money matters, money talks, tips and tricks

Paying off debts should be a primary concern for everyone whatever your status is. Although, it might be true that there are millions like you who are facing the wrath of debt out there in the world, this should not be an excuse to let it accumulate and leave it unattended for a long time. It is not healthy to live off month after month by owing people money.  If you are this neck-deep in your debt, it will start to take its toll on your relationships with children and family member, as well as your health.

Keep A Record Of Your Debt

If you are in debt, it is wise to be on top of things by keeping a record of all your debt. This way you can easily assess the clear picture of how bad your debt situation is and formulate a plan to work your way out of it. It pays to keep a record of all your IOU’s, as well as of your monthly bills, including your mortgage or personal loans, car loan, credit card bills, as well as your medical bills. Everything should be taken into account. Get a credit report if you must to make sure that all your debt statement is accurate and up-to-date.

Create A List

Nothing will make your debt more tangible that creating a complete list that includes the rate interest for each of your debts, the monthly bills, the due dates and more. You should also include the amount you have already paid, as well as the minimum payable amount for each, along with any other specific clause or deadlines. It is also better to make a chronological list of your debt where the one with the highest rate placed at the top. After creating your list, select a goal as well as a pay-off plan to pay off each of the items on your list. You can also install an app or search for debt advisor online to aid you with your plan.

money matters, money talks, tips and tricks

Create A Budget

Creating a budget is the most important thing to do if you want to regain control over your finance. Cut all the extra spending, delete all the wants from the needs and make a comprehensive budget sticking to the bare necessities. Spend according to your budget, follow it diligently and monitor it from time to time to eliminate any chance of overspending or mistakes.  With all the money saved, you can now start paying off the debts according to their order in your prioritized list. It will be easier to monitor your progress this way.

Negotiate When You Can

Try to negotiate for lower rates and higher tenure from your lender whenever you can. You should also research for lower rates if you have to take any debt consolidation loan for paying off the debt. Also, take advantage of loan reconstruction schemes and programs whenever they are offered so you can get discounts on interests and penalties. But it would all depend on your credit score to get a loan as well as loan reconstruction. Therefore, it is necessary to keep a good score by clearing your debt as fast as you can.

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