Plain Speaking, Expert Advice
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Perhaps between jobs, suffering illness, or have had unexpected bills or a large financial commitment to cover.
- You are using credit cards
- Your overdraft is heavily relied on
- You've got new credit cards, 'just in case'
- You are concerned, but not overly worried
- You have considered a "Payday Loan"
- You are thinking twice before you spend
Too much of your income is taken up with credit card and loan repayments and you have little money left over each month.
- You are coping, but only just
- You pay unexpected bills by borrowing more
- You actively switch card debt to 0% deals
- You pay minimum payments on your cards
- You think your next pay rise is the solution
- You try to avoid thinking about your debt
Your income isn't enough to cover your monthly expenditure any more, so your overall debt is increasing slowly.
- You have consolidated debts already
- You can only make minimum payments
- You don't open your monthly statements
- You have been turned down for credit
- You're worried, and are starting to panic
- You avoid talking about money
- You run out of money well before payday
- You're losing sleep, drinking more or both
You are over-borrowed, cannot pay all your bills on time - your financial worries are impacting on your quality of life.
- You're in arrears on your credit accounts
- You've been contacted by debt collectors
- You've been threatened with court action
- You can't keep your promises to pay
- Your relationships are affected
- You avoid opening any statements or bills
- You're worried, losing sleep and weight
- You're thinking of taking extreme actions