I’m going to start this article by saying that I’m no preacher. I’m just a guy who over the years has seen many people go deeply into debt. 20 to 25 years ago it was credit card debt. Today, more and more people are going the payday loan route. Invariably they end up deep in debt and end up consolidating those loans. You’ve heard it before. Let me be the last person you hear this from. Let’s do this as a did you know:
Did you know that an average pack of cigarettes in the United States today costs $6.28.A pack a day habit sets you back $188 per month or $2,292 per year. A two-pack-a-day habit would set you back $376 a month or $4,584 a year? Did you know that? I’m an ex-smoker, and I haven’t smoked in over 25 years.I’m grateful that I quit for my health, and that I quit because today, I couldn’t afford to smoke cigarettes. None of us can afford to smoke cigarettes. They’re too expensive and more importantly than that they make you sick. They’re absolutely a cause of cancer and heart disease which is definitely not good for you. Short-term, if you are a two-pack-a-day smoker you will pay $376 a month to smoke. Does that sound like an electric bill, a water bill and a car payment all rolled up into one? Where do people go to get the money to pay their bills when they’re wasting almost $400 a month on a deadly habit. Payday loan lenders prey on people who smoke. I don’t mean that literally, but when we waste money on non essentials we open ourselves up to payday debt and all other types of debt which eventually will require either a payday loan consolidation, a credit card consolidation or a bankruptcy.
Did you know that a large coffee in Starbucks can cost over $5. Add in a $5 piece of pound cake and that’s $8 a day x 7. That equals $56……times 4 and you’re paying $224 a month. Now let’s take a step back. If we’re paying $376 a month for cigarettes and $224 a month for our morning coffee what does that cost us? Rhetorical question because the answer is easy and as plain as day.$600 a month for absolutely nothing. I know that the store brand of coffee costs less than fifty cents per K-Cup and a can of whipped cream probably costs $4. I think you can see where I’m going with this. If you are a smoker and enjoy your coffee on the road every morning you have a $600 a month habit, or $7,200 a year. That’s a lot of money that pays a lot of bills. If we spend $7,200 a year on non essential and absolutely dangerous items we could find ourselves in debt.
In the beginning of this post I said I’m not a preacher.That’s the last thing that people who know me would accuse me of. What I am is somebody who’s done all the things that people do today to waste money. I took out loans back in the old days to pay my bills and I complained to the people that I worked for that they weren’t paying me enough and I couldn’t afford to live. I buried my credit cards and finally ended up with a debt consolidation company to get out of debt quickly, or at least more quickly that I could have done myself. It seems that today, the quick fix is payday loans. Payday loans are very dangerous too. With interest rate that top off at 700% APR, they can financially destroy you and your family. Many people with payday loan debt finally get smart and turn to Payday loan debt consolidation. Payday loan debt consolidation can reduce interest rates down to 0%. My belief is we get to a certain point in life where we have to rebuke the things that are not good for us and remove the poisons from our bodies and our financial lives. Take this seriously. I speak from experience.