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Debt Weighing You Down? Here's What You Can Do About it | National Debt Awareness Week 2024

At ImageNPay, we understand that managing debt can be a daunting task.


And as Debt Awareness Week approaches, it's essential to recognise the importance of addressing and managing debt effectively. This is why, in today's blog, we'll guide you through the process of taking control of your finances and seeking help if you're worried about debt.


But first: What is Debt Awareness Week?

Debt Awareness Week, founded by StepChange, aims to raise awareness about debt-related issues and provide support to individuals struggling with debt. Celebrated every year, it's a time to acknowledge the challenges many people face when it comes to debt whilst helping them take proactive steps towards achieving financial well-being.


So, without further ado, here are some considerations to make as you start your journey towards becoming debt-free:

1) Get Familiar with Your Debt

Overcoming debt may seem scary at first, but it all starts with one important step: confronting it head-on. By taking inventory of your debts and facing your financial situation with honesty and compassion, you're already on the path to success. Remember, debt can happen to anyone, but it's not a reflection of your worth or ability to manage money. By taking action and being proactive, you're taking control of your financial future and setting yourself up for a brighter tomorrow.


2) Make a Plan

The next step in tackling your debt is, of course, making a realistic plan to pay it all off. Start by researching debt payoff methods that can help you pay off debt quicker, for example, the Snowball or Avalanche method, and consider starting a side hustle to help you earn some extra income solely for the purpose of paying off your debts. Set achievable goals and don't forget to celebrate small milestones along the way!


3) Create a Budget

A well-defined budget is crucial for managing your finances and prioritising debt repayment. Track your income and expenses, identify areas where you can cut back, and allocate funds towards paying off debt. Remember, budgeting isn't necessarily restrictive: instead, budgeting empowers us to take control of our finances and make informed decisions in the future about what we can and can't afford.



4) Seek Advice

Don't feel like you have to face the heaviness of debt alone! By seeking advice from financial experts, counsellors, or debt management organisations, you can take advantage of their resources and expertise to help navigate your way out of debt.


Organizations like StepChange offer free debt advice, valuable insights, practical solutions and guidance for individuals facing financial difficulties, tailored uniquely to you, but there are plenty more to choose from.


Here are some other debt charities and organisations we'd recommend if you're looking for help managing your debt:




5) Choose Smart Payment Solutions

Finally, you can give yourself an extra helping hand to avoid the temptation of credit cards and overdrafts by opting for an ImageNPay prepaid card instead.





With ImageNPay, you can easily manage your spending, stay within your budget, and avoid accruing additional debt by only spending what you can afford by using prepaid.



 

At ImageNPay, we're committed to empowering you on your journey towards financial well-being. Remember, every small step counts when it comes to becoming debt-free, and your future self will thank you!


To find out more about our services and to try our app for FREE, tap the button below!





And for more information about Debt Awareness Week, check out the official website here.

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