If you, like the many Americans, are struggling with your finances, taking the right measures can help you get back in control. Read the following tips and consult a financial expert to learn strategies to help you get on top of your bills and get out of debt.
- Consider Debt Consolidation
If you have multiple sources of debt that are weighing you down, consider a debt consolidation program. These programs are designed to help people get out of debt safely by combining multiple sources of debt, from car payments to mortgages, into one payment with a low interest rate. This financial avenue can make paying off debt more manageable and getting out of debt a reality. To find out if you’re qualified for a debt consolidation program, talk to your banking consultant or financial advisor.
Many people spend beyond their means without realizing it. If you’re unaware of how much you’re spending each month compared to how much you earn, it might be time to create a budget, especially if you constantly run out of money, are unable to save money, or get deeper into debt. To start, collect your monthly statements to determine where exactly your money is spent. Add up the expenses you must make each month, such as necessary bills. Next, add up the luxury expenses, such as fast food, entertainment, travel, and beauty expenses. Create your budget around expenditures you have to spend and allocate other funds to saving money and paying off debt.
- Pay off High-Interest Debts First
Most people work to pay off smaller loans, even if they’re at lower interest rates. This strategy will lead to spending more in the long term, prolong the amount of time you’re in debt, and can prevent you from repairing your credit rating. Therefore, it’s usually more efficient to pay off high-interest loans, regardless of how large the balance may be.
If you need more help controlling your finances, talk to a Member Service Representative at GCS Federal Credit Union. We are a full-service financial institution ready to get you on the right track. Give us at (618) 797-7993.