Category Archives: Debt
At the root of successful money management lies the ability to save. After all, if you’re not saving your money today, you may very well be setting yourself up for a financial disaster tomorrow. Unfortunately, when it comes to saving money, it’s often easier said than done.
It’s summertime and the living is quite easy indeed. From longer days filled with sunshine to nights spent outside with friends and family, these are the days that most of us relish. In addition to the slower, lazier times summer brings with it is the addition of summer vacations. Done correctly, your vacation can be more about fun times and less about money stress and/or debt.
If you’re planning a vacation this summer, the following list of tips and tricks are the top ways I’ve employed over the years to get the most from my vacation buck.
A recent report revealed that the credit card debt delinquency rate has fallen by over 50% since the financial crisis in the United States first broke out a few years ago. While this is great news, it still leaves a lot of room for improvement, no matter where you live, what you make, or who you are.
If you’re living with credit card debt, you’re living with a burden inflicted by your past that threatens to impact your future. Why not free yourself from the chains of credit card debt and move towards living your life in a sustainable, financially stable way? If you’re currently struggling with any amount of credit card debt, here are a few simple steps to take so you can get on a path to paying it off and keeping those balances zeroed–for good…
Take the Cards out of Commission
This is the simplest step towards cutting out your credit card debt, but it’s often one of the most difficult to follow through with. It takes a steadfast commitment to yourself and your finances to be able to stop racking up credit card debt if that’s the only thing you’ve known how to do. Once you’re set on wanting to rid yourself of credit card debt, the absolute first step is to stop.using.the.cards. Whether it’s cutting them up, putting them in the freezer, enlisting the help of a friend to keep you in check/give you reminders, figure out a way to go cold turkey on your spending.
Face the Music
Once you’ve made the decision to stop racking up further debts, you need to face the reality of your situation. Take your head out of the sand by pulling out all of the statements and creating a list of what’s owed, the interest rates, due dates, etc. I’m a fan of putting this list in a prominent place where you’ll see it daily so you’re reminded of what you need to tackle, but I realize this might be an extreme step for some. Regardless of where you put the list, make sure you keep it up to date as you go along so you’re able to see you progress, too!
Enlist an Army
Some things indeed take a village. Paying off credit card debt can be one of those–you shouldn’t be afraid to lean on family and friends for support as you work your way to that zero balance. As you keep working, friends and family can be a great source of inspiration, can give you reminders when you need them, and they can help you remember the progress you’re making if times get tough (which they most likely will!).
On the flip side, you should also take care to eliminate the pressure of being around people who might not understand your choice to change your habits. If you have any debt enablers, take a few steps back to give yourself the space you need to attack this challenge with strength and clarity.
What steps have you taken to pay off your debts?
Ahh…the emergency fund. There are many reasons why personal finance experts tout this as the first step towards reaching true financial independence. Whether it’s a small fund of $1K or a larger pool of cash that can cover your living expenses for an extended period of time, an emergency fund can mean the difference between coasting through a tough time with your finances in tact or facing financial ruin.
Being in debt is probably one of the most stressful experiences anyone will face. Some people can’t cope with being in any form of debt whatsoever. We all know someone like this who when they owe $10 to a friend or family member, well it literally occupies their mind from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep. It can be tempting to think that these people take things a little too seriously and perhaps they need to chill out a bit but I can tell you one thing, it’s highly unlikely that this type of person will ever find themselves in debt up to their eyeballs, so maybe we could all learn a thing or two about developing a hatred or emotionally negative reaction toward any form of debt.