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52 Tips to Avoid Debt

We've compiled 52 simple and easy-to-use tips for avoiding debt. Take a look and feel free to share. Don't forget to vote for your favourites!

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It might be on sale, but that doesn’t mean you’re saving if you don’t need it.

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Buying on credit and keeping a balance eats up any sales discount you received.

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Knowledge is power. Teach your teens about credit cards. Help them avoid the debt trap.

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The debt trap: Never use payday loans to keep up with debt payments.

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Avoid eating out. Make meals at home or brown bag it.

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Learn to say no – to spending, to the salesperson, to yourself sometimes.

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Shopping lists help you stay on track at the store.

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Buying a car? Think beyond the monthly payment. Maintenance, repairs, it all adds up.

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Save on interest. Put every extra penny towards debt.

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Pay off high interest cards first. It’s money sensible.

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Extra income should equal extra debt payments.

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View dollars in hours. How many hours of work will it take to pay off this purchase?

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Pay for the small things, like coffee, with cash not credit.

2

Never put a vacation on credit. Save first.

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Once out of debt, build an emergency fund first thing!

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Plan. Plan. Plan. Plan your spending, saving, and debt repayment.

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Think twice about impulse online purchases.

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Remember: if you can’t pay for it, you can’t buy it.

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Carry only one or two credit cards and keep the limits low.

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Make a 5% savings goal. You have to start somewhere.

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Eliminate duplication. Do you need Netflix and Crave?

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Don’t chase a credit score. Chase financial security = no debt.

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Avoid unnecessary cash advances. Show yourself some tough love and stick to your budget.

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What’s yours is yours. Don’t lend your credit card to anyone.

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Pay the minimum plus some extra. The more the better.