Friday, December 18, 2009

Pay your bills on time and keep your house

These days, no matter who you talk to, it seems like finances are a huge source of stress. People are worried about losing their homes like never before in recent memory, and keeping up with bills is more of a challenge for more people than it has been in a very long time.

Bills can be such a troubling topic, in fact, that many of us are tempted to ignore them all together. This is a huge mistake. Letting your bills go unpaid could cause your credit score to fall and your interest rates to rise—it could even put your home in jeopardy. The best way to eliminate debt-related stress is not to ignore it, but to face it head-on.

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself breathe a little easier when it comes to your finances. The first, and perhaps simplest, is to pay your bills immediately upon receipt or on the following payday. With so many banks and companies today offering online and phone-based pill paying, the process is made that much easier. Paying things off as soon as possible keeps the bills from piling up, the mere sight of which can trigger incredible anxiety.

Another way to keep your bills under control is to create a list of all your monthly bills and how much they cost. This allows you to budget, which is an invaluable tool in eliminating debt. Once you know how much you need to spend on bills every month, you can develop a plan of action for payment. If your bills are more than you can afford, you may want to consider taking out a loan. Cash loans can help you consolidate your debt or provide you with an even starting point from which you can keep up with your payments in the future.

Facing your finances is the most important thing you can do to keep them in check. Once you know what you’re up against, tackling your bills becomes surprisingly worry-free.

1 comment:

  1. Good post. I agree, paying them sooner rather than later can save you stress & money.