Getting into debt is always an easy thing. Now how to get out of debt is a different matter altogether. If you find yourself up to your neck in debt and you can’t seem to be able to find a way out of the hole you are in, read on. Despite the fact that it isn’t a very easy task to totally get rid of all your debts, there are some ways which can help you to at least reduce your debt.
First of all, realize and acknowledge that you are in debt and not in pretty good shape financially. Then decide to do something about it. This is really the hardest part – making the decision to reduce your debt – because it will entail some changes in your life. As a corollary to your decision, you should take a look into how much you earn each month and then decide to spend LESS than what you make. Part of this plan is making a budget. Yes, if you haven’t made a budget your entire life, this is the time to start. Identify your absolute needs and cross out the things in your life that aren’t really necessary for you to live. Write out a sound budget and stick to it! It may sound harsh but self-discipline is the key to getting out of debt.
Once you have laid out your expenses and income for the next months that it would take to reduce your debt, it would be necessary to take a look into how exactly much you owe. Take note of all the kinds of debts you have – loans, credit cards, mortgages, and the like. Prioritize which debts are the most urgent. If at all possible, throw your credit cards away. Try to live like you’ve never lived before – on cash. If you have more than one credit card, and you absolutely cannot live without one, pick out the one with the lowest interest rate and best payment terms. Keep that one and get rid of all the others.
Now you have to paths to choose from – get in touch with your creditors and make arrangements with each one (with regards to debt payments) OR get in touch with a debt consolidation company and make arrangements with them. Taking out another loan may not seem to be the wisest course at this point. However, if you consider all factors involved, a debt consolidation loan may be your best move. This type of loan simply pays off majority or all of your loans. As a result, you now only have one loan to pay off. There is no magic to it – you borrow money to pay off what you already owe.
The advantage of a debt consolidation loan is that you won’t have to deal with numerous creditors anymore. You are now just accountable to a single lender. More so, you will only have to worry about a single interest rate as well as monthly payment. This is especially useful if you have several credit cards from which you owe a lot of money. Credit cards have notoriously high interest rates on top of other service fees. With a debt consolidation loan, your interest rate will definitely be lower. In addition to this, there are more chances of being able to arrange a more flexible payment scheme with the debt consolidation loan provider. These people specialize in such cases and they will know how to handle your loans for you. Of course, you still have to pay off this loan. Just because all your other debts are paid for doesn’t mean you can go off on a spending spree once again. Another advantage for taking out a debt consolidation loan is that it will actually improve your credit rating. With numerous debts on your history, you credit score will be pulled down low. If you take out a debt consolidation loan and pay off all your debts (except for this new one, of course), then that reflects positively on your credit history.
With these tips in mind, there is no doubt that you will be able to reduce your debts effectively. Of course, debt reduction does not really take overnight. As I already mentioned, it takes will power and discipline. Make a plan and stick to it. That’s the key.