Do you forget about gambling when you don't have any money? Consider these tips for managing your money to help you stop or cut back on gambling.
- Negotiate to have someone trusted to help you with your day-to-day money management.
- Have your wages paid directly into a bank account.
- Only carry a limited amount of money and avoid carrying bank or credit cards.
- Arrange with the bank to reduce your daily cash withdrawal limit on from ATMs.
- Eliminate cash withdrawals on your credit cards.
- Cancel bank and credit cards or give them to someone you trust.
- Consider having two people as signatories on your bank accounts.
- Tell family and friends about your current situation and ask them not to lend you money.
- Pay bills by direct debit or cheque on the day you are paid or if possible arrange for your payroll to make important payments like rent or mortgage. If dealing with other people’s money tempts you, avoid jobs where you handle cash.
- Avoid keeping large sums of money in the house.
- Consider paying some bills in advance or make regular payments towards water, gas and electricity bills.
- Consider something you would really enjoy and regularly put money away for it.
70% of Gambler’s Help clients report an improvement in their financial situation after financial counselling – improve your finances with one phone call.
To see someone about financial counselling, call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or find your local Gambler's Help service.