I know you’re looking at that plasma TV and thinking of buying yourself a nice early birthday present. You can just imagine it on that wall in your living room. In fact you’ve been saving a spot for it for a year now. But there’s really no way that you could afford such a thing. Unless…you do have that little piece of plastic in your pocket just screaming to be used.
Besides, this is the reason you have a card, in case of an emergency. And, that big empty space is an emergency, it must be filled. Of course you’ll have a big fat balance on your statement that there’s no way you can pay, but what the heck. Only live once right?
Now Stop and Listen Carefully!
How silly do you sound when you begin thinking thoughts like these? This is what happens in millions of heads around the world daily, and this lack of debt management is hurting way too many people, so don’t get sucked into it too.
It’s crazy that we think that we can just buy something that we can never afford just because we can charge it. Tell me, what kind of debt management is that?
Well, if you need help with your credit cards and debt, don’t feel bad because you’re definitely not alone in this. In fact, I remember getting my first card, I got myself in the same situation, and this is after I told myself that I would never use the silly thing.
Well, except for emergencies that is.
Then came college, and everything seemed to be an emergency. I was on my own for the first time, and not wanting to bother my parents, and wanting to appear “responsible" I just kept on racking up the balance on the darn thing. Oh but that was okay I would convince myself, because soon enough I would graduate with my bachelors and laugh at this debt I was racking up.
This may be how it ends up for some people, but for most, myself included the exact opposite is true. I actually come out the other end with a good career, but I didn’t consider how much actually living in the real world costs, and very soon my budget had met it’s match.
Now I had to find help with my debt.
The one thing I did that was quite smart was to transfer the debt to a lower interest card. It helped me a little, but it really was still hard keeping up.
I then began my search for a reliable company to help me consolidate debt even more. I searched online and found quite a few companies to help me. The one that I went with, actually helped cut some of my balances by up to 40%, and then got me on a plan with on low monthly payment that was easy to afford.
So, don’t be like me and get yourself into a mess. Start managing debt wisely early on, and you’ll avoid a rough ride that you don’t need.
The scriptwriter Robert Carlton is especially interested in issues associated to money management and assets. His contributions on managing credit card debt are published on http://www.debtania.com in addition to other websites.