It’s a familiar — and frustrating — experience: Planning a trip and checking airfares every few days, waiting for the perfect price to appear. Finding the opportune moment to buy is no easy feat.
Plane ticket costs fluctuate constantly. In fact, during the typical 11-month period a flight is listed, the price changes every four and a half days on average, according to CheapAir.com’s annual airfare study.
Sometimes the dark side is too strong to resist, urging you to splurge on that second, even more perfect pair of brown boots or upgrade to a more stylish pair of wireless headphones. But the fleeting satisfaction you get from succumbing to these seductive I-didn’t-know-I-needed-it-until-just-now purchases can fade to a sense of financial failure when you get your credit card statement.
The fall decorations—pumpkins and haystacks and scarecrows—are just making their way onto porches, but you know what that means? The December holiday season is just weeks away. Time to decorate, shop, bake, party, shop, dress up, shop. It’s easy to be swept into the very expensive winter months, but poor holiday planning can result in a very painful and expensive January.
Your credit scores take a hit if you fall behind on payments to a creditor, and again if an account is sent to the creditor’s collection department or sold to a third-party collector. You may be able to repair some damage to your scores by resolving a collections account on your credit reports.
Andrew Olsen currently lives with his roommates in financial harmony, but things haven’t always been so pleasant.
Olsen, a communications professional in Portland, Oregon, used to run into “bad seeds who would coast off of our goodwill.” Some former roommates failed to cover their share of house expenses, he says, forcing him to pay extra.
Raising kids today is expensive! Between funding the basics, childcare, saving for college, extracurricular activities, birthday party gifts and beyond, some parents might question if they need to dole out an allowance, too.