Four Easy Ways to Avoid Interest

Interest can really wreak havoc on your financial position! It’s so easy to end up in constant debt because of interest applied by your financial institutions and other organizations.

 Fortunately for you, it’s fairly easy to avoid interest in most cases, as it essentially relies on your financial decisions and how quickly you make them.


Try these tips to avoid interest in some day-to-day scenarios:


1.      Pay your car loan on time.If you’ve acquired a car loan through a financial institution, there’s bound to be fees for making late payments. In many cases, these fees are added on to your remaining balance and make your monthly payments that much higher. The best way to steer clear of scenarios like this is to pay your car loan on time. 

·      This bit of advice goes for any other loan you could have, including a mortgage.

·         Institutions will always apply fees and charges to delinquent accounts and you do notwant to be in that position.


 2.      Avoid going over the limit on your credit card. Having a credit card could be considered a liability to begin with if you’re unaware of how to properly manage it.

·         It becomes even worse when you end up going over your limit.

·         The fees that the financial institutions add on once you go over your limit are exorbitant and can really push you into debt. At all costs, sidestep those expenses if you want to remain debt free.


3.      Consider automatic deductions. You’re probably like many other people who would prefer to make monthly commitment payments on their own accord as opposed to having automatic deductions from their bank accounts. However, it makes more sense to do automatic deductions because: 

·         You’ll eliminate the possibility of incurring fees and charges from missed or late payments.

·         Automatic deductions ensure that your payments are taken from your account on a set date. As long as you have money in that account to cover the payment, you’re sure to get your payments made on time without late fees or added interest for delinquency.  

4.      Avoid credit; use cash. With credit inevitably comes interest, unless you pay the total due on your account before the first due date. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! If there’s any remote way you can make a purchase or complete a transaction with cash, then by all means take that route as opposed to credit to avoid interest altogether.

Author: Dr. James Hans

Dr. James Hans is a personal finance expert, who has dedicated his life to providing financial education in the areas of personal finance and investing.

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