5 Pieces of Dumb Financial Advice That Most People Believe
When it comes to money advice, everyone wants to throw in their two cents.
Oh, you should definitely buy and not rent. Stay away from credit cards; they’re evil. Why are you so worried about your credit score? It doesn’t matter.
There’s a lot of — quite frankly — dumb financial advice floating around out there, and it can be hard to figure out what’s up and what’s down.
Well, we’re here to set the record straight. Here’s some of the dumbest money advice out there — and what you should do instead.
Dumb Advice #1: You Should Get 3 Auto Insurance Quotes
Sure, this sounds like good advice. Here’s why it’s wrong: Comparing only three companies isn’t nearly enough. We suggest comparing 175. But who has time for that?
A website called EverQuote will show you all your options at once.
EverQuote is the largest online marketplace for insurance in the US, so you’ll get the top options from more than 175 different carriers handed right to you.
Take a couple of minutes to answer some questions about yourself and your driving record. With this information, EverQuote will be able to give you the top recommendations for car insurance.
In just a few minutes, you could save up to $610 a year.
Dumb Advice #2: Playing Games on Your Phone is a Waste of Time
People love to preach about hustling — how if you dare to enjoy even a minute of your free time, you’re somehow lazy. We totally disagree.
In fact, there’s a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play Solitaire on your phone for real money — up to $83 per win.
You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. This is definitely one of those spammy apps, right?
Wrong. There really isn’t a catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.
With each game, you’ll battle it out against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same deck, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the deck fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.
Over on the App Store, it has over a million downloads and more than 15,000 ratings, averaging 4.7 stars (out of 5).
To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.
Dumb Advice 3: You Have to Pay Your Credit Card Bill Every Month
How could that be bad advice? Of course you have to pay your credit card bill every month, right?
Well, not exactly. A website called Fiona could help you pay off your entire bill as soon as tomorrow. Yep. No credit card payment this month.
Here’s how it works: Fiona can match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every credit card balance you have. The benefit? You’re left with just one bill to pay every month, and because the interest rate is so much lower, you can get out of debt so much faster.
If your credit score is at least 620, Fiona can help you borrow up to $250,000 (no collateral needed) with fixed rates starting at 2.49% and terms from 6 to 144 months.
Fiona won’t make you stand in line or call a bank. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could save you thousands of dollars. Totally worth it.
All that credit card debt — and the anxiety that comes with it — could be gone by tomorrow.
Dumb Advice #4: You Can’t Quickly Add 300 Points to Your Credit Score
People have all sorts of thoughts on how to game your credit score. But the truth is, it doesn’t need to be that complicated.
A website called Credit Sesame makes it easy to check your score for free, and it will even give you personalized tips for improving it. It might even be as simple as finding a mistake on your report that’s bringing your score down — one in five reports have an error.
Credit Sesame helps you detect any errors — for free. Salome Buitureria, a working mom in Louisiana, found a major error on her report this way. Using Credit Sesame, she was able to fix the mistake and take additional steps to raise her credit score from 524 to nearly 700.
Now she and her husband feel like they’re in a better position for their biggest goal — purchasing a house.
It only takes about 90 seconds to sign up and see how you can raise your score.
Dumb Advice #5: You Need to Get a Second Job to Make Extra Money
Money is tight for everyone these days. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, the common advice you’ll hear is to take on another job.
Yeah right. Who has time for that? Here’s some better advice: Get paid up to $225 a month just to go down a rabbit hole on your phone.
When you open a free account with InboxDollars, they’ll show you short video clips to choose from every day, then pay you to answer a few questions about them.
You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month. This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $60 million.
It takes about one minute to sign up and start getting paid for your nightly zone-out.