Debt Elimination – How To Get Out Of Debt Once And For All
Are you tired of struggling to pay your bills each month and watching your hard earned money go towards interest fees while your balances barely budge? If so, debt elimination is your answer. It isn’t always easy but if you can commit to sticking to a strict budget for a couple of years, it may give you many years of financial ease in return. Here are some things to think about when you want to go about debt elimination.
First of all, if you want to eliminate your debt, you must stop taking on new debt. This means you’ll need to work hard to come up with a realistic budget that your family can stick to for several months. While you want to limit your spending, you still want to budget money for occasional fun nights, especially if you have kids. Creating a place for personal spending is important to sticking to a budget because it helps you feel less deprived.
Create a budget where you are able to pay for everything in cash, or if you use credit cards, you should allot enough money to pay off what you charged for that month. You may need to put your cards where you can’t get to them, even if you have to freeze them into a block of water and store them in your freezer. They should only be used for emergencies. If you have good self control and commit to allotting for your balance each month, you may want to keep one card in use for the convenience sake, especially if it gives reward points.
When you are able to stop taking on new debt, you should work on a savings account. Many experts advise making a payment to your savings account a top priority over paying your bills. Pay yourself first so your personal wealth grows while you are digging out of debt.
Next, take a look at your bills and arrange them according to the balance due on them. One popular method of debt elimination recommends that you make minimum payments on all of your bills except the one with the lowest balance. Focus your efforts on doubling those payments and doing what you can to pay it off quickly.
As soon as it is paid off, use that money (since you are used to spending it on bills anyway) and apply it to the next bill with the lowest balance. Use this method to work through paying your bills down, and before long you will be working on the bill with the largest balance and making multiple payments each month. This will get you out of debt much quicker than simply juggling minimum payments.
If your budget is so tight you can’t even pay your bills each month, it might be good to combine some form of debt consolidation along with debt elimination. If you can consolidate all of your bills into one payment, it might be easier to focus on getting it paid off as long as you commit to paying more than the minimum each month.
If you feel overwhelmed about debt elimination, you shouldn’t feel bad. Very few of us are taught personal finance techniques in school or at home. You may have grown up watching your parent struggle, and that’s all you know. You can always get help for a small fee from a non profit debt counseling service. If you are facing the possibility of bankruptcy or foreclosure, it is probably a good idea to get professional advice. In most cities, there are resources available that don’t cost a whole lot and will help you determine your wisest moves.
However, if you are like many people, and are just tired of being in debt and want to breathe easy, know that you can do it with some determination. Keep your focus on your end goal of being free from debt and you will feel an overwhelming sense of pride when make your last payment. Remember that debt elimination is only part of the equation to a debt free life. Spending control is also important. If you are buried in debt now, there is always the risk the same thing could happen again if you don’t learn how to manage your money well.