Now that the Holidays are over, and the feeling of Christmas cheer is being replaced with the reality of your need for credit card debt help, I wanted to come and share a few tips for having a debt free Christmas 2016. Maybe you have already maxed out your credit cards with purchases for your family and friends.
It is not too early to start thinking about a debt free Christmas 2016. So while you are taking your time to pay off the credit card debt, or considering your options in obtaining the credit card debt help you need, this is actually the perfect time to begin thinking about having a debt-free Christmas for 2016.
We have 4 tips that will start you on the path for a debt free Christmas 2016:
- Set a realistic budget– This is a critical part to not only budget for paying off the 2015 credit card debt, but also for planning a debt free Christmas 2016. Make a list of everyone that you will want to purchase a gift for, write down a gift idea and estimated cost. Now you can start incorporating those costs, and the costs of any incidentals like meals you like to cook for family and friends and any other miscellaneous expenses associated with next Christmas.
- Set up a savings account – Now that you know how much you have to pay off from 2015 Holiday credit card debt, and your estimated budget for Christmas 2016, you can work those into your monthly budget. Take the estimated 2016 cost and start saving from every paycheque now by putting the money in a special savings account solely for that purpose. It is easier to start saving now in February little bits every week, than to expect all the money to just be available come next December. In this way you won’t need Christmas 2016 credit card debt help.
- Look for sales all year round – There are all types of sales throughout the year. Traditionally, the month of December is not one of those months. Why not take advantage of sales all year round by purchasing your Christmas 2016 gifts throughout the year when on sale, rather than just shopping near the end of the year?
- Grocery budget – When you are budgeting, be realistic. Even if you are not hosting Christmas dinner in 2016, everyone loves your special Christmas baking and cooking. You will want to make those special dishes to take to family and friends. Make sure your grocery budget for December 2016 reflects the increased food costs for that month when you are starting to save now.
If you follow these 4 simple tips, you will find that your Christmas debt for 2016 will be zero and you will not need credit card debt help due to Christmas 2016. The realistic budget will also help you pay down your credit card debt from 2015 holiday time, as well as help you spend within your means throughout the whole year.
If you’re trapped in a high interest credit card debt cycle, I could tell you that you need to credit card debt help, but how would you do it? You need a professional trustee to help you manage debt before it reaches a critical stage where bankruptcy is your only option. We have been able to help many individuals carry out a successful credit card debt settlement program. Successful completion of such a program, will free you from the burden of your financial challenges to go on to live a productive, stress-free, financially sound life.
Contact the Ira Smith Team today. Before considering declaring bankruptcy, there are other bankruptcy alternatives which include credit counselling, debt consolidation and consumer proposals. We can help and Starting Over, Starting Now you can be restored to financial health.