When setting out to eliminating your debts, there are a few tips to follow that are imperative for your success.
Put the cards away – cut them up if you have to – and stop spending
The only way you’re going to eliminate debt is by not incurring new debt. Of course, your life does require expenses, but minimize your expenditures as much as possible and concentrate on putting your money toward the payment of debt you’ve already incurred.
Use Cash or a Debit Card
When you are spending, use cash. Using cash will get you in touch with the actual money you have and eliminate your desire to spend money that you don’t have. If you want to use a card, use a debit card that withdraws money straight from your checking account, without interest.
Log Your Spending Habits
Keep a log of where you are spending your money. Seeing your actual spending habits in your own written word (not a credit card statement) will give you a clear and concise picture of where your money is going. Log your gas, your morning coffee, and every single cent that you spend. Once you have a clear picture, it will be easier for you to recognize what expenses can be reduced or eliminated.
Try a New Approach
There are many ways to cut spending habits that may not sound very glamorous, but may be easier and more beneficial than you imagined. You can shop at wholesale outlets instead of retailers, take a couple hours on Sunday night to make your lunches in bulk for the week, and perhaps you might want to break out the coffee maker instead of stopping at your favorite coffee shop every morning. Remember, you don’t have to make these lifestyle changes forever, just long enough to eliminate your debt. Who knows, you just may enjoy them.
Keep a Budget
Put yourself on a logical and feasible budget and follow it. If you temper your spending habits, you can, and will, eliminate your debts. In the end, you will have more control over your financial situation and be able to eliminate your debt without the need for pricey debt elimination services.