Your Debt Deserves a Long Hard Look
Are you one of the many who live paycheck to paycheck and have a mound of debt you never have the extra money to apply to these accounts? You are not alone in this dilemma.
The first step to paying off loans is to take an in-depth and honest look into your debt to help you understand what your debts include such as, credit card debt, student loans, car payments, mortgage payments. Once you sort your debt out figure out an individualized plan to pay off this debt.
It is vital to create a budget listing the most expensive creditor first. It never does any good just paying a minimum amount every month. You must pay a bit more.
You can transfer balances on high-interest credit cards to a lower-interest card. However, never close out that card and do not use it again. Stop using credit cards altogether and make scheduled payments.
Any extra funds you make at work needs to go towards your debt. Eliminate all credit card information from online stores.
Make extra money by selling off items you do not use or cannot afford to use and put the funds toward debt.
Old Spending Habits are Hard to Break
Change your spending habits and try to cut down on expenses such as groceries, cable television, cell phone charges, and spur of the moment purchases as simple as a cup of coffee. Realize that bad spending habits need correcting. Ask yourself, “Do I need that?” Bring your coffee from home to work. Your situation is not a forever situation. You will work your way out of debt and breathe easier while giving your FICO score the boost it needs.
There are small and insignificant things you can do such as pack your lunch versus buying lunch out every day.
If you are a smoker, stop smoking and when you want to buy that pack of cigarettes, put that money in a special account. Going cold turkey off smoking is certainly not easy, but it is possible.
Snowball Your Debt
While some feel that you should start paying off the most expensive debt first, others believe in paying off the lesser amount first. For example, you owe an old bill of $25.00 to the doctor and the next bill is $50.00 on an old credit card. You pay $10.00 a month on each bill and when the lesser is paid off you take that extra $10.00 and add it to the $50.00 bill. You double the payment amount and continue up your list. Pay a bit more than the minimum amount.
You will always have to pay taxes, probably a mortgage, and car payment for the rest of your life. But, once you get all the other wasteful spending in control you should be able to make a few extra payments on these debts. This small extra contribution to your mortgage drastically cuts down the length of the mortgage loan. You pay off your home a whole lot faster.
Be very aware of how you got into your financial mess and avoid those pitfalls once you are out of debt. You can find additional practice advice on Zebra Loans.