- Kimberly Stone
3 Habits to Eliminate Debt
We have enough stress in our lives without adding financial worries. Debt causes stress not only for you, but for your family as well. We should ask what am I willing to not buy in order to purchase this item? The money we earn is not a bottomless pit, and we want to avoid debt. So when we decide to make a purchase, we should also decide to forgo the purchase of something else.
As you pay interest on your credit card balances and loans, the cost of what you purchased becomes higher, and you are giving up more purchasing power. If you really want something, save up for it. But you might find it harder to spend actual cash than if you had charged it, which will help you make better spending decisions.
Staying out of debt can be simple, but it's not easy. It requires resilience and fortitude — forgoing impulsive purchases in exchange for long-term financial freedom.
Personal debt can be categorized as necessary or unnecessary. Necessary debt can generally be linked to assets such as your home mortgage, personal vehicles, or a college degree. Unnecessary debt, on the other hand, might include routine credit card charges or installment loans for items that rapidly decline in value.
If your goal is long-term financial freedom, avoiding unnecessary debt is crucial. These simple habits can help you achieve this goal:
1. Live below your means. Living below your means requires that you discover what those "means" are. This could entail tracking your income and expenses over a period of time to learn where your money comes from and how it's spent. You might be surprised. By spending less on the little items that add up quick (like daily coffee shop lattes), you'll be able to save for the future and develop long-term wealth.
2. Save for the unexpected. By setting aside money in easily accessible accounts, you avoid racking up credit card bills when unexpected expenses occur. Such expenses could include trips to the emergency room, replacing the water pump on the family car, or patching a hole in the roof. A reserve fund can also help you survive periods of unemployment without incurring additional debt.
3. Go into debt for a good reason. If you decide to incur debt, know what you're getting into. Think about how valuable the item or service will seem three months from today. Also, ask yourself whether you can pay off these new charges out of next month's income.
Staying out of debt isn't always exciting, but the long-term benefits are substantial. Give us a call if you would like to learn more on how you can save by reducing your tax obligations.