People are making a number of fundamental errors in handling their finance according to Moneyfacts, the comparison website.
It advises people to tackle their bad finance habits in order to stay afloat during these tricky financial times.
One of the worst habits is that of living beyond your means. This fatal flaw is going to see huge numbers of UK adults sinking under unmanageable debt in coming months. People who regularly spend more than their income each month are obviously mounting up debts that they can never tackle. Many of these people will end up using credit cards to pay for basic living costs and then taking out personal loans to clear the credit cards. This is a ticking timebomb, according to MyVesta, the debt solutions provider, and they should know.
Another poor habit is allowing yourself too many credit sources. If you hold a handful of cards each with a limit of thousands there’s always the temptation to splurge. Add to this a number of catalogue accounts or store cards and suddenly all kinds of avenues are open for spending on days when your income is all gone. Moneyfacts strongly recommends paying off the cards or accounts with the highest amount of interest and limiting yourself to only a few once the balances are cleared.
Not being aware of your current financial situation is a big step in the wrong direction. Whilst few people know their exact bank balance, it is always wise to have a handle on your rough debt balance. If you haven’t tallied up all the money you owe in overdrafts, hire purchase, credit cards and loans then you’re burying your head in the sand. By being aware of what you owe you remain in control and can decide which bills need clearing most urgently.
Above all, be aware of missing payments. Many creditors see this as a green light to either slap you with a charge or raise the interest rate on your borrowings. Or both! Whilst borrowing may still be fashionable, there’s no point in spending money unnecessarily. Especially during the credit crunch!