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'Common Sense' Needed To Get Finances Under Control

Jan 9, 2008
As the new year rings in, millions of Britons will be coming under monetary strain.

Such is the assertion of the Fair Investment Company which reports that in the wake of overspending during the Christmas period, many consumers are struggling to meet various demands on spending such as household bills, credit cards, mortgages and loans. This has led the firm to urge those Britons who are struggling to manage their finances to take the time to consider how they are spending their money and in what areas, if any, can they cut down their expenditure. In an attempt to get back on their financial feet, many people might wish to consider applying for a debt consolidation loan.

James Caldwell, director of the Fair Investment Company, said: "Worrying about money is one of the biggest causes of stress and unhappiness in the UK, especially after a period of heavy spending such as over the Christmas season. However there are plenty of ways to impact your budget like finding a more competitive energy provider or mobile phone service which could certainly help curb your monthly outgoings."

Mr Caldwell also reported that most ways in which consumers can reduce pressure on their spending are "common sense". He added: "The less you spend, the further you can stretch your finances; however there are some simple steps to take to ensure you make the most of your money. Keeping a record of your ingoings and outgoings helps you to see where you can save and by writing out a budget and sticking to it will certainly make a difference to the household spend."

In addition, he stated that credit card users should make sure that they are not paying "unnecessary interest charges". Mr Caldwell reported that although borrowers may find switching cards to zero per cent deals useful, such offers are usually only temporary and consumers will eventually be forced to pay higher rates of interest upon their expiry. Alternatively a debt consolidation loan could provide assistance for those looking to get rid of numerous credit card debts.

As part of its Guide To Getting Free Of Debt, the firm asserted that people worried about their capacity to manage their money should get a credit report to assess exactly how much money they owe. Fair Investment also suggested that applying for a consolidation loan may be useful in helping people to meet numerous demands on their spending at once, so leaving them with a single low-rate monthly repayment. It stated that although a debt consolidation loan will not reduce the amount of money that consumers owe, the type of loan can still provide valuable assistance with finance as it will reduce borrowers' monthly outgoings.

In the wake of the festive period, a debt consolidation loan may be useful for many people after recent research by the Legal Services Commission showed that Britons have spent an average of 564 pounds on Christmas food, drink and decorations. Additionally, a significant number of consumers were said to "turn out in force" to buy their presents at the last-minute. And as the commission stated that the weeks immediately following Christmas see a rise in the numbers of those looking to get spending under control, a debt consolidation loan may be one way in which to increase disposable income.
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Tom Dawson is the Editor in Chief for Essentially Home Loans where visitors can apply for cheap loans online. We also specialise in loans for debt consolidation
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