Thursday, August 4, 2016

How To Being Debt-Free

It does not matter how big your debt burden is. You can always find a way out. But in order for you to clear your debt once and for all you have to be in it for the long haul. If you have amassed a lot of debt, you have to be prepared to work at reducing it. Some quick fix measures at debt reduction are designed as damage-control measures which try to get around the problem without eliminating it.

Such quick fix methods do not get rid of the main problem though they appear to do so, and your troubles get multiplied. The point to remember is that debt does not get eliminated at one shot. Try reducing it bit by bit.

Of course, if you are much too deep in debt and bankruptcy is imminent, the last ditch effort to pay back your dues is through an aggressive form of debt reduction called debt consolidation. In this case, you being the borrower take the help of a debt settlement agency to get your creditors to bring about a reduction in the amount of money that you owe.

In the meantime, you are obliged to save enough money for a bulk settlement payment. If the settlement is approved, you will receive a notice from the creditor that the debt has been settled or paid. After this, it will be left to your creditor to notify the credit bureau that you have managed to clear all the dues that you owed. Settlement is particularly appealing for creditors during times of tough financial situations for the debtor, when he is near to the point of filing bankruptcy; in which case the creditor is faced with the possibility of losing more money by getting only a trifle portion of the original.

Debt settlements are only applicable to unsecured debts such as those concerning credit cards and medical dues. Also, remember that this is an emergency measure. Once this is done, the consequences will have to be dealt with. This would include things like a damaged credit rating, an increase in collection calls, the possibility of lawsuits, tax obligations, and that all-too-familiar necessity of coming to a terms with your creditors.

If your debt situation is not quite as bad, you should be able to lift the yoke of death soon enough. All you need is determination, patience, and a willingness to try out the most recent of debt reduction methods: debt-snowballing or debt repayment. When it is credit card related debt or something similar, reducing debt by this method becomes increasingly simple.

In order to get your debt out of your way, first make a list of all your dues in ascending order from the smallest balance to the largest (notice that the order is not based on interest rate, but on the due amount). If it so happens that some of the debts are of a similar value, place the ones with higher rates of interest above the others. After that, promise yourself that you will at least make the minimum payment every month.

If surplus funds are left, add this to the dues on the smallest debt, and keep focusing on completing your dues on the smallest debt until it is paid off completely. As soon as the smallest debt is off the list, do the same steps for the next ranked spot, this time adding the previous minimum payment for the cleared debt onto the funds allocated for the next.

Follow this method over a longer period of time, and you will soon find a way to get out of debt.

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