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Facing Roadblocks to Get Out of Debt? 4 Tips that Actually Work

Facing debt? Worse yet, facing roadblocks as you attempt to get out of debt? Here’s how to handle it.

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Getting out of debt is like trying to climb out of a deep, muddy pit. As soon as you seem to grab a toehold, you slide down again.

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American household debt among 340 million Americans hit a record $14.6 trillion in the spring of 2021.

Let’s go over a few roadblocks people often face to get out of debt and tips to get out of debt (that actually work!) so you can fix your situation once and for all.

Roadblock 1: Extra expenses keep cropping up.

Right now, I’m typing away at this article in our veterinary office. Our dog might have hip dysplasia, so you bet that means spending extra on veterinary care. Such a bummer! (For the pup and for us. Luckily, we think he’ll be just fine.)

The point is, extra expenses come up all the time. Whether you find yourself in a situation where you need to put an expensive part on your car or need $700 worth of X-rays for your dog, you often can’t seem to surmount your debt because those extras keep resurfacing.

Roadblock 2: You lack mental commitment.

Your mental commitment sometimes means everything. When you’re more mentally committed to a task, it’s more likely that you’ll achieve it.

Most people set goals and feel highly motivated for a few days, but after a few weeks, they face an obstacle or bad habits creep back in. It’s easy to then quickly lose motivation and procrastinate on your goals. If you’re never really committed in the first place, how well do you think you’ll be able to meet your “get out of debt” goals? Probably not very well.

If you want to dig your way out of serious debt, it often requires intense commitment.

Roadblock 3: You can’t free yourself from lifestyle creep.

Have you ever wondered why people spend so much time trying to keep up with their neighbors? Remember this: They’re probably broke. Fancy toys, cars and houses cost a lot of money. Freeing yourself from this lifestyle can keep you from ending up in the same boat.

Roadblock 4: You don’t have a plan.

You need a plan to attack your debt. If you don’t have one, it’s easy to stay in a debt cycle. Many experts tout tricks you can implement, but the most important thing you should do involves sitting down with all your statements and figuring out how much you owe.

Your list might look something like this:

  • Student loans: $30,000 at 5.8%
  • Mortgage: $200,000 at 2.50%
  • Personal loan: $4,000 at 11%
  • Auto loan: $30,000 at 9%
  • Credit cards: $6,000 at 18%

Only then can you actually make a plan for eradicating your debt. (We’ll go over a few ways you can tackle debt in the next section.)

Get Rid of Debt: Tips that Actually Work

Let’s take a look at a few tips that you can use to get rid of debt. No one way is the “right” way to go about it — you have to make the right decision for you.

Tip 1: Choose a payoff method.

Let’s take a quick look at these debt totals again:

  • Student loans: $30,000 at 5.8%
  • Mortgage: $200,000 at 2.50%
  • Personal loan: $4,000 at 11%
  • Auto loan: $30,000 at 9%
  • Credit cards: $6,000 at 18%

You may consider using the debt snowball or debt avalanche method. The debt snowball method involves paying off the lowest amount of money first. In the example above, you’d make the minimum payments on all loans but pay extra on the $4,000 personal loan because it’s the lowest amount. Doing so gives you a quick win.

You may choose to use the debt avalanche method instead. This type encourages paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first. In the case above, the highest interest rate is the credit card debt with an 18% interest rate. You’d tackle that type of debt first.

Whatever route you choose, it’s important to have a plan.

Tip 2: Set a goal for the extra payoff amount.

How much extra can you put toward the debt you chose to tackle first? An extra $200? $500? $50?

You can use a payoff calculator to see how much faster you’ll pay your debt off (and the amount you’ll save on interest) when you kick a specific amount of money toward it.

If you can’t put a lot of money toward your debt right now, that’s okay. You may want to commit to more later on by slowly increasing the increments you pay.

Making extra payments also has other benefits. You’ll also improve your debt utilization ratio, which tells you how much debt you use. You’ll also improve your credit score. Setting a goal might also make you realize that you need a budget to figure out how much extra money you can contribute.

Tip 3: Get a side hustle.

Ah, the side hustle option. When you can keep the amount you earn from your regular job and only send the side hustle money toward paying off extra debt, it’s almost a way to compartmentalize your earnings.

What can you take on as a side hustle? Can you design websites? Write articles? Consult? Rent out a room in your home? There’s a guy at the end of our road that rents out three or four different campers.

The point is, the sky’s the limit. Whatever you can do well, make money off of it and throw it toward your debt.

Tip 4: Stop spending money.

Impossible. Right?

Stop spending money on impulse purchases, things you don’t need and things you’ll just throw away after six months. I bet you can find 100 things in your home that you’ve never used and that you don’t need. (I think I can spot 10 things just from what I can see sitting on my living room couch.)

Reducing your spending can free up money that you can put toward your debt. Once you make the commitment to do that, you won’t worry about where the extra money will come from for debt payoff.

Just make sure you actually do put the extra money toward your debt!

Dance Around the Roadblocks and Get Out of Debt

Why do you want to get out of debt? Think about what you want to accomplish, and how having no debt will help you get there. Having a clear reason to leave debt in the dust can help you figure out how to stay motivated to dig yourself out of that deep, muddy hole.

Right now, I’m typing away at this article in our veterinary office. Our dog might have hip dysplasia, so you bet that means spending extra on veterinary care. Such a bummer! (For the pup and for us. Luckily, we think he’ll be just fine.)

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Sweet Results Send J.M. Smucker Company Bubbling Higher

J.M. Smucker Company’s (NYSE: SJM) Q2 results are not without issue but what issues there are can be overlooked in favor of pricing power. While inflationary issues are cutting into…

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Undervalued J.M. Smucker Company Has Multiple Expansion In-Play

J.M. Smucker Company’s (NYSE: SJM) Q2 results are not without issue but what issues there are can be overlooked in favor of pricing power. While inflationary issues are cutting into bottom-line results, the cut was less severe than expected and the company is expecting higher net pricing across a broad range of categories to offset the impact. In our view, the J.M. Smucker Company was one of the more-attractive consumer staples companies before the report due to its value and yield. Now it is more attractive than ever.

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The J.M. Smucker Company Smashes The Consensus

The J.M. Smucker Company had a good quarter despite the rising threat of commodity pricing, freight, manufacturing, and packaging cost increases. The company reported $2.05 billion in revenue which is up 1.0% over last year and beat the consensus by 490 basis points. This includes the impact of divestitures as well. Including the sale of Crisco and Natural Balance sales from continuing operations are up 8.0%. On a segment basis, a -1.0% decline in Pets and a -8.0% decline in Consumer Foods was more than offset by an 8% increase in Coffee and a 4% increase in International/Food Away.

Moving down the report the company experienced a deep decline in the margin but less than expected and offset by revenue strength. The gross profit decreased by 13% due to rising costs but left the GAAP and adjusted earnings above consensus. The GAAP EPS of $1.90 beat by a nickel while the adjusted $2.43 beat by $0.38. In regards to growth, GAAAP earnings are down -6.0% from last year while the adjusted EPS is up 2%.

Looking forward, the company is expecting to increase prices and that, along with demand, will help drive growth above prior expectations. The company upped its guidance for revenue to flat or slightly higher from the previous down single digits with EPS in the range of $8.35 to $8.75. This compares to the prior guidance of $8.25 to $8.65 and the Marketbeat.com consensus of $8.41.

The Analysts Are Driving J.M. Smucker Higher

The analysts only rate J.M. Smucker Co. a Hold but we think that will change soon. There were at least 5 sell-siders out with commentary following the Q2 release and all of it bullish. While no analysts upped their rating, they all upped their price targets in response to the market action. The Marketbeat.com consensus price target is near $134 and assumes the stock is fairly valued at current levels. The high price target of $146, however, assumes more than 10% upside is available and that is not counting the dividend. The dividend is worth about 3% at current prices and the stock is still cheap relative to its peers. The higher-valued consumer staples are trading closer to 25X to 30X their earnings compared to only 19X for the J.M. Smucker Co.

The Technical Outlook: The J.M. Smucker Co. Melts Up

Price action in shares of The J.M. Smucker Co. melted down in later summer due to the inflationary outlook but are now melting higher. With the company enacting price increases and combating inflation successfully, it looks like price action will continue higher. There is some resistance at the $134 level but we think it will be overcome soon. If not price action may close the gap formed after the earnings release before it moves higher.

Sweet Results Send J.M. Smucker Company Bubbling Higher

J. M. Smucker is a part of the Entrepreneur Index, which tracks some of the largest publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs.

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How to develop an effective corporate culture?

Although corporate culture exists in all organizations and its construction is a dynamic process, you also have to take the time to put it into writing on a regular basis.

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Any study – or creation – of an organization must take into account its corporate culture, since this determines its reason for being, its priorities, its restrictions and its destiny, among other fundamental issues.

Although corporate culture exists in all organizations and its construction is a dynamic process, you also have to take the time to put it in writing on a regular basis. Thus, once formalized, it can be shared with the institution’s main interest groups: shareholders, collaborators, clients, suppliers and the community in general.

The elements that make up the corporate culture have a systemic relationship that can be represented graphically as follows, where the referential components appear with dotted lines and the essential components with solid lines:

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This diagram allows to carry out the adequate definition of the corporate culture of any human institution: from a family, a sports team or a small company, to the most important public or private multinational organization.

It is convenient to clarify that this methodology can be developed with a top-down or bottom-up logic, depending on the size of the institution, the time and budget available, and the leadership style. In the first case, the general director or the senior management team is in charge of solving the process and then communicating its result to the rest of the organization, while, in the second case, a participatory consultation is carried out from the lower levels, the which is synthesized upon reaching the higher levels.

Step 1. The definition of corporate culture must begin with the recognition of four referential components: personal convictions, social needs, competition and macro environment.

Step 2. Once the previous components have been identified, we will use them to specify two more referential components: imagined future and social expectations.

Step 3. Knowing our organization, in relation to its competition and macro environment, we are able to describe the last of the referential components known as SWOT: Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses and Threats.

Once all the referential components (dotted lines) have been solved, it is time to begin defining the essential components (solid lines).

Step 4. Values: based on personal convictions, we must make a list of a maximum of seven attributes that will be the guiding values of our organization, also known as principles or foundations.

Step 5. Mission: based on social needs, it is necessary to elaborate a statement that synthesizes the reason for being of our organization, also called purpose, which is recommended to include the experience that you want to provoke in the client, which is brief and begins with an infinitive verb, since it is something that will be done every day.

Step 6. Ideology: since values are a short list of words and the mission is a very short sentence, it is advisable to explain more broadly what these two essential components mean in our organization. This larger document may also be called a philosophy, creed, or code.

Step 7. Vision: by considering our ideology in the light of the imagined future and the SWOT referential component, we are in a position to determine the vision of our organization, that is, the dream, objective or long-term goal that should inspire our daily activity and that is expressed in a statement, and may or may not have a compliance date.

Step 8. Concept: derived from ideology, social expectations and the SWOT referential component, it is necessary to select a concept, that is, an idea that represents the main differentiating element from which we will seek our positioning in the mind of the consumer, which will later be disseminated through a slogan or slogan.

Step 9. Image: finally, taking into consideration all of the above, particularly the vision and the concept, we must design a nominal element and a visual element that identify our organization. The nominal element is the brand or trade name, while the visual element is the logo.

One last comment regarding the definition of corporate culture: the temporality of each of the essential components of the diagram, generally, is determined by their position in it; thus, the validity of the values and the mission –which are in the upper part–, must be greater than the validity of the image –which appears in the lower part–.

Any study – or creation – of an organization must take into account its corporate culture, since this determines its reason for being, its priorities, its restrictions and its destiny, among other fundamental issues.

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Snap-on Falls On Lackluster Guidance

If there is one thing the market needs from Snap-on (NYSE: SNA) and other globally oriented companies is a little reassurance in the supply chain. While Snap-on did not give…

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If there is one thing the market needs from Snap-on (NYSE: SNA) and other globally oriented companies is a little reassurance in the supply chain. While Snap-on did not give any specific guidance the lack of details is less than reassuring in a world where supply disruptions, inflation, and labor shortages are impacting both the top and bottom lines. The takeaway, however, isn’t the fact Snap-on failed to give reassuring guidance but that both revenue and earnings are growing and beat the consensus estimates. If Snap-on can continue to navigate the COVID environment as it has been the stock price should perk back up. Until then, the stock pays a safely growing dividend with an attractive yield and an even more attractive outlook for distribution growth.

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FX Tailwinds Boost Snap-on Results

Snap-on had a good quarter but it was the FX tailwinds that made it great. The company reported $1.04 billion in net consolidated revenue which is up 10.5% from last year, 15% from two years ago, and beat the Marketbeat.com consensus estimate by nearly 300 basis points. The strength was driven by gains in all segments that were amplified by currency conversion from the offshore business. Currency conversion added roughly 1000 basis points to growth on top of the 10.6% increase in Commercial&Industrial sales, 9.9% increase in Repair Systems, and 3.7% increase in Snap-on Tools revenue. The Financial Services segment also did well with growth of 6.5%.

Moving down the report the company did experience some margin contraction but less than what was expected. The company reported 19.4% in adjusted operating margin compared to 19.7% last year and fixed GAAP earnings at a rate above the consensus. The GAAP earnings of $3.57 are up 8.8% versus last year, 20.6% versus 2019, and beat the consensus estimate by $0.17.

Looking forward, the company remains positive on the long-term trajectory for growth but sees uncertainty in the quarter ahead. For that reason, execs declined to give any formal guidance and instead said this…

“COVID-19, its subsequent variants, as well as related supply chain inefficiencies, continue to impact economic activity worldwide in 2021. Snap-on is accommodating to the virus-related turbulence and is pursuing opportunities in this mixed environment. The company believes that our markets and our operations have demonstrated and possess considerable resilience against the impact of the virus and that there will be ongoing advancement in the midst of the pandemic. The trajectory of progress, however, may be uncertain due to the evolving nature and duration of the current situation and in 2021…”

Snap-on’s Dividend Is Not Tooling Around

Snap-on pays a very safe 2.16% dividend yield and one that comes with a very attractive outlook for growth. The company is paying out less than 35% of its earnings and has ample free cash flow on the books. The company is only very lightly levered and has a fortress balance sheet as well. Based on the 11-year history of increases and the 15% distribution CAGR we are expecting the next increase to be equally large. If history serves as a guide, the next increase should come with the next dividend declaration.

The Technical Outlook: Snap-on Falls To Support

Shares of Snap-on fell more than 5.0% in the wake of the earnings report but found support at the $215 level. This level has supported price action several times and appears to be a strong level. The indicators are consistent with a peak in price action but not a reversal so there are no red flags yet. A move below $215 would be bearish but may only get as far as $210. A move below $210 would be more bearish.

Snap-on Falls On Lackluster Guidance

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