With the Christmas holiday over, you may be facing a financial hangover as you start to realize the full extent of how much you spent on this year’s gifts. Although you may want to play ostrich, hide your head and ignore your credit card bills, it’s far smarter to confront your debt head on and make a plan for getting your finances back on track so that you can avoid paying an excessive amount of money in interest payments and possibly even becoming so overwhelmed by debt that you can’t see yourself out of it.
The following presents the first two steps to take in the journey of getting your finances back on track:
- Step 1: Make a plan – While this may seem like a mundane step in the journey of financial recovery, creating a plan is crucial to its long-term success, as it will help you map out the specific actions you need to take to achieve your ultimate goals.
As you develop your financial plans, be sure to be as specific as possible with your goals. For example, while your goal may be to pay off one or two credit cards, it could also include saving $10,000 dollars and/or paying off your car loan. Once you have your goal(s) set, start breaking down the specific steps that you will need to take to accomplish your goal(s).
So, for example, if your goal is to pay off a credit card, figure out how much money per month you need to pay on your credit card in order to pay it off by a certain date; alternate, if your goal is to save $10,000, calculate how much money you will need to put away each month to achieve your desired savings by a target deadline.
- Step 2: Pay attention to your credit score – Regardless of what your specific financial goal is, it’s critical that you keep a close eye on your credit report and credit score. While closely monitoring your credit score can help you quickly identify any inaccuracies with it, it may also help you boost your credit rating, which can, ultimately, be vital to improving your overall financial standing.
For the final three steps that can help you get your finances back on track, check out the upcoming Part 2 of this blog.
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