How to use a budget and stay out of payday loan debt. When I was young my father would tell me “live within your means”. I never really understood that concept because money always burned a hole in my pockets. I had no idea how and or why I should save money and I had no conception of what it cost to live each month and what the total was… or what it could be each year. Let me explain below…
When I would ask my friends how do you make a budget they would tell me write down all your bills and write down all your income and and subtract your bills from your income. If you had something left over you were doing okay and if you didn’t have any leftover you’d need to tighten up. I tried to do that but I found that at the end of the month, even if I adhered completely to my budget I was still in the red… Then I had an idea I still use today. Your income may be a static number but monthly debt is fluid.
There are bills, there are emergencies. The cost of food always varies. The electric bill goes up and down and I could go on. This is what you need to do to figure out a monthly budget. Print out the statement from the last 12 months of your banking. Go over it item-by-item. Every bill that you paid whether it be recurring or a one-time bill needs to be written down. Do that for one full years time. Then, add up all the numbers and subtract them from your income. That’s a true budget. You’ll see all your bills. Doctor’s bills, veterinarian bills. Cost of shopping. Cost of water. Pet insurance if you have any. All of a sudden you see where the money has been going. Include the cost of entertainment because going to the movies and having some sushi afterwards is something I would call semi reoccurring debt. With the debit cards that we use today and the checks that we write, your actual statements are the best barometer of what it costs you to live. If you are in the black, good for you!
Start saving money for an emergency fund. Nobody knows when an emergency can happen. If you are the red start cutting back on whatever you need to cut back on. In another blog post there’s an article written about stupid debt. Read it. We all can relate. Here’s the thing. There is a quick fix for these monthly shortages and many people take them. They’re called payday loans. Most of our clients have them. They are ridiculously high interest advance loans that cost an arm and a leg to pay back at interest rates that could top off at 700%. At that point in time many of the people we work with go into a payday loan consolidation program. You don’t want to be the person that takes out that 700% short term loan. That short-term loan will always become long-term. There are very few people that can’t afford that kind of interest on top of their monthly bills.if you ever find yourself in that situation you will need a payday loan debt consolidation to pull your life back together.
Our company has been in business 23 years. In most cases if you make that mistake our consolidation program can get you out of debt in a shorter period of time. Our years of experience working with your creditors works in your favor. In most cases your creditors will reduce your interest rates for us down to 0%. Get your budget in order and don’t make the mistake of getting into Payday loan debt. If you do give us a call. We can help.