How to avoid debt that doesn't make sense
Sometimes debt is unavoidable, like when your car breaks down, your washing machine stops working or a dental emergency comes up. But if possible, it’s important to avoid debt that comes from buying things we simply can’t afford.
It’s easy to get into debt, but can be so much harder to pay it back.
WHEN TEMPTATION KNOCKS, THINK OF THE LONG-TERM
When you’re struggling to make ends meet and constantly having to go without, it can be hard to resist temptation. We want to buy things to make us feel better, even when we know we shouldn’t: the latest phone, a nicer car or those shoes you just have to have.
And it does make us happy for a little while, but over the long-run the resulting debt makes us so much unhappier.
BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT PURCHASE, HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- Holding off on that impulsive purchase and knowing you’ve saved yourself money will give you a sense of achievement and it will save you even more money in the long-run on interest and fees.
- Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. You could end up paying twice as much as it’s worth just through interest and fees.
- If you can’t afford to save up to buy something, stop and ask yourself if you can afford to pay it off.
If you’re constantly struggling to make your money last till pay day, take a look at our article on three tips to make your pay last until payday.
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