Avoid a New Year debt hangover

  • 25
  • Jan

The cost of Christmas can add up – presents, extra spending on food, on top of higher gas and electricity bills – can put finances under extra pressure come the New Year.

Here are some tips to help you start 2019 with your finances in order:

Set a budget and stick to it – this is the best way to manage debt but only one in four of us do it

Keep track of your spending – paying with bank or credit cards and using ‘contactless’ it is harder to keep track of your spending. Take a receipt and make a note of your purchases so you can see where your money has gone

Continue to pay your bills – like rent, council tax, gas and electricity because falling behind will make it harder to catch up and may mean additional charges

Cut costs in other areas – you could save on energy bills by switching energy providers

Get advice now – if you are struggling with debt act early, call the Islington Advice Alliance on 020 3475 5080 or visit www.islington.gov.uk/moneyadvice

Citizen’s Advice Islington is also available to offer debt advice. Call the team on 0203 745 8921, email debt@rcjadvice.org.uk, or pop into 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR.

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