We’ve all seen the Lending Tree commercials where the guy sarcastically says:
“I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. I can barely pay my finance charges. Somebody help me!”
If that sounds like you, read on. Here are a few reasons why you’re swimming in debt and what you can do about it.
No spending plan
Without a plan or financial goals, you’re headed down the road to digging yourself deeper into debt. A spending plan establishes goals and principles. If your goal is to save $20,000 for an emergency fund, then you need to avoid more debt along the way. Since debt must be paid back, it would take away from funding the $20,000 goal.
Keeping up with everyone else
Your neighbor just pulled into his driveway with a new Ford Mustang, and you immediately think about buying the new Infiniti luxury sedan. That’s what we know as keeping up with the Jones’. But it doesn’t stop there. Your sister tells you she just picked up the latest purse in the Louis Vuitton spring line, and you think about that Chloe bag you didn’t really want until now. We do this to ourselves because we don’t want to feel we’re missing out on the finer things in life. But what we miss is the reality of the Jones’ financial situation. If they’re living on credit, you’d never know because you’re so blinded by their bling. Take a step back and assess the real reasons behind your newest impulsive purchase, and then take action.
Check out the other reasons why you may be in overwhelming debt over at USNEWS.