Credit Optimizer, Debitize’s weekly bill payment service, right on the app! Taking control of your credit cards has never been easier.
Debitize on Product Hunt!
We’re also launching our app on Product Hunt today! Please check us out on Product Hunt and join the conversation. Debitize is hoping to reach the top 5 products on Product Hunt today, so take a look and share your Debitize experience to help us reach our goal!
Next up – our acquisition of Debx. We’re thrilled to welcome Debx users to our platform! We’ll be working with our new adviser, Debx CEO Ben Psillas, to keep improving Debitize’s service.
At Debitize, we plan to use the momentum to keep helping you crush your credit card goals, improve your credit scores, and cash in on more rewards! Want to help us get there? First, keep doing what you’re doing – using Debitize, and referring your friends and family.
Next, check us out on Product Hunt! If we can hit our goal of reaching the top 5 products today, Debitize will be included in the site’s daily email. This gives more people the chance to join you all in the Debitize community!
We’re excited about this opportunity to keep growing the Debitize community – hope to see you all over on Product Hunt today!
Over 60% of Americans aren’t sure what a credit score is. Only about 30% of Americans check their credit score more than once a year, and most people aren’t sure how a credit score is calculated or what they should do to improve it. With all of the conflicting advice and information out there about credit scores, it can be hard to know for sure – does credit score matter?
Now that you’ve mastered how to approach spending and some key basics and terms, it’s time to make your first credit card payment. There are tons of “right” ways to pay your bills, but there are also a few ways of paying your card that you’ll want to be sure to avoid. We’re here to make sure you avoid those pitfalls and keep stepping up your financial game.
Week 7 is all about increasing your income.
- Sell, Sell, Sell
Your extra stuff – Ebay, Craigslist, Pawn Shops, Facebook – there are lots of ways to get cash for the things you don’t want or use. Feeling extra creative? Sell your wares on sites like etsy.com. Have too many clothes, check out poshmark.com.
- Drive for Uber or Lyft
Work when you want, whenever you want. Some weeks you can make an extra $500 just by signing up.
- Have a spare room?
AirBnB is your best friend.
- Get a part-time job
You can kiss your social life goodbye, but it’s certainly a more guaranteed additional stream of income. Websites like Fivver and Upwork allow you to offer skills on a freelance basis.
- Puppy walking
Pretty much anyone can walk dogs – good for you, good for them, puppies and cash? It’s the perfect side hustle, now get busy making that flyer so you can make some extra $$!
When you get your first credit card, it feels a little bit like free money. You get to go shopping (even if it’s just for groceries!) without seeing the money fly out your checking account. While this feels fun in the moment, unfortunately you do still have to pay for this stuff later. Especially with your first credit card, you’ll have a smaller credit limit, so it probably won’t take too many grocery trips or gas tank fill-ups to bring you close to your credit limit. Following these tips for your first credit card will help you stay financially responsible without being too nervous to actually use your new card.
Week 6, people – time to Turbocharge your Debitize Summer Debt Workout.
6 areas to look at cutting your spending. This can have you powering through your debt.
1. Daily Coffee, Tea, Boba?
Save $4 a day, $28 per week or $112 per month.
2. Recurring Payments
Check your credit card statement, what are you automatically paying for, music, the gym, audible, long forgotten business app?
With Netflix, Hulu and all the other streaming options do you really need this?
4. Eating out
$10 for lunch, $50 per week, $200 per month – perhaps PB&J for a couple of months will taste really good washed down with a side of financial freedom?
Call your insurance company or spend a couple of hours shopping around, it can be totally worth your time to reduce your monthly spend.
6. Personal grooming
Instead of having your hair cut and styled weekly, cut back to every other week. If you have your nails done twice a month, cut back to monthly, or have manicure parties where you do it at home with your friends instead. If you buy expensive shampoos, look at lower-cost options.
Getting approved for your first credit card is exciting! You’ve taken a big step towards building good credit. You’ve probably heard about credit card rewards, and are hoping to start earning those, too.
After the excitement wears off, you’ll probably have tons of questions- like, when exactly do I pay my cards? How much do I have to pay? How will I know if I’ve paid enough, or if my credit score is getting better?
You don’t have to do this on your own. Here are some of our favorite money management apps and blogs to help you;
- Debitize (duh)- Super charge your credit cards but automating payments
- Wally – Track your expenses
- TrueBill– manage your subscriptions and lower your bills
Get Rich Slowly – Personal finance that makes cents (sic!)
If you’re ready to be done with summer heat and sunburns, you’re probably thrilled that September is just around the corner. There’s plenty to look forward to this fall, but it’s not all football and foliage. It’s also time for back to school shopping, when buying a few new notebooks and backpacks can really add up. Want to keep the back to school scaries at bay? Check out our back to school ideas that will help you start the year off on the right foot without breaking the bank.