For many years, I spent so much on Christmas gifts that I maxed out my credit cards. I may have given everyone on my list a gift, but I only gave myself financial stress. It took all year long to pay all that money back. It was a vicious cycle of debt!
Because of out of control spending, I couldn’t meet my payment dates, and because I missed those payments, late fees were added on to what I owed. It seemed like I would never get out of debt.
Finally, I decided that it was worth more to me to be debt free, and happy, and have money to use every month to spend a little bit on my children than to give them so many gifts during the holiday season. By cutting back on gift giving, and tightening the financial belt in other ways, I was finally able to crawl out of that debt hole.
One of the things that I did that helped me get a handle on my debt was to write it all down in a little notebook. I made a page for every account I had that included the name of the account, the address, telephone number, and account number, the due date, and the balance due on the day I started the book. Then, every month, I made a page to record the payments I made for each account, the amount, the date I paid it, any confirmation numbers from paying online, and any other notes such as if I talked to someone at that company to make a payment arrangement, or if I paid more than what was due that month.
By doing this one simple thing, I was able to get in control of my debts, and get all of my accounts up to date, and stop paying late fees. Eventually, I was able to get out of debt completely. This has been such a #FinancialPeace of Mind for me. I still keep track of monthly payments in a little notebook, because it still gives me a good feeling to be able to see at a glance that all the bills have been paid, and paid on time.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.