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Seven smart ways to help you become debt-free!

Seven smart ways to help you become debt-free!

Living on a tight budget can make paying off debt seem insurmountable. However, with the right strategies and determination, you can make significant progress towards becoming debt-free.

Here are seven practical steps to help you manage and eliminate your debt, even when funds are tight!

1. Assess your current financial situation

It’s essential to clearly understand your current financial situation to plan for your future economic progress. Start by creating a detailed list of all your debts, including credit cards, student loans, personal loans, and other financial obligations. Make sure you include the outstanding balance, interest rate, monthly fees or charges, and minimum monthly payment for each debt. Next, track your monthly expenses to understand your spending habits and identify any non-essential items you can reduce or eliminate.

2. Create a budget

Developing a budget and prioritising essentials is crucial to achieve financial stability. At Safe Financial, we cannot stress enough the importance of having a plan for your finances. First, ensure your budget covers necessities such as housing, food, utilities, and transport. Then, allocate the remaining funds towards paying off debt. Prioritise debts with the highest interest rates to save money on interest in the long run.

3. Snowball or avalanche?

There are two popular methods for paying off debt – the snowball and avalanche. The snowball method involves paying off your debts from the smallest to the largest. This approach provides a sense of accomplishment and builds momentum as you eliminate each debt. It can keep you motivated to continue paying off your debts. On the other hand, the avalanche method focuses on paying off debts with the highest interest rates first. Although it may take longer to eliminate the debt, it can save you the most money in the long run.

4. Cut costs or increase income (or both)

If you’re looking to reduce your debt, finding ways to cut your expenses, such as cancelling subscriptions, eating out less, and switching to cheaper alternatives for your regular purchases, is a good idea. On the other hand, consider taking on a part-time job, requesting a raise, or selling items you no longer need. Any extra income can go directly to paying off your debts.

5. Consider a debt assistance program

Consider enrolling in a debt assistance program if you are dealing with multiple debts, particularly those with high interest rates. Safe Debt Management’s Pay-In-One program simplifies debt management and could help you save money. With Pay-In-One, you’ll have a clear start and end date and a consistent repayment schedule. This can make it easier to plan your finances and work towards becoming debt-free.

6. Track your progress

It is important to regularly track your progress in paying off your debts to maintain momentum as they decrease over time. It’s also a good idea to celebrate small victories along the way. Set some milestones and reward yourself as each one is reached. This will keep you motivated and on track towards achieving your goal of becoming debt-free.

7. Prepare for the unexpected

The old saying about expecting the unexpected is very relevant when it comes to managing your finances. That’s why building an emergency fund, even a modest one, is so important. It can help you avoid derailing your debt repayment plans when unforeseen expenses pop up.  An easy way to begin is to arrange to automatically transfer a fixed sum of money into an “emergency” savings account for you every month.

There’s no time like the present!

Paying off debt when you’re on a tight budget requires careful planning and commitment. However, it is achievable if you create and stick to a plan. There’s no better time to start than now. First, assess your financial situation and create a realistic budget. Use some of the strategies we’ve included above to help you get started. Remember, becoming debt-free is a marathon, not a sprint. Focus on your long-term goals and take one step at a time.

Pay-In-One debt assistance

If you’re having trouble paying off multiple creditors and need assistance combining your debts into just ONE regular repayment, Pay-In-One is designed for you. This program is tailored to individuals with debts totalling at least $5,000 to more than one creditor who is having difficulty making payments.

If this describes your situation, arrange a FREE no-obligation assessment with one of our debt specialists today. What have you got to lose except your debts?

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