What to Do If You Can’t Pay Your Monthly Bills

The thought of not having enough money to pay your upcoming bills can be daunting. There are several ways that this can happen: a health crisis, too much debt, job loss, or irregular income. Regardless of the reason, you should immediately take actionable steps to turn your situation around and prevent the worst.

With that said, here are seven tips you should keep in mind if you can’t pay your bills:

  1. Spend Less Money

The first thing you need to do is to spend less money moving forward. Evaluating your expenses, adjusting your purchases, and spending your money accordingly can help address pressing financial problems. Cutting expenses may involve canceling subscriptions and other unnecessary services. If you cut your expenses, be sure to redirect the money you save to other areas that are more important, such as utility bills, rent, or savings. 

It helps to set up more than one bank account and set it up so you can automatically and regularly transfer predetermined amounts to pay for your top priority expenses. 

  1. Find Supplemental Income

The next thing you can do is to find an additional source of income. You could take on a part-time job as a gig worker, or you can put in extra hours at work. Finding supplemental income can be a temporary solution until you’re caught up and able to cover your monthly expenses with your main job. If you can’t meet your financial obligations with your monthly income, consider asking for a raise or looking for another higher-paying job. 

  1. Get a 500 Dollar Payday Loan

Payday loans are a great solution if you need access to cash fast. It’s a short-term loan where lenders let you borrow money based on your income. You need to repay these 500 dollar payday loans on your next paycheck. 

However, payday loans are expensive, and you could fall into a vicious cycle of debt if you fail to repay the loan on your next paycheck. Before you apply for a payday loan, be sure you’re able to pay back what you owe on time. 

  1. Manage Your Finances Effectively

If you find that you often can’t pay your bills, it might be high time you control your finances. Getting money smart is proven to be a great way of preparing you for any kind of money trouble in the future.

There are simple things that you can do to manage your finances better. You can create a budget, set a spending limit, track and limit your expenses, or save money on luxury items and foods. These solutions will certainly help in settling your future bills.

  1. Use Tools to Help Organize Your Bills

There are many tools out there that you can rely on when you cannot pay your bills. These tools can help you track your expenses, create a budget, manage your bills, and pay them off on time.

Some of the best tools you can use are expense trackers, repayment and debt tracking tools, bill notifications, and bill calendars. However, avoid paying extra to use these tools. After all, your goal in using these tools is to save and assist you with your money problems.

  1. Try Credit Counseling 

This type of counseling guides clients with debt and money management, consumer credit, and proper budgeting. In most instances, credit counseling services can help with negotiations with creditors for reduced interests.

Try working with experienced credit counselors to understand all your options. These people can give you practical advice and solutions to settle your debts and pending bills to work to your circumstance.

  1. Revisit Your Goals Regularly

Once you have a system in place, it’s essential to review and evaluate your finances every quarter. Set a reminder on your phone or plot it in your calendar, especially if you’re just recovering from a financial crisis. Figure out how you can save more, add to your retirement or emergency fund, earn extra income, etc. 

What’s Next

When your finances stabilize, prevent further financial problems through budgeting. Continue cutting back on unnecessary purchases until you’re able to build an emergency fund. Remember to NEVER let bills pile up and pay them ASAP when your finances allow.

Trying to survive in these trying times can be scary, but setting up realistic goals and having a budget can help you navigate the coming months and years. Once you have a plan in place, you’re well on your way to financial freedom.

Dorian Koci

Dr. Dorian Koçi is a historian, Director of National Historical Museum of Albania and lecturer in Tirana State University, Faculty of History and Philology and New York University of Tirana.