In today’s world it is very easy to get into unmanageable debt without even realizing it. Trying to work your way out of it can be a very frustrating experience. Credit card interest rates, family obligations and even a decreased income as a result of a tough economy all can conspire against you in solving your debt problem. However, getting out of debt is by no means an impossible task. With a little bit of planning, discipline, and patience, you can successfully pull your head above the ocean of debt you currently find yourself in.
The first step in getting out of debt is to get organized; figure out what needs to be paid and when. Make a list of all the debts that require payment with the most important ones, such as your mortgage or income tax payment, at the top.
The next step is perhaps the most difficult. Create a monthly spending plan or budget that you can afford. This will result in your debt not becoming any larger due to unnecessary spending. It will also allow you to see where you money is going which should help you determine what cuts to your spending are required.
Once you have organized your debt payments, you may have the option of consolidating your debt. Transferring all of your debt into one consolidation loan with a lower interest rate than the rates typical credit cards provide will not only lower your debt obligations in the long run, it will also give you some piece of mind by transforming all or most of your debt into one simple monthly payment.
While in the process of paying off your debts, hide your credit cards so that you lose temptation of using them again. Once you pay off certain credit card balances, cut up the cards and close the account. You generally need only one credit card for your day to day needs, and choosing one that has a lower interest rate or a great rewards program will save you a lot of money down the road.
Finally, if you are so overwhelmed with your debt that you feel you will never get out of it, get help. Seeking the advice of a certified credit counsellor is the best “first step” towards digging yourself out of that debt hole.
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