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3 Scary Stories to Teach Money Management


on 10/17/2016

Girls reading scary book

It’s that time of year again! The nights get longer. Haunting winds rattle shutters and swaying trees cast spooky shadows in the moonlight. It’s time to tell ghost stories!

Let’s see what three of the most popular ghost stories can show us about financial responsibility for a spook-tacular Halloween!

1. The Ghost in the Attic

The Story

It starts a little differently each time. Maybe there’s a bump in the night. A squeaky floorboard creaks and groans even when no one is walking near it.  The cabinets open and close by themselves. Loud noises come from nowhere in the middle of the night. Everyone is terrified and no one can sleep.  This house has a dark history and is haunted!


The Financial Reality

If your house has creaking floorboards, or your heating and cooling system goes bump in the night, you might be headed for a far more serious problem than ghosts. Unexplained noises in the house could be signs of serious structural problems.

  • Knocks in the walls can be a plumbing issue about to break loose.
  • Uneven construction can make cabinets open by themselves
  • Doors slam uncontrollably when the wall and framing isn’t perfect

Like in the story, many of these problems come out of your house’s history. It might have been built on an old mine site or just built in a hurry.  Left untreated, these little problems can create big trouble. Squeaky floorboards can break, pipes can rupture, and foundation problems can ruin your home.

Consider getting out in front of these problems. You can use a home equity loan to repair your foundation, fix structural problems in your home, and perform other necessary upgrades. Don’t let the shadow of uncertainty ruin your ghoulish good time!

 

2. Vampire Infestation

The Story

Up a winding mountain pass deep in the Transylvanian high country sits an ancient mansion. The simple folk who live in the valley will not go near it, nor will they even speak a word about it, for fear of attracting the dark attention of the master of the house.

The man is never seen and the house might be assumed empty if it were not for the ominous cackling that echoes through the farms and pastures that surround the mountain.  Travelers who arrive at the village scoff at the tale of Dracula’s Mansion, but those who journey up to it are never seen again.


The Financial Reality

While you don’t have any vampires in your life (probably), you do have something you never see that’s sucking the life out of your financial success.  Outstanding debt is a seldom-seen figure that casts an ominous shadow over your household finances.

Make no mistake: The beast is feeding on your innocent salary and putting your whole household in its sight. The average household has $17,000 or more in debt and faces an average minimum payment of $423 per month.

If you want to drive a stake through this monster, consider a personal loan for debt consolidation. These loans can repair your credit, lower your monthly payment and
free you from the debt monster. Best of all, you won’t need to deal with the smell of garlic!


3. Zombie Apocalypse

The Story

The streets are quiet. There are no cars or pedestrians. An overcast sky casts flickering shadows on the desolate streets. The ordinary noises of a city are starkly absent. The only clearly audible sound is the slow chomping of the walking dead.

Cowering in basements and perched on rooftops, human survivors band together. Their goal is simple: stay alive for one more day. Long past the point where rescue helicopters stop flying, these brave souls will go their own way and resist being part of the zombie horde.


The Financial Reality

Zombies are a cautionary example of what happens to us when we consume just for the sake of consumption. A zombie is a sad creature who lacks the capacity to plan or see further than the next meal. We’ve all been there – splurging on a candy bar in the checkout lane, not because we were hungry, but because we wanted it and it was there.

The best way to zombie-proof yourself is to make a realistic budget and stick to it. Make a plan for your income that includes opening a savings account and investing. Be sure to include space for planned indulgences – like discount Halloween candy on Nov. 1.

 

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SOURCES:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/homeowners-insurance-cover-foundation-repair-63590.html
http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-card-data/average-credit-card-debt-household/
http://www.free-online-calculator-use.com/credit-card-minimum-payment-calculator.html

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