5 ways to Stay out of Debt in Your 20’s

5 ways to Stay out of Debt in Your 20’s
July 22 06:36 2019 Print This Article

Most people transition from dependent to independent in their late teens or early 20’s. When the time comes, you will have to be financially independent regardless of whether you are moving out of your parent’s house or going to college.

Nevertheless, balancing rent, groceries and bills and other expenses can be challenging, and many adults find themselves in debt that can take years to be paid off.

Do you want a stress and debt free life?

The following are simple, effective ways to reduce your debt:

Avoid credit cards

Having a credit card increases your chances of having debts. Paying off credit card debts takes a lot of energy, sacrifice and time. Use your credit card responsibly if you have to have one.

Consider the following tips to stay out of credit card debt:

  • Emergency fund- Emergencies come unannounced. An emergency fund will provide you with cash in case an emergency arises. Set aside money each month to put into an emergency fund, a separate bank account for this purpose is a good idea.
  • Only spend what you can afford. People often get themselves in debt with a credit card to sponsor a lifestyle they cannot afford. Avoid buying items you do not have the cash for.
  • Credit card payments. Be sure to pay your credit card payments every month to avoid late fee charges.

Increase your income

Paying off your debts will become easy with an increased income. To increase your income, you might be forced to work overtime or even get a second job.

Be ready to go above and beyond to increase your income; even if it means odd jobs such as babysitting.

Most people feel the need to splurge any windfall money. Refrain from this if you have debts. Use that money to settle some of your debts. You will feel better in the long run.

Debt counselling service

It is wise to turn to professionals when your debts become overwhelming. Many people slowly accumulate debts, and before they know it, they owe so much they do not know where to start to repay them.

Debt counselling is a good option to try and avoid bankruptcy. Seek counselling from a professional financial planner before you consider bankruptcy as an option.

A reliable debt counsellor will give you advice on how to get out of your financial situation. Additionally, financial counselling is a requirement before one is declared bankruptcy.

Reduce your expenses

 

Saving can be tough if you spend your money aimlessly without a budget. Most people do not save because they spend too much on unnecessary things.

Reducing expenses is not as easy as it sounds. This is because you have to figure out where you are overspending, which might not be the easiest thing to do.

However, the following ways will help you control your cash outflow with a focus on your long-term financial goals:

  • Use a budget to keep track of your spending
  • Set aside all your debit and credit cards, and adopt a cash-only system
  • Delay any non-essential purchases by at least twenty-four hours to avoid mindless spending and having buyers remorse

Avoid interest-free credits

 

Just because something is advertised as credit-free does not mean that they are giving you free money. These kinds of offers are deliberately set up to encourage reckless spending.

Credit free offers will only lasts for a few months before you are saddled with huge interest rates, leaving you with a heap of debt. The creditors have a well-planned strategy to get you in debt and keep you there for as long as possible. Do not be a victim.

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