How the Debt Snowball Method Works

Snowball Debt Management Method

If you have a lot of high-interest consumer debt, it is important to pay it off quickly. The high-interest rates are an opportunity cost for savings and investing in your future. In addition, the faster you pay your high-interest debts off, the more money you will have for other priorities.

It can seem overwhelming to pay off your debts, but at Creditaid, we are here to help make it easier.

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Financial Planning Checklist: Get Set for 2023

Budgeting Tips

You must take care of your financial health as much as your physical and mental health. Understanding where you stand helps you make smart financial decisions to achieve financial success. Whether you are in over your head in debt or just want to create a successful financial future, this checklist can help you determine where you stand and what changes you must make to reach your financial goals.

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Christmas is a Time to Focus on Family

Christmas quickly became a time of frantic shopping, overspending, and thousands of dollars in credit card debt, but the pandemic changed things for many people.

Without the ability to spend time with loved ones over the holidays over the last few years, we’ve all learned how precious life can be.

This year, why not make Christmas about focusing on your family rather than spending money?

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Financial Literacy is an Investment in your Future

Financial literacy is the key to successfully reaching your personal finance goals. It doesn’t matter how much you make; it comes down to how you manage it. This is why financial literacy is one of the most important topics you should learn.

Unfortunately, most Canadians aren’t well-versed in financial literacy, most importantly, building a solid credit foundation and managing debt.

Financial literacy not only helps you now but, in the future, too. For example, when you learn how to save to spend, you’ll reach a level of financial security that most think is unachievable.

How can you learn? Try our Build Learn Save Program.

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How to Manage Debt with Inflation on the Rise

Debt Management with Inflation

You’ve likely felt the effects of inflation already. Your grocery and gas bill probably felt it first. Suddenly it costs a lot more to feed the family or fill your gas tank, but these are things we need so we have to adjust elsewhere, right?

One area many people struggle is managing debt during inflation. If your wages don’t keep pace with inflation (most don’t), then keeping up with your debts may feel impossible.

Here are a few ways to help you manage debt with inflation rising.

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How Social Media Affects our Spending

Social Media Increases Debt

Social media is a way of life for most of us, but did you know it could affect your spending? You may not even realize the direct connection, but we’ll show you ways that you might be spending more than you intended all because of your Instagram or Facebook feeds.

Comparing Yourself

How often do you watch someone’s feed and think poorly of yourself? Maybe they have something you don’t, or you want to be just like them. What do you do?

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How to Give Every Dollar a Purpose

Budgeting Tips

Every dollar you bring in should have a purpose or a ‘job.’ This is the premise behind the zero-based budgeting model, and it works for millions. It helps you not only pay your bills on time, but also makes sure you save money every month, something many of us plan for the end of the month only to find that our money is gone.

So how do you give every dollar a purpose? Follow these steps.

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How to Prepare for the end of Debt Holiday

The pandemic made it tough for thousands of Canadians to keep up with their bills, especially the high-interest consumer debt. A debt holiday was put in place on consumer debt and mortgages helping Canadians handle the daily cost of living without worrying about excessive debts.

Now that the country and even the world are coming back together and things are opening up, the debt holiday is nearing its ends. This means many bills will be due again – but how do you prepare for such a change in your finances?

Check out the tips below.

Negotiate a Payment Plan

Before your deferment plans end, contact your creditors. Don’t wait until the plan expires and then try to work something out. At that point it’s too late, your payments will be due and if you don’t pay them, it will hurt your credit.

Call your creditors long before it ends and ask about your options. Let them know your financial situation, whether you’re furloughed, not working, or working but trying to catch up. Most creditors will work with you, helping you figure out an affordable plan. Creditors would rather make a plan and receive the full payment than put you at risk of defaulting altogether.

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Stores are Open – Reign in your Spending

Life is trying to get back to normal. As the COVID-19 numbers drop, more retail stores are reopening, which is a great sign for our economy, but may not be as good for your pocketbook. Try to avoid getting caught up in the excitement of things getting back to ‘normal,’ and be mindful of your spending.

Before you shop, ask yourself the following questions.

Is this an Impulse Buy?

Are you shopping with a list? If you are, is the item you’re holding or that you ‘need to buy’ on your list? If not, it’s an impulse buy. Even if you don’t have a list, but you look at things you don’t need or didn’t intend to buy; it’s an impulse buy.

Rather than buying without thinking, give yourself 48 hours. Leave the store or close your web browser without buying the product. After 48 hours, if you’re still thinking about the item, maybe it’s something worth buying. Chances are though, if it was an impulse buy, you won’t even think about it again.

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