Avoid Debt Snowball And Get Debt Free in 7 Ways
AVOID DEBT SNOWBALL BY UNDERSTANDING: DEBT RUNS ON AUTO PILOT, BUT SAVINGS MUST BE COMMANDEERED, IF YOU ARE GOING TO ACCUMULATE ASSETS.
1. IF YOU DON’T NEED IT, DON’T BUY IT, HENCE NOW YOU CAN START TO AVOID THE DEBT SNOWBALL
How many clothing items do you have in your closet that you don’t wear?
How many books do you have on your shelf that you haven’t read?
How many utensils or dishes do you have that you haven’t used?
Go through your garage, can you find things you haven’t unwrapped?
How much furniture do you have that you haven’t sat on yet?
If you answered an affirmative to any of these questions, you don’t need to keep buying items in these categories. Also, it would help your budget to get rid of some of the things you don’t need. There are also things you have in your possession but have not used for years, these are things that you can consider getting rid of to pay off bills.
2. COMPARISON SHOP FOR THE BARGAIN ONLINE, BEFORE YOU HIT THE STORES
Internet shopping has revolutionized the way we shop in the past few decades. If you have little time, and are in need of major items, using the internet can save time, gas, and money. You can comparison shop at several single sites for the same item.
There are many internet shopping malls that serve the purpose of comparison shopping and afterward, you can purchase from the same mall. You can also comparison shop with stores in your own area. Using the internet shops first can also tell you if an item is stocked in your local store, so you don’t waste time and gas traveling.
3. IF YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A SHOPPING ADDICTION, STAY OUT OF THE STORES
It takes a little bit of discipline to admit that you may be shopping for the thrill of it. This is when you know you have a shopping addiction and are not in need of most of the things you buy. In this case your money would be better spent on therapy to curve your shopping addiction or doing other healthier and less expensive activities.
4. CONCENTRATE ON PAYING OFF BILLS WITH INCOME OR SAVINGS TO AVOID DEBT SNOWBALL
It sounds a little silly to say you need to pay off bills with income or savings, but some have gotten so heavy into the debt trap that they confuse money with debt consolidation programs – which is just more debt.
Stay away from getting loans to pay off loans, this will help to get your debt snowball under control. Learn more from my eBook, Live Rich Save Money! 68 Powerful Ways to Save Money, Now and Forever.
5. DON’T USE DEBT TO PAY OFF DEBT, THAT’S CALLED DEBT REPLACEMENT AND INCREASES DEBT SNOWBALL
I said it before, save up some money or budget money from income, no matter how small, and use that to pay off your debt. Most of us have to have some debt, but it should be in line with our income at a minimum. Much of the debt we carry is emotionally burdensome and unnecessary. You can get out of debt forever if you understand this.
6. HANDS OFF YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT, IT’S FOR YOUR RETIREMENT
When retirement age rolls around some workers have to wait 2 years, some 5, and others 10 or more years to retire because they used the undisciplined approach of spending retirement dollars before retirement time. Not only did they spend the dollars, but they had to repay interest and penalties for early use of the money.
This makes no sense at all, unless it is a matter of life and death (your own), you should not touch retirement money until retirement time. The general rule of thumb is that you can safely take out 5% a year to retire, after retirement. Most accounts can generate at least that much in interest to consistently replenish the account.
7. BEFORE A PURCHASE AVOID DEBT SNOWBALL BY ASKING YOURSELF,
Four necessary questions:
“DO I NEED THIS, DO I WANT THIS, WILL I USE THIS, CAN I AFFORD THIS, AND WILL THIS LAST?
This is my famous saying. It came as a result of my own years-long battle of spending, borrowing, and saving money. I finally got the saving part to dominate all others. Then I adopted the above mantra before I buy anything. Once I learned that at some point you can buy so much that you start to duplicate things you already have.
At this point, it is usually bought if I need it, I am going to replace something that are no longer useful, or I am going to give things away to those in need.
In summary, stop your debt snowball by underspending and over-saving. When you need something you can pull money from your savings or income. Keeping debt low works to keep your mind, emotions and finances, in good shape Get your debt under
control with my “Easy Budget Planner”.
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I have told myself this every time. I will still over spend on food when I have food at home hence why I’m trying to fix a sinking ship.
ok, I understand, you are a comic.
Great ways to eliminate debt. I paid off my credit card last year and it was the best thing I ever did.
It feels great, doesn’t it.
What a great list. Thankfully, my husband and I have never been in debt, and for that we are grateful!
OMG am very poor at budget planning but these looks very useful . Thanx for sharing
I hope I helped you. Take a look at my “Easy Budget Planner” on this website to guide you.
Thanks for these seven tips…lots of good information to avoid problems
You have said a very good point – “under spending” and “over saving”. Most of the money-related problems can be avoided by following this principle.
These are great tips!
I hate to have debts, so I am always careful on my money !
Thankfully, we only purchase something when we can pay in full. These are great tips though!
Thank you, it is my mission.
After completing Dave Ramsey’s course years ago these are the exact things that we teach our children. Number 7 I’ve been hitting hard with my Son since he has the freedom of his own money now. Ugh, teenagers lol This approach to avoiding the snowball is brilliant!
Great, unfortunately, most people wait until the snowball has gone wild and then they start. But, you are ahead of the game. Bravo!
This sounds like a great idea. I would love to know what I spend in 30 days.
Some really great ideas here for avoiding debt. I think not spending money on things you don’t need is key. I like to watch that show hoarders to keep myself motivated. 😛
One of my favorite shows also, it shows what happens when you become spending addicted or thing addicted.
I agree with all your points. If you don’t need it, why buy it? And learn to repurpose your clothes and other things to save cash.
Thanks for these tips. I usually don’t spend more than what I make and I don’t buy things that I don’t need.