Most of us go into the holiday season with the best of intentions. We make lists, plan menus, and try to be smart about budgeting.
Unfortunately, nearly 70% of us get derailed by impulse purchases during the holidays.
Whether it’s an extra dinner out, new holiday decorations, or an irresistible gift, it’s easy to overspend and blow the budget. But getting back on track is possible if you make some smart moves in the new year.
Here’s how to do it:
Look Your Finances in the Face
How much damage did you actually do? Understand why you overspent and how it could have been prevented. Figure out the consequences. If it’s going to impact your ability to pay January’s bills, it’s best to know as soon as possible.
Get Back on the Wagon
Put yourself on a spending freeze so you can take control of your finances. If you already have a budget plan, get back on track. If you don’t, it’s time to get one.
Take Advantage of Financial Wellness Services
Need help starting a budget or creating an action plan? All Connexus members have access to our partners at GreenPath™ Financial Wellness. The experts at GreenPath provide financial counseling, educational courses, debt management planning, and more.
Consolidate Your Credit Card Debt With a Personal Loan
Let’s say you have $10,000 of credit card debt. At the average credit card rate of 17.27% APR1, if you made the minimum monthly payment each month, it would take you 236 months to pay off. That’s more than 19 years.
Instead, you could get a $10,000 Personal Loan, pay off your credit card balance, and then make loan payments at a lower interest rate. We offer rates as low as 7.99% APR2, so you can pay off your loan in just 60 months (5 years) at an affordable price2.
Consolidating could save you thousands over time. Here’s how to get started.
Plan to Avoid Overspending Again
If you don’t have a plan in place, it’s easy to fall into the same traps year after year.
We recommend having an account specifically designated for holiday spending. With our Holiday Club Savings Account, you can set up a direct deposit into your account throughout the year, and on Oct. 1, your money is available to you via transfer3.
Your account balance will add up quickly, and you won’t have to worry about breaking your budget.
Stay Positive About Your Financial Future
Overspending is not the end of the world, and by looking at it honestly and taking steps to fix it, you’re doing yourself a big favor.
Focus on the big picture and work toward a healthier financial future. You got this.
1 National average credit card rate accurate as of 12/11/2019. Source: https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/.
2 To qualify for the lowest available rate of 7.99% APR enter promotion code LOWPAYMENT between 12/30/2019 to 2/2/2020. Advertised rate includes all eligible discounts and is the lowest rate available. Individual rates and terms may vary based on credit requirements. Borrow $10,000 with a term of 60 months and monthly payments of $202.72. Minimum loan amount is $5,000. Maximum loan amount is $25,000. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer does not apply to Personal Loans currently financed at Connexus Credit Union.
3 Preauthorized automatic transfers, telephone transfers or withdrawals, electronic banking withdrawals and transfers prohibited. Funds will be automatically transferred annually to the savings account on October 1.