How to get out of the D word…Debt!

Money can be a cause of some massive headaches, especially when trying to balance being a mother, work, having some kind of social life and paying off debt. When you have none, it can be very stressful, and it is also very easy to fall into a spiral of debt. Often when you take out debt and are not careful to repay it, it can become burdensome. You might find that missing payments end up in incurring penalty charges. If you owe money on a credit card and are only making the minimum payments, the debt never actually goes down as you barely cover the interest that gets added each month. And then, because you are in debt, you struggle to manage the money that you do have and you end up having to borrow even more. Pretty soon, you might have a stack of debts that put constant pressure on your life.

Getting out of this situation may seem impossible. You may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as your debts don’t seem to go down. You may feel as though you cannot increase your income and that all of your outgoings are justified. However, with some careful planning and lifestyle changes, you could get back on top of your finances and be utterly debt-free within a few short years.

Check Your Credit Score Online

The first step on the road to solving your problems is to stop burying your head in the sand over them. Find out exactly how bad it is and work from there. To do this, you should get your credit report. You can find this online, and there are many companies that will provide you with this information for free. Once you have it, you will be able to see what you are dealing with. If your score is low, you will have minimal options available to you. However, if you still have a moderate to high rating, there may be some easy fixes.

Consolidate All Your Debts

You need to look at consolidating all of your debt into one single loan. This will keep your overall payments down each month and will help you get an end date for your final payment. The length of the loan may vary, and the interest rate that you are offered may depend on your credit rating and the length of the loan. If you have a moderate to high credit score, you might be able to take out an unsecured loan to cover this relatively easily. However, if you have a low score, you may need to offer up your home or car as security against a loan.

What You Need To Know About Secured Loans

If you are looking for help with getting a secured loan, then you will need to consider two factors. Firstly, you can easily make the repayments each month. Secondly, you have a plan for how you will pay if you lose your job. You need to be very conscious of the fact that you are putting your home or car on the line if you don’t make the repayments.

As long as you maintain a good record when it comes to making your payments each month, secured loans may be the best option to get yourself out of debt without risking insolvency.

Managing Your Finances

You will need to get a tighter grip on your finances. This will mean sitting down and going through all of your income and expenditure. This sounds like a daunting task, however, if you take your time over it, it is not too difficult.

You should list all of your outgoings and then compare that against your income. If your outgoings are higher than your income, then you will urgently need to address this.

Look For Ways To Save Money

You can save money by switching providers on a number of your services such as your energy, phone, and car insurance. Often we remain on services long after they cease to be competitive and end up paying much more than we should. Have a look at competitors and see who has the best prices. You could find that you save yourself a considerable amount of money each month by switching.

You should also look at cancelling for a streaming service or a gym membership that you don’t actually use, then stop. Wasting money in this way is detrimental to your finances and is throwing good money away.

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