Expert Tips on Debt in The Recession

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Debt is avoided at all costs, but unfortunately, it is something that affects most. Debt has always been an important concern throughout society, however, with the countries current financial situation in a worrying state, it’s becoming an even more concerning issue. Knowing how and when to save money can make your financial situation more straightforward and easier to manage and maintain.

Here are some important facts to not just avoid debt, but to successfully maintain it if it becomes an issue.

Take control of your spending – Knowing exactly where and when your money is going can really help to get a grip of your finances. Work out exactly what is entering your account and what is leaving it. This can be done on for a weekly or monthly timescale, depending on what works best for you.

Spend within your means– Most people like to be extravagant and live a lavish lifestyle, but when debt is a concern, and particularly within a recession when jobs are at risk, spending within your means is vital. Clearly outline what you can spend and stick to it.

Save when you can and cut back – Changing your spending pattern can make a huge difference to your finances. For example, purchasing cheaper own supermarket brands rather than a named brand can take pounds of your shopping bill and walking or cycling to work instead of using the car will save on fuel costs and is a healthy alternative. Even opening a savings account with a standing order can be a helpful way to save.

Be prepared to make sacrifices – Debt is unsettling and can mean that you have to cut back on the things you like to have or do. Pricey gym memberships can be swapped for cycling or jogging, weekly trips to the cinema or a restaurant can be turned into a monthly treat and shopping for the cheapest deals can all be extremely beneficial.

Be careful with credit!– Resist the temptation of using your credit cards to buy items. Always ask yourself; ‘can I really afford it?’ if the answer is no, then try to avoid said purchase.

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