Crucial Elements to Become Debt-Free
Debt has been known as one of the major problems that families and individuals deal with for a long period of time, consequentially affecting their quality of life or standard of living. The penacae to this is to become debt-free and stay debt-free. But first of it all is becoming debt-free, some crucial element to achieving, which include,
A budget Set a budget and stick to it Most of the time, we do not realize how much we spend. We just know that our money is gone somehow. This is what happens when one doesn’t have a budget or does not stick to a planned budget; not just sticking to it, but strictly. If one does not know where all the money goes, it will definitely become hard to keep track and control over money spent. To avoid this, keep all receipts related to purchases, debit or credit transactions, as well as cash payments. Also, cut down this said budget to contain basic and importance necessities. It definitely won’t do for one to be ‘frivolous’ when a huge debt is hanging around his/her neck. In other words, priotise your needs and spend wisely; learn to forgo when necessary. Although it might not seem easy at first, but trust me, it gets better once you see the huge progress you have made in a short while.
A Re-payment Approach Choose a payment method. This would depend on the type of debt and the degree of debt in comparison with current income. Most people go with the self-pay method, but if it does of work, probably because you cannot seem to get strict on your set budget, there are other methods: the credit counseling where sessions are taken with counselors who would help you identify good ways to spend less; the debt management program which some opt for when other methods do not work due to high interest credit cards; the ladder method which gives priority to high-interest accounts; and the snowball method.
Snow-balling Well, not literarily. Although various payment approaches have been mentioned earlier, the snowball method have been chosen by most, as more efficient due to the psychological gratification it creates. In this case, you do not start with bigger debts in order to get motivated instead of feeling burdened. It is the psychology of achieving something that gives you the motivation to continue in the first place. But again, do not go with paying more than one little debt at a time It might seem like it makes the task easier and faster, but going with one at a time provides more comfort and attention and perhaps reduce the stress of having to feel the burden of “I am paying off my debts!”
Ideological Change This is not at all political. It is just the ideology everybody seem to stick to that you have to go cashless for convenience, and to save this and that Just keep that for later because as someone paying off debt, holdiing a credit card always can be a very big temptation in itself. Just leave home with sufficient cash and let your card rest for some months. This will also reduce acquiring new debts, making promises of later payment, and thus, deflate that already built-up enthusiasm to become debt-free.To control this, try keeping your credit cards out of sight perhaps by always leaving it at home, do not charge anything on it that cannot be paid off immediately.
Habits As it is said, habits over time, becomes part of ones personality. After all the strict procedures and sacrifices to pay-off debts, one would not want to stay ‘debt-free’ for just a short period of time All the strategies, attitudes and habits cultivated during the periods of debt has to be maintained as much