DEAR MARY: After reading your books and columns for several years, I am ecstatic to report that I am almost debt-free; my credit card debt is history! I can’t thank you enough for your encouraging words and sage counsel.
Now I need to know how to find a low-interest card—preferably a no annual fee type—to use mainly for online purchases, and which will be paid off monthly. I have absolutely no idea how to go about this and would appreciate any information you could provide. Thanks for everything! Sherry
DEAR SHERRY: Congratulations on your amazing progress toward becoming debt-free. I am so very proud of you. This is an almost amazing accomplishment, so keep going and don’t ever give up. You’ll be there soon and what a wonderful debt-free day that will be for you!
As for your question regarding a low-interest card, I would suggest that the interest rate not be your primary consideration. You will never carry a balance on it, so your primary consideration should be that is it has no annual fee. Second, it must have an excellent grace period of at least 21 days. Next it should be either a MasterCard or Visa and last you want to get the lowest interest rate you can. Using a credit-card as a tool, not a weapon with which to do yourself harm, will be a new way of life for you. Expect to face the temptation of allowing a balance to roll over. It will happen. However, I am confident that the hard work you have done and the financial maturity you have achieved will carry you through those moments of temptation, keeping you on the straight and narrow path to financial freedom!
I recommend that you go to IndexCreditCards.com. This is a kind of directory of every credit-card being offered, arranged by category. Plan to spend some time searching for the card that is right for you.
DEAR MARY: Can you tell me which floor cleaning machine you would recommend for tile? Lou
DEAR LOU: Now that I live in a house with some ceramic tile floors, I found myself wondering the same thing. But rather than only tile floor, I wanted to find the best inexpensive power machine to clean hardwood and laminate flooring, too.
About six months ago, following a good deal of research, I purchased the Shark Sonic Hard Floor Cleaner for about $130. For carpet scrubbing I am in love with my Hoover Steam Vac. But in an effort to give the machine a fair trial, I tested that feature as well. Honestly, I am thrilled with this little machine! It is truly remarkable. It is so really lightweight, and easily swivels under counters and around corners. And boy does it scrub! The manufacturer boasts 1,000 scrubs per minute.
My Shark Sonic uses uses 5 cleaning pads designed for the machine that are easy to wash and dry as well as cleaning products in bottles that snap right into the machine. All of these products are highly concentrated, with easy instructions for how to mix with water to fill the tank . After 6 months of active use, I haven’t come close to using up even half of these products. I will have no qualms about using our homemade hard floor cleaner in the refillable dispenser (by now I have and it works super well!).
So my response is that I would highly recommend Shark Sonic machine for your hardwood needs—and all other types of flooring as well.
Hope that helps and no I do not work for the Shark or the Hoover companies—a question I do get from time to time.