Owing a lot of people money that you can’t pay back often leads to depression. Then, once you get depressed, you can’t see your way out of the financial problems and aren’t motivated to find a solution. This in turn makes the problems worse and makes you more depressed. Break the cycle and get empowered again by reading the tips in this article.
Every time, you think about paying with credit or taking out a loan, take the time to calculate what you will ultimately pay for that convenience in the long run. Credit cards typically have interest rates of around 20% while some quick, secured loans can have interest rates that will ultimately cost you two to three times the amount you are getting in the first place. It is far better to go without in the short-term than to cripple yourself financially in the long-term.
Instead of paying full-price for new release books, CD’s and DVD’s, consider applying for a library card at your local public library. You can return these items after you are finished and will pay next to nothing to do so. Libraries are also a great source of free entertainment for families with young children.
Ask credit card companies to lower your rates. If you’ve been paying your bills on time, they should have no problem with this request. Ask politely and calmly, and don’t threaten them or harass the person you are speaking with. If necessary, talk to a manager. This way, you will save money on your credit card bills.
If you feel like the marketplace is unstable, the best thing to do is to say out of it. Taking a risk with the money you worked so hard for in this economy is unnecessary. Wait until you feel like the market is more stable and you won’t be risking everything you have.
A great way to save money is by sharing entertainment items with your friends. Items like CD’s, DVD’s and books, can really add up. You and a friend could switch up, for instance, for one DVD, you can buy it and share it with your friend and then next time, they can buy it and share it with you.
Recycle your old VHS tapes and even plastic bags into yarn! They call it “plarn” and avid craftspeople all over are recycling anything that they can twist around a crochet hook or weave through a loom to make useful water proof items out of one-hundred percent recycled products! What can beat free craft material?
Keep your credit rating high. More and more companies are using your credit rating as a basis for your insurance premiums. If your credit is poor, your premiums will be high, regardless of how safe you or your vehicle are. Insurance companies want to be sure that they will be paid and poor credit makes them wonder.
Triple check your credit card statements the moment you arrive home. Make sure to pay special attention in looking for duplicates of any charges, extra charges you don’t recognize, or simple overcharges. If you spot any unusual charges, contact both your credit card company and the business that charged you immediately.
Do your best to control your emotions. Do not let greed or stress dictate your actions. Always take your time before you make a decision, and if you are not sure, perhaps you should not do it. If you notice that you are getting particularly stressed, you should take a break.
As tempting as it may be to invest in a credit repair program, spend some time online to find one that is free. They are all over the web and many times cover the same steps for credit repair as the ones that you pay for do. Save yourself some money by looking for the ones that are not going to cost you.
As you now know, there’s no reason to get depressed over your finances. Just take a deep breath and follow the tips in this article so that you can turn your financial situation around. Once you start doing something to improve your finances, you’ll start to feel better. Keep working at it, and soon, you will be out of debt altogether.
The Retirement Group educates corporate employees that are transitioning or retiring with ING Retirement.