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Many Canadians are trying to pay off their outstanding debts. If you are like most, you may barely be able to make the minimum monthly payments required on your debts. Depending on the amount of money you owe to your creditors, it may take several years, a decade or longer to pay debt balances off when you only pay the minimum balance. If you could find a way to free up money in your budget, you may be able to pay those debt balances off more quickly. While it can be difficult to reduce expenses like your grocery bill and gas bill for the car, the fact is that you may be able to save money by eliminating some of your costly vices.
[FG] Mark Carney himself has mentioned that he is worried about rising Canadian consumer debt. Maybe the low growth and interest rate climate has something to do with it?
The Cost of Bad Habits
Almost everyone has at least one bad habit, and many people have several. Some people call these bad habits their “guilty pleasure.” These may include drinking beer or wine each night, enjoying fast food meals several times a week, smoking cigarettes or cigars, having an addiction to renting movies and more. You may justify one of these bad habits by saying it is that one thing you take pleasure in, and you deserve to indulge in it. However, there is a cost associated with these bad habits. Consider tallying up how much money your bad habit costs you on a monthly basis. This is the cost of your bad habit. If you spend this money on a regular basis, you actually should have a line item on your budget for it as it is a regular expense in your life.
Breaking Habits and Getting Rid of Debt
Many who want to get rid of debt and pay off account balances have already tried to reduce spending and make adjustments to their budget. Their goal is often to free up money that can be used to make larger payments on credit card accounts, loans and more. If you are like most, your bad habit may be costing you several hundred dollars or more per month. Breaking your habit could free up a significant amount of money in your budget, and this money could directly be applied to debt payments. Breaking bad habits can be difficult because they are, after all, habits. Often, it is best to replace a costly habit with a more affordable one. For example, you can chew bubble gum rather than smoke cigarettes. You can drink a cup of relaxing herbal tea instead of beer at night.
More Significant Assistance
For many, the additional financial boost they need to start paying down account balances more quickly can come from breaking bad and costly habits. However, others are more heavily in debt, and they may need a more significant form of debt relief. Credit card debt settlement is one option to consider. Through Canadian debt settlement, a debt negotiator will negotiate a reduction in account balances and improved payment terms. This can provide for immediate relief to your budget as well as the ability to more easily pay down the remaining debt balances.
If you want to get rid of debt balances more quickly, you can start by eliminating bad habits from your life for regular savings in your budget. However, you may also consider the benefits of working with a debt settlement company in Canada. You can visit Debt.ca to learn more about the options available to you.
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