5 Steps to get Rid of your Debt
Along with quitting smoking, getting out of debt is at the top of the list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Debt is something that most of us have to cope with in life but some cope with it better than others.
You may feel that you simply don’t earn enough money to ever get ahead of your debts, but are you really making the best use of your money? And are you managing your debts in the most effective way? However much or little you earn, there are ways to ease the pressure and ultimately help you to get back in the black.
Consider a change of tack
Balance transfers and purchases can get you a better deal on your credit card. Credit card companies like to entice new customers by regularly offering zero per cent interest on your credit if you transfer your debt to them. While these rates are often temporary, they give you a chance to get your finances in order and stop the rot of huge monthly interest payments.
Organise and budget better
It’s hard to know how better to budget if you don’t know what is coming in and out every month. One of the most important ways to get out of debt is to fully understand your income and outgoings. You need to calculate this precisely and start to keep a running total of what, and how you, are spending each month.
If you really want to get out of the red it’s important to know which debts are costing you the most. Look at your monthly payments and see which include the biggest rate of interest. Make bigger payments on the debts with bigger interest rates (usually credit cards) and more nominal payment on the debts that aren’t accruing so much interest over time. This way you will find that, before long, the burden of debt gets smaller.
There are so many ways that we waste money, regardless of how small our income. If you tighten your belt now you will see dividends in the future. Even a few months of being really economical with your money can make a critical difference. Once you have assessed all of your monthly outgoings see where you can save.
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Consolidate your debts
Some think that this method is pointless as is doesn’t actually decrease your overall debt. But grouping all your debts into one payment can make things so much clearer and give you a better understanding of what you need to pay each month. It can also take away the headache of making multiple payments every four weeks.