Welcome to February! How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If one of those resolutions was to work your way out of debt in 2022, then you are in luck.
Figuring out a mound of debt can be frightening and leave you with anxiety. Where do you start? How do you tackle it all? That is why I have two, very simple tips you can follow, to help accomplish that resolution of getting out of debt in 2022.
Since the two methods for working your way through debt are snow themed, February is the perfect time to choose from the avalanche method or the snowball method. Depending on your individual circumstances, one will be a better fit for you. Let’s plow through both.
- Avalanche method – with this method you would make a list of all of your debts and their interest rates. Once you compile the list, put them in order from highest interest rate to the lowest. Then, you would pay the minimum amount on each of your debts except for the highest interest rate debt which you would dedicate as much to as you possibly could. The theory here is that you are reducing the debt that is racking up the most interest billed to you. Once you have paid off the highest interest rate debt, you move down the list to the next one.
- Snowball method – in this method you list all of your debts from largest balance to smallest balance. Once you complete the list, you pay the minimum on all of your debts except the one with the smallest balance which you would dedicate as much to as you possibly could. The theory here is that you pay off the smallest balance first, therefore gaining momentum and an emotional win as you move towards paying off all your debt. Continue to move down the list from smallest to largest until all of the debts are paid off.
Being a Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA), I love the snowball method. I think providing yourself with an emotional win is crucial to keeping up the momentum of paying down debt. When we can harness our emotions and create positive change when it comes to money, the feeling is euphoric. However, even though I prefer one method, it does not mean it is the best fit for you. Figuring out what will work best for your personal situation is very important.
It’s winter! Get outside, enjoy the cold and the magic of the snow, while also harnessing it to pay down some of your debt.
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