June 11, 2014
Picking up from where 6 Tips for Paying Down Debt – Your Path to a Debt-Free Future (Pt. 1) left off, here we will provide a few more tips for paying down debt so you can improve your credit and, ultimately, your financial situation.
Tip 3 – Make an effort to build up your savings.
If you don’t have a financial safety net in the form of a savings account, do your best to budget out a set amount of money on a weekly or monthly basis to start building up this account. Although you still want to try to put the lion’s share of your extra income towards paying down your current debt, making a concerted effort to invest in your savings is important because it will:
- Create a good financial habit that can stick with you in the future.
- Slowly start to grow your savings – you may be surprised at how quickly the amount in this account grows when you are diligent about investing in it.
- Give you a cushion if (or when) a sudden, unexpected expense arises in the future (like, for instance, a medical bill), and this can prevent you from having to accumulate more debt to cover that expense.
Tip 4 – Make it a habit to check your credit report.
This can be an easy step to forget when you are so focused on paying down your debt, but it is, nevertheless, important to do because it can alert you to when:
- There are mistakes on your credit report that are affecting your credit.
- There is persisting debt that should have been removed from your credit report.
- There is debt on your credit report that you didn’t accumulate (i.e., you may be the victim of identity theft).
Every six months to a year, request a copy of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus, and carefully check the details of these reports. If you spot mistakes, contact the bureaus for steps regarding what you need to do to get these corrected. It can go a long way to improving your financial situation.
Be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog.
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