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When You Control Your Debt

Some people can afford to buy what they want and not have to worry about having to pay for it, but most of us don't have that luxury. Most people have to take on debt to get what they want, but they must do it with care.

To get control of your debt, whether it's good or bad, you have to make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle while working towards the elimination of unnecessary bills and other debt. Controlling your debt is a work in progress. It is something that you have to work on all the time.

The best thing to do is to not let yourself get in a position that you cannot handle with your bills. This is not to say that you should never acquire any kind of debt because that is unrealistic for most people. What this is saying, though, is that you should take on only as much debt as you are financially able to handle and always have a repayment plan.

  1. Don't spend on things just because you want them or someone else has them, especially if you know you can't afford the expense.
  2. Try to pay off any outstanding balances on your credit cards and charge only when it is necessary.
  3. You don't have to be cheap but try to stay away from the most expensive items in the store. Try the middle prices. They work, too.
  4. Don't let salespeople get the best of you. A salespersons's job is to sell, and a lot of them are good at doing their job. They get paid for getting you to buy a particular product and it's not up to them to determine if you can afford it. That is your responsibility.
  5. Even though you cannot look into the future, try to think ahead. If you are buying a big ticket item, such as a home or a car, you are going to have a big ticket note for years to come.
  6. Think about the stability of your job, if there are going to be children in your future, and think about the possibility of illnesses or hurt and not being able to work.
  7. Don't try to keep up with your friends in the spending department.
  8. Pay off as many bills as possible before taking on more debt.
  9. Develop a long term and a short term financial plan and put the plan in motion.

Even though everybody is different, we all similar in one way or another. We all have wants and dreams and we all work towards buying what we want, but we do so in different ways. What works for you may not work for others and vice versa.

In order to control your debt, you have to control your spending habits. Paying cash is not always an option but if you can, do it. Sometimes credit is the only way we can get what we want and that's okay, too, as long as we understand our limitations.

You don't have to let your excessive spending be the controlling factor in your life but if you are already there, don't close your eyes to it because it won't go away by itself.

You have to gain control and make getting out of debt your priority. It may be a long journey, but as long as you know that there is an end in sight, you are in control.

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