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Navigating the Financial Battlefield: Managing Debt Amidst the Ukraine War

Learn how to manage debt effectively during times of financial uncertainty. Read on for a clear 5-step plan from Consolidation Expert.

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Imagine a battlefield, not the kind filled with trenches and artillery, but one woven with currency and credit scores. In this financial arena, the impact of the war in Ukraine has sent tremors that are felt even at your doorstep.

War-torn landscapes often bring about economic instability, which can, unfortunately, make paying off your personal debt a greater struggle. Increased interest rates are like stealthy adversaries, inflating the cost of borrowing money.

Moreover, the war drums echoing from Eastern Europe amplify uncertainties about the future, causing a hunkering down effect on spending.

However, amid this financial storm, there’s still a lighthouse guiding you towards the shores of effective debt management.

Let’s march together through the five-step plan that could help you conquer the fortress of debt…

01. Craft Your Financial Map

Like a seasoned commander, chart out your financial landscape. Create a budget to track your income and expenditures. With this fiscal map in hand, you may be able to strategise and optimise your financial moves more effectively.

Our Expert's comment on the importance of creating a budget:

Financial Expert Andrew Hagger.

“Creating a budget is necessary for effectively managing your income and expenditures. Start by tracking all sources of income and categorising expenses into essential and non-essential items. Set realistic financial goals and allocate funds accordingly, ensuring a healthy balance between saving and spending. Regularly reviewing and adjusting your budget empowers you to make informed financial decisions and could help you to achieve long-term financial stability.” – Andrew Hagger, Financial Consultant at Consolidation Expert.

— Andrew Hagger, at Consolidation Expert.

02. Attack the High-Interest Debt First

Think of this as neutralising the most threatening enemy first. By focusing on debts with the highest interest rates, you should be able to minimise long-term financial damage and save more in the process.

03. Arm Yourself with Cash, Not Credit Cards

Credit cards, though convenient, are like double-edged swords that could lead you further into the debt abyss if you can’t afford to pay them back. It may be better to opt for the simpler weapons at your disposal – cash or debit cards, to take care of your everyday expenses if possible.

04. Set Up Camp Below Your Earning Peak

The secret to financial victory may lie in living below your means. This might require some sacrifices, but spending less than you earn could be a great battle strategy for fighting debt.

05. Call for Reinforcements

If the debt situation feels like a siege, remember you’re not alone. Reach out to your allies – family, friends, or financial advisors. There’s an entire battalion of organisations ready to assist you on your journey to a better financial future.

One option that could be right for some in this situation is debt consolidation. At Consolidation Expert, we’re always at hand to help people looking to consolidate their existing debts into one affordable monthly payment. Don’t worry if you have bad credit. You could still qualify for a consolidation loan, as our lenders consider a wide range of credit scores!

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Representative 14.8% APR

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Representative Example: Borrowing £15,000 over 60 months, repaying £355.28 per month, total repayable £21,316.57.

Total cost of credit £6,316.57.

Interest rate 14.8% (variable).

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Want some more ammunition for your arsenal?

Set Your Victory Flag

What does financial freedom mean to you? A new house? Peaceful retirement? Once you have your goal in sight, plotting a plan becomes more focused and meaningful.

Master the Art of Patience

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and debts don’t vanish overnight. Progress might seem slow, but remember, each small step could be a step towards victory.

Hold Your Ground

There will be times when the battle seems overwhelming, and giving up feels like the only option. But stay steadfast, continue to fight, and you should emerge victorious.

Remember, even amidst the uncertainties triggered by global events like the Ukraine War, you hold power to navigate and conquer your financial battlefield. The march may be long, but victory awaits at the end.

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