It takes more than just determination and willpower to handle your financial matters. It’s a matter that requires a long-term commitment, which will affect you for the rest of your life. In particular, you will have to think carefully about how you manage your finances and pay our bills in time.
Most of the people don’t realize that debt can be a non-linear issue. It is not about paying off your biggest debt and working backwards. Same is the case with paying bills. You cannot just start by paying the smallest bills first and then paying the larger ones.
Plan your bills ahead of time to fight off debt
If you want to handle debt successfully, you will have to plan your bills ahead of time. This basically means figuring out your total expenses and the amount of debt that you have outstanding.
If you don’t plan ahead of time about how to fulfill your expenses, you may be paying for one thing on the cost of losing another. For example, if you pay off your car loan, you’ll own your vehicle, but at the same time you may lose the funds you have set aside to pay for your mortgage or home utilities. This will put your estate at risk.
Similarly, if you pay off your credit card debts and forget other matters, you could end up falling short of the money you need to afford food and gas.
Prioritize your expenses
One way to avoid this problem is, by understanding the extent of your debt and the prioritizing your expenses. You need to assess your bills, figuring out which are critical, and make sure that you pay those consistently.
You should try and focus on paying only a single bill, at a time, in full. This will require that you direct your income towards a certain debt while maintaining payments on other debts that meet the minimum requirements. This strategy is also called “Snowballing,” as it is similar to the effort of building size and momentum with your debt-fighting efforts.
It is important to prioritize your needs in life, and respect the expenses that incur from that. After you do this, figure out the best approach to handle the bills that aren’t as critical to your well-being.