Post-Christmas Debt Management

By Max Webber
In January 17, 2011

With the holidays being over, many people are trying to get back on track to saving their money.  Let’s face it – Christmas is an expensive time and a lot of people tend to go a little overboard on gifts, buying more than they can really afford.  However, with the start of a new year and another big holiday far from sight, there is not much else to do except to save the money you earn.  One avenue to go down that will help with this is to refrain from buying things that you don’t really need.  Movies, shoes, hand bags and jewelry are just a few things that are luxuries – not necessities. If you find yourself just shopping for the sake of shopping, you may want to take this into consideration.

Spending your money on things such as food, bills, gas and education are some of the ways to put your dollars to good use without feeling guilty that you spent money.  One of the main components to staying out of debt is to make sure that what you’re spending your money on is legitimate and you aren’t subjecting yourself to frivolous habits.  Buying what you need instead of what you want is the key.  There are other things, however, that may not be a necessity, but also aren’t the worst things you could spend your money on.  Taking vacations is a big reason as to why people work in the first place.  Everyone wants to travel and go new places, so take the money you would have spent on those three pairs of designer shoes and put it towards a nice getaway!

Budgeting your money the right way poses a problem for many people.  Because of this, many end up in debt, and some even go through credit card counseling.  Stay out of this debt downfall – not only keep track of your money, but the next time you go out and see something you really want, ask yourself – do I really need it?