If you ever want to get out of debt, you have to have some money saved. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it? However, the credit cards are never going to get paid off if you have to keep using them for every “emergency” that comes along. Even if you are an awesome planner, stats show that half of us experience at least one totally unexpected expense each year (and half of those will be unexpected car trouble).
So before you start aggressively paying off your credit cards, you should save up $500 to $1,000 as a reserve fund. Then when unexpected things come up, you can pay them out of your reserve fund rather than put them on your credit cards. Maintaining a “reserve fund” will also help you to notice if your spending is getting out of hand. For more tips on getting out of debt, click here.