Making more money and getting out of debt is a top priority for many adults. Even though paying down a considerable debt may feel overwhelming, taking just a few simple steps can make a debt-free life a reality. Here are ten ways to make more money and get rid of debt.
1Think About How Much You Need To Work
When you're lining up work or contemplating a new job, think about your expenses and make sure you can earn the money you need to live comfortably. Keep in mind how many hours you can work while still having time for the things you love to do. Moreover, consider if you're eligible to work overtime. A few extra overtime shifts a month could make a considerable difference in paying off some debt.
2Consider How Much Your Time Is Worth
When you're considering a job or a commission, you need to think about making sure you're getting paid what you are worth. If you are worth more money, don't take jobs that pay significantly less: unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Try negotiating with your employer for an increase in salary, a higher hourly rate, or a performance bonus structure. If you have experience in a highly specific field, it generally earns you a higher salary.
3Use Public Transportation
The price of gas is high, and it's only going to go higher. Think about alternative means of transportation. Also, think about what you can do to reduce the wear and tear and the gas consumption of your car in general.
Furthermore, you can check out the local bus or train schedules. If they meet your needs, consider selling your car to pay off some debt. Selling a car will eliminate a car loan, gas costs, maintenance fees, and insurance premiums.
4Work Close To Home
If you work close to home, you'll have lower transportation costs and more time to spend with your family. This can make a job worth keeping. Working locally also allows you to run errands during lunch breaks, so you have more family time on the weekends.
5Avoid Late Charges On Your Bills
Avoid late charges on your monthly bills by using your debit or credit card to pay them off automatically. Set up online banking with your credit card company so that your bill will be paid automatically, each month. No more forgetting to mail the check or going to the bank!
6Budget Your Money
Make sure you know how much money you earn each month and exactly where it's going. Don't forget to figure in small costs like gas, dry cleaning, and snacks. Every dollar matters when you're trying to get out of debt. Call your utility companies and ask to be put on their budget plans. Paying the same amount each month for electricity or oil is much easier than paying a $600 bill during the cold winter months.
7Ask Yourself: "Do I Need It?"
Impulse buys can take a real toll on your cash flow. Before you buy anything, give it a second thought and discuss it with your spouse or friend. Can you get it cheaper elsewhere? Do you really need it?
Walk away for a day and think about whether you really need to spend the money. Or, ask the salesperson if the item will be on sale soon. Chances are that you really don't need it in the first place.
8Keep The Thermostat Low
When you want to keep your bills low, you will find that one of your heftiest bills will be the heating bill, especially if you live somewhere cool. Learn to wear layers of clothing and agree on a preset temperature with your family. Installing an electronic thermostat allows you to program the times and the temperatures, so no one has to touch the thermostat.
9Buy Good Quality Items
It might seem counter-intuitive, but buying more expensive things that are of higher quality can be useful when you're looking to save money. Quality things break less frequently, so you don't end up buying the same items over and over. This doesn't mean you have to shop for designers clothing that's out of your budget range. Simply look for higher quality items and buy fewer clothing pieces this season.
10Buy At Local Stores
When you're looking to buy produce, take the time to buy from local vendors. Not only will the food taste better, but you won't be billed the extra transport costs, and you'll be supporting local business. Visit the local gift shop for that birthday gift rather than heading to the mall. Or have dinner at a local restaurant rather than a chain restaurant. You'll likely save money on gas while supporting your local businesses.
Being conscious of how much money you spend each month is critical to getting out of debt. But that doesn't mean you have to live like a hermit without any entertainment. Choose some of these easy ways to save money and enjoy living a simple life!
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."