Each week BusinessDesk and the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to stop debt from becoming a problem. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Debt is one of those things that quite quickly becomes overwhelming. 

You start off getting a few extra things on credit but get behind on the payments. Soon the fees and interest are spiralling and making you feel like you'll never get it paid off. 

In the past few years, an increasing number of people are getting caught out on buy now, pay later schemes like AfterPay, Zip and LayBuy. 

Buy now, pay later is deceptively dangerous because it's less regulated. 

That's right, there are lots of rules on your credit card, where the company has to check you can afford the debt you're taking on, and not sting you with fees that are unreasonable. 

But buy now, pay later has no such restriction. So, an increasing number of people are finding themselves in a hole, when $20 here and $20 there suddenly added up to hundreds more than they had realised. 

It hasn't stopped a boom in popularity for buy now, pay later, though, with the number of people under 65 using the payments system going from 18% in February 2021, to 30% by March 2022, according to research by the Retirement Commission. 

Well, whatever type of debt you're dealing with, there are ways to bring it under control and pay less overall. 

For the latest podcast, I talked to Tom Hartmann from Sorted.

For the interview, listen to the podcast here.

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