Tips on Avoiding Getting into Debt

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If you are prone to getting into debt then it could mean that you will struggle to make repayments and feel like you are getting into a spiral of debt. This can make life pretty miserable and you may feel that you cannot spend money on anything without having to justify it to yourself or think about those debts piling up. There are ways that you can get out of the cycle of debt though. You will have to make sacrifices and it will not be easy, but it will be well worth it.

Live within your means
It sounds obvious to make sure that you live within your means, but many people do not. It can be lovely to have a lifestyle where you spend as much money as you wish and have lots of nice things, but in reality you will be likely to be spending more money than you have and getting into debt. There are many people who do this. It can feel unfair when you see other people buying things that you want and you do not have the money to buy them. It can be tempting to buy the things anyway and spend money that you cannot afford. It is really important to realise that if you do this you will get into debt.

Pay off debt don’t add to it
It is therefore wise to work on paying off debt rather than adding to it. This therefore will take two stages. You will need to make sure that your spending is not too high. Ensure that you only spend the money that you have rather than borrowing money to spend. It is also important to make sure that you start to pay off some of the money that you owe. This means that any spare money that you have should be used to pay off the debt.

Earn More
One way of being able to pay off debt and have nice things is to earn more money. It is worth looking to see whether it is possible for you to get a better paid job, get a pay rise or do extra hours work within your current job. You may be able to do a second job or do some freelance work. You could start a business to run alongside your job or even sell things to make money. There are many ways that you can make extra money if you look into it and are prepared to spend the time doing so.

Cut spending
It is really important to find ways of cutting your spending. You may buy anything that you wish and then you will perhaps be able to see where you can easily cut your spending. However, if you have a low income, then most of the money that you spend may be going on necessities. However, it may still be possible to reduce costs of utility bills, food etc if you look hard enough and compare prices.

Keep a note of your finances
Keeping a note of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending is really important. This will allow you to easily see whether you are spending more than you can afford to. Noting down everything that you buy, will allow you to see whether you really are only spending money on necessities.

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Rachel Henderson is a professional freelance writer from the UK. She writes on many subjects but specialises in personal finance. As well as contributing to various blogs and websites she has her own website tracking her own money making process http://www.turnonepoundintoonemillion.com and sells her books through http://www.bowbridgepublishing.com.

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