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Simple rules to get you out of a financial slump

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Managing finances can be challenging, especially when faced with a financial slump. For many South Africans, debt is a common issue that often results in difficulty meeting debt obligations.

According to the National Credit Regulator, only half of the 19 million credit-active consumers in South Africa are in good standing, indicating the severity of the problem. In this article, we will discuss simple rules to help you get out of a financial slump.


Recognize the Signs

Before you find yourself in a financial slump, it is important to recognize the signs of potential financial distress. A decrease in income or an increase in expenses can have a significant impact on your ability to pay your debts.

Rising interest rates, petrol prices, and food costs can quickly eat away at your disposable income, making it necessary to take action.


Take Action

If you find yourself in a financial slump, do not ignore your debt obligations as they will only compound beyond your control.

Consider creating a budget to help you cut back on non-essential spending and meet your debt obligations. If you are unable to meet your debt obligations, consider approaching your credit provider to negotiate a payment plan you can afford.


Debt Counselling

If you have multiple debts, then debt counselling may be an option to consider. Debt counselling is a formal and closely managed debt solution, introduced by the National Credit Act in 2007.

Debt counsellors guide clients with debt problems through debt review, enabling them to make monthly debt repayments and gain financial stability.

A few benefits to debt counselling are as follows:

  1. Relieves clients from creditors hassling for money.
  2. Map’s out the path for reducing bad debt and becoming debt free;
  3. And enables clients to make affordable monthly debt repayments.


Debt management can be challenging, but it is crucial to recognize the signs of financial distress and take action before it is too late.

By creating a budget, negotiating payment plans, and considering debt consolidation or debt counselling, you can effectively manage your finances and avoid falling into a financial slump.

If you need further assistance with managing your debts, consider reaching out to My Debt Hero for professional guidance.

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