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Debt when you're on a tight budget

There are a couple of paths you can take to pay off your high-interest debt when you're on a tight budget.

  • The snowball method. For those who need to see progress, pay off the lowest balance first. You'll feel inspired to keep going.
  • The avalanche method. Choose the debt with the highest interest rate to pay off first. This may require larger monthly payments and will take longer to see progress, but you will save the most money in the long run.
  • If you need to prioritize your credit score, focus on paying down your credit cards first. Paying the ones you are near to maxing out will improve your score quickly by a few points.
  • Set up payment plans, even if you can only afford a few dollars at a time. That way, your lenders can see you're paying something.

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Regular monthly bills

Regular monthly bills

The bulk of your budget is made up of necessities like rent, phone and internet bills, insurance, etc. If you can lower your monthly expenses, you can save a lot for unplanned events.

  • Find a cheaper place to live.
  • Get a cheaper phone plan

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Things you don’t usually think about when budgeting

  • Emergency funds are essential, even if you put a bare minimum towards it.
  • Birthdays, Christmas, or car registration are expenses you should be able to plan for. Set aside some money towards it every week, and by the end of 12 months, you'll have a...

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Budgeting apps vs pen and paper

There are many great budgeting apps. However, apps can be frustrating and boring to use, or we may just get lazy.

Sometimes a pen and paper work best because it gives you a hand in your budget. With this method, you can also change your budget when you need to include extr...

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Incorporate unplanned entertainment in your budget

Financial professionals will advise you to cut out expensive nights out. In truth, you will have night's out, even when you're dirt poor.

To incorporate unplanned entertainment, set aside an amount each month. Be realistic. You can open another savings account for...

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The avalanche debt method

In the debt avalanche method, you pay your debts from the highest interest rate to the lowest interest rate, regardless of balance.

You will pay less in interest if you pay off your debts in this order. You will also pay it off faster.

How to deal with your debt

Try to transfer your debt onto a zero-interest credit card (also known as a balance-transfer card). It will give you a limited time window where your debt won't accrue interest and allow you to get rid of your debt faster. But ensure you can pay it off within that window, otherwi...

The snowball debt method

The snowball debt method

With this method, you pay off your debts from the smallest balance to the largest balance, regardless of interest rates.

When you pay the smallest debts first, you start to clear your low debts away very quickly. Doing this feels empowering. Once you've paid off a debt, yo...

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