Keeping yourself out of debt could benefit more than just your finances. According to a study from the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a 10% increase in short-term debt, such as overdue bills and credit card debt, was linked to a 24% increase in symptoms of depression.
Here are a few solid tips on how to decrease your short-term debt, which might also improve your mental health:
- Keep a record of everything you spend for a couple months. Then look for expenses to trim, like nights out, a too-large cable package or a daily latte. Apply the savings to your debts.
- Regularly contact your phone, utility and insurance companies to renegotiate your rates. If you’re behind on payments, ask to set up a payment plan.
- Use our Online Access HD for online bill payment. Choose a date to pay – funds come out of your account the same day. Your bills will be paid on time and in full (or at least the minimum for credit cards). You’ll avoid late charges!
- Pump up your savings. Join our year-long money-saving initiative at www.hfcu.org/cusave2016 for ideas and tips to save money. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily posts.
Our financial first aid toolkit will help you get your finances in good shape for the new year.