If you feel your money just vanishes or you are worried your budget isn't realistic, tracking your spending will give you the facts you need to take control. Without knowing what you actually spend, all too often plans to cut back are just good intentions that don't work in practice. Why you need a spending diary Many people have little idea about what they spend - it feels as though their … [Read more...]
I write about a lot of Personal Finance that isn't directly about problem debts. Those articles are gathered here.
Spending - reducing or controlling it is usually essential if you want to reduce your debts. So Budgeting is another big topic.
Your grandparents used a pen and paper, but now we have Apps to make all this easier.
Mortgages - sometimes thought of as the only good sort of debt!
Credit ratings - important if you have too much debt or very little!
If you are serious about paying off your debt, stopping using your credit cards and catalogues is the key first step to take. Until your debt stops increasing, you can't make a realistic plan to clear your current debt. As the saying goes, if you want to get out of a hole, then stop digging. But how hard will it be? Four common excuses for not giving it a go Do you recognise any of … [Read more...]
Disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence payment (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA) are meant to cover the extra costs you get because of the disability. So is it right to use this extra money to pay off debts? Can your creditors make you do this? That may sound a bit abstract, but it leads to a very practical question - if you need a Debt Management … [Read more...]