Living Sensibly Is the Key to Credit Repair

Stop throwing your hard-earned money away!

Learning to cook can help improve your credit score! (photo: flickr.com)

Learning to cook can help improve your credit score (photo: flickr.com)

Credit repair services are on the rise as people figure out ways to save money and build wealth so they can pay down debt.   Paying down debt is a key element of credit repair, and obviously, it takes money to pay down debt.

But do you realize that if you just stopped wasting money when you buy groceries, clean your house, or pay for auto insurance, you would have the money you need to pay off debts and get your credit report cleaned up?  Here are a few ways to free up cash so you can start paying off those past due debts.

Eat more healthfully

Most of the typical food budget is dedicated to convenience foods that you could make yourself for pennies on the dollar. Instead of buying prepared mixes and processed foods, invest in a good recipe book and learn to cook.  Not only will you eat better and have fun in the kitchen, you’ll save money that you can apply to your credit repair.

Do you always need to buy brand-name foods? If you buy less-expensive generic foods, you’ll get the same quality while saving on your food expenses every month.  If you exercise just a little restraint at the grocery store, you’ll actually eat better and save enough to pay off your credit cards years earlier than you would otherwise. Credit repair is only a matter of living and spending sensibly.  You’ll save money to pay off debts, and you may even find that you enjoy life more!

Use safer household cleansers

Commercial cleansers are big money wasters.  Many of them are just chemical versions of natural cleaners you can make on your own with everyday ingredients. By using essential oils, lemon juice, borax, and vinegar, you can create your own healthful cleansers and save money every month.

Be frugal about energy usage

Energy bills are big-ticket items in any budget, and utility rates are expected to get even worse in the near future. In the winter, make sure you cover all drafts in your house by using plastic on your windows and blocking cracks around your doors. Depending on how well insulated your house is, you may be able to save extra money by using an energy-efficient space heater and turning down the thermostat.

Reconsider comprehensive auto insurance

Comprehensive insurance – coverage for a full range of potential hazards rather than just accidents and theft — can be a waste of money when you’re trying to pay down your debts and improve your credit score. Of course, if you’re making payments on your car, your lender may require you to carry comprehensive insurance.  But if you own your car outright, think about carrying the minimum insurance required by law and save yourself the much higher premiums paid for comprehensive coverage.

Buy a used car

When you buy a new, you lose a huge portion of its value the minute you drive it off the lot. In today’s market, used cars are far from clunkers.  When you buy a newer used car from a dealer, it looks and feels like new, comes with warranties, and has all the new-car bugs worked out.  If you’re in the market for a car, buy a used one and apply the money you save to payment of your debts.  The savings you’ll get by buying used instead of new are so great that if you apply them to your debts, you’ll be well on your way to an improved credit score.

Get ahead of the game right now

Credit repair is not just for people with extra money lying around. If you cut down on expenses right now, where ever you can, you’ll find the extra $100 to $300 per month you need to pay down your debts, even in this economy.  Think how great it will feel to be out of debt and ahead of the game when economic climate finally improves!

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