It is not too late to turn things around if you got off to a slow financial start this year. Debt does not care when you start paying it off, so you might as well start today.
According to Bankrate, 35 percent of Americans do not pay off their credit balance each month. Once you are in the debt cycle, it might feel impossible to get out of. However, you can take many positive steps to improve your financial health right now.
Start saving even if you have debt
Even if you have a significant debt, saving some money each month might pay off. If your company offers a retirement savings account, make sure you enroll in it. Another easy way to save is to create an automatic transfer to a savings account each month. Saving money might not seem like the most intelligent decision in the short term, but your future self will thank you.
Look for a side hustle to pay off more debt
It is unfortunate, but many Americans do not have a job that covers their living expenses. However, almost anyone can start a side gig to help pay the bills. A side hustle can help you get over the minimum credit card payment hump.
Consider filing for bankruptcy
Finally, declaring bankruptcy is an option if your debt is insurmountable. Whether you file for chapter 7 or chapter 13, bankruptcy does not mean you give up on your finances. On the contrary, filing for bankruptcy is a commitment to improving your economic situation because it is a legal declaration that you will pay off your debt.
Debt is scary when you do nothing about it. Commit to a plan of action today, and start working towards a better financial future.