Gambling often leads to debt.
As well as addressing your gambling, it’s important to get financial help too.
Dealing with debt can feel overwhelming and stressful. But it’s best to tackle your finances now. Getting them under control is an important first step.
You may not be borrowing money to gamble – but perhaps you’re using the money that you should be spending on food and rent, for example.
It’s important to pay priority bills first. These are the one that have the most serious consequences if you don’t pay them. They include:
- rent or mortgage payments
- Council Tax
- gas and electricity
- income tax, national insurance and VAT
- child maintenance payments.
Ideally, pay these on the day you’re paid – before you may be tempted to use the money to gamble.
It’s important to get free debt advice to help you.
Our Beginner’s guide to managing money also has some really useful information and tips.
Setting a budget could be useful It might help you better understand, and take control of, your finances.