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Picture rolling out a snowball. It starts small, but the more snow you add, the bigger it gets. In this method, the snowball is the debt you’ve paid off.
Start by paying off your smallest amount of debt first, then turn to the second smallest and so on. Keep it up and you will find yourself paying down your largest balance. The momentum grows as you accomplish one payoff after another. Soon enough, you may find you’ve been able to reduce, or even eliminate, your debt!
Debt pyramiding is the process of outlining your debt and determining a payment schedule based on paying off the highest interest debt first. After that highest debt is paid off, you can turn to the next highest.
Of course, any debt reducing approach will only work if you do your best to not add to your debt! To avoid adding to your debt, you can work on reducing impulses purchases (or at least minimize them). Here are some steps to consider.
It’s true. When we pay for a purchase with cash, we’re less inclined to add on to the total with extra purchases.
We’re just more impulsive when we shop while unhappy or anxious. These are also the purchases we tend to regret most.1
A budget is a spending plan. If your plan doesn’t include that fancy new smoker for BBQ season, you will be more inclined to stick with your original shopping list.
If your company offers Goldman Sachs Ayco Financial Wellness as a benefit, creating a budget and demolishing debt are just a few of the financial goals your coach can help you with. Reach out to your coach today to better understand your overall financial picture and make a financial plan today.
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