Runaway credit card debt is a problem that afflicts millions of people worldwide. Most people got into this predicament little by little. A trip to the mall here, a new pair of jeans there, and that cool new phone; who could resist that. Suddenly, you find yourself in a financial bind with all of your credit cards maxxed out. What do you do?
There are several steps you can take. First if all, you need to stop spending money on items you don't absolutely need. Most people don't realize how much they spend on unnecessary stuff each month. If this sounds like you, carry around a small pocket sized journal and each time you buy something, write it down along with the cost of the item Do this for a month and you will be shocked at the amount of money you wasted on candy, coffee, snacks, and junk.
You can even cut your expenses more. The grocery store is an area where you can save quite a bit of money. You should never go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. Studies have shown that hungry consumers buy much more than those who are not hungry. Stores know this and try to tempt you will all kinds of enticing sites, sounds, and smells. Avoid these temptations by shopping after you eat.
Do you buy prepared foods and drinks? You can save a lot of money buy purchasing the ingredients and making meals from scratch. Bottled water and soda can also eat up a large chunk of your food budget, Drink tap water, it is cheaper. Using coupons and shopping at stores that double (or even triple them) can easily shave 10% off your food bill.
If you give it some serious thought there are probably lots of other ways you can save money. But don't forget to apply all of those savings to reduce the balance on your credit cards.
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