Almost everyone in today’s world is surrounded by if not many but at least one kind of debt. Maximum people are unable to get a car, a house or pay for education without acquiring any debt. Debt is not bad entirely; sometimes you get a debt at a low interest rate that helps you make a high-interest investment. Personal debt comes in several different forms such as mortgage on your house, home equity loans, car loans or short-term loans such as credit card debt etc. The thing that matters is how you manage it. You have to use it wisely and understand it fully. Below are a few handy tips for you that will help you manage your personal debt.
Prevent further debt
The first step to managing your personal debt is to prevent further accumulation of it. Take a control over your cash and examine how much money comes in and goes out every month. Once you get the statistics, work to make a favorable difference between your earnings and spending. The more your income is greater than your spending, the faster your debt will go down. Spending as less as you can is the key.
Consolidate your loans
High-interest loans can be consolidated into lower-interest loans. If you can’t do that then try to pay high-interest loans faster as compared to others. What else you can do is fold all your credit card bills and loans in one loan and pay one monthly payment to help you manage the entire amount that you owe.
If making a monthly payment for all your debts each month is difficult for you, what you can do is give higher priority to debts that you can’t discharge or are necessary such as utilities, student loans and unpaid taxes, the debts that are not backed by property.
Credit card usage
Don’t make an impulse purchase ever on your credit card. If you have cash enough, buy it but we would rather advise to wait a day or two before you buy because chances are you won’t feel the inclination to make the purchase anymore after you wait. Once you get your credit card bill, do not delay and make the payment as soon as you can. Disburse
Savings, savings, savings
Constantly remind yourself to save some money whenever you can. Not just remind but make it happen. Make the amount your emergency fund. Once the fund is set up, start paying off the debts. Which ones to pay off first? It’s not that of a problem. Paying off debts with higher-interest rates will benefit you more but paying the smaller-interest rate ones will kick-start the ‘snowball effect’ earlier.
Consult a credit counselor
Sometimes, one’s finances get too much complicated to be handled alone by you. In that case, you can consult a credit counselor. A counselor not only helps you manage your finances but also negotiates with creditors on your part to lower the charges and discard penalties if you have a debt management plan (DMP). The credit counseling agency basically acts as a consolidator that receives the monthly payment from their client (the debtor) and gives it out to the creditors.
Financial difficulty is something that can come upon anyone at anytime, even on the most careful spenders. If the situation deteriorates to the point of no return, then bankruptcy is the ultimate solution. But before that use every resource available to you to make the situation better and not end up on bankruptcy.