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5 Strategies to Combat Holiday Debt

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The holidays are over and the bills are about to start rolling in.  Don't panic!  Here are five strategies to help deal with the financial aftermath from Christmas 2020 and plan ahead for the 2021 holidays!

  1. Make a list of all of your debts.  Figure out which debt would be the easiest to eliminate in the fastest time if you paid just a little more than the minimum payment each month.  If you can swing some extra toward this debt while still paying your other debts on time - go for it!
  2. Create a budget.  Go through your last few months of bank statements and make a list with categories and the amounts you've spent in each.  If you use our online banking, use the budgeting feature to make this even easier!  Figure out where you can make some cuts - and take those few dollars saved every day to apply extra to the monthly payment of your debt.
  3. Extra Payment.  Did you get a holiday bonus or are you expecting a tax return?  Plan on paying off a small credit card or making some larger payments over the next few months to cut down your debt balances.
  4. Plan Early.  Now's the perfect time to create your savings plan for the next holiday season.  Set up a separate savings account to grow your holiday funds.  Even better - set up direct deposit so that some of your paycheck will go into your holiday savings account each pay period.
  5. Consolidate Debt.  You may be able to save money on interest and have a lower monthly payment instead of paying several debts each month.  Calculate your potential savings here.

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