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Actions Plan for Healthy Credit
Your Credit Score is quite possibly one of the most valuable assets in today’s world. Without good credit you may find it hard to buy a home, get a car, find a job, get a telephone and many other necessities that we have come to need.
The problem lies when young adults, just out of high school are getting credit cards offered to them left and right without consideration. The credit card companies understand that most young adults have no idea what they may be getting in to. Everywhere you turn credit card offers and loan money is readily available from your mail box to every time you go to the mall. Almost every department store has some form of credit you may apply for.
So to paint a very basic picture of what happens; the young adult gets credit cards which almost seem like “free money”, they spend, they spend some more, they get more credit cards until their credit limit is reached and they can’t pay any more bills, (if they even paid the bills in the first place.) This understandably is however the individuals fault, but consideration should be made at the life experiences of one so young and having to adapt to a 9-5 world outside of school and their parents house.
So once in debt, many seek numerous methods of fixing debt such as debt consolidation, consumer credit counseling, debt negotiation and other various forms of financial help. Some of these work and some of these don’t as well depending on the institution. Debt Consolidation is the process of combining all of ones debts in to a single monthly payment, often through debt consoladation one can effectively fight debt initially, but this doesn’t solve the problem in the long run. Without personal change no debt help is completely functional.
This concept of changing the way we think about debt is crucial in maintaining healthy credit and not falling in to debt. Here are some pointers to help your self from getting stuck in the debt trap:
1. Take a personal finance course. Go to a local college and take a personal finance course. The lessons learned may be invaluable in achieving financial success.
2. Make a budget or financial plan for yourself. Having a financial plan with specific financial goals can keep you from going over your budget and falling in to debt.
3. Always keep all your receipts and records. Don’t forget to organize them.
4. Never use credit to pay bills and when credit is used, pay of as soon as possible. This may even help your credit score in the long run.
All this sounds simple, but it is the simple things that keep us from making significant mistakes. Follow this simple plan to effectively manage your money and to help stay away from the debt trap.
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