1 year ago
There are many different routes people can take in order to get some debt relief. Some people choose to consolidate their debt, either by putting the balance onto one credit card at a lower interest rate, or by getting a consolidation loan that allows them to pay off a balance in one lump sum, which ultimately can save a lot of money in the future. Other people, however, knowing that both of these first two options still require you to pay off other debts as a result, choose to hire a consultant in debt management to help with debt relief. They give you various tips and help you start a plan to get out of debt in a way that doesn't require you to run up any new debts. The point I think everyone needs to get about debt relief is that they have to stop accumulating any new debts right now. Do not spend more than you earn, period. The method that I successfully used to pay off debts is to just keep paying them off normally. I pay off the debts before I make any purchases at all; the bills become top priority when you are in debt. Anyway, once you have finished the payments on one debt, take the monthly payment that would have normally gone to that first debt as well and apply it to the second biggest debt. As each debt is paid off, you will realize that you are paying each off more quickly since you are keeping up the same payments even though they are, over time, applying to less debts. The only way to handle debt management responsibly when you are in a pickle is to make your payments a top priority and convince yourself that you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Nat (640 posts)
1 year ago
Debt relief comes in many forms. I think that depending on the size of your debt and the terms of your debt, you will have different options to weigh. Look into hiring someone to negotiate large debts you may have, and consider the possibility of getting a loan to pay off a debt settlement, which an debt assistance agency can help you and your creditor work out. There are several things that you should do in a pickle, both to prevent more debt and to start debt management for the amounts that you already owe. One of the best things that you can do is to stick to a serious budget. I know you have heard this tip a hundred times but everyone should do it. It is the only way to stop the vicious cycle of bad debt. Make sure that you make a budget that reflects a plan of spending less than you are earning. It should help you with your day to day spending. Also, there are smarter ways to consolidate the debt you already have. Take out an unsecured consolidation loan which will eliminate the high interest from credit cards and basically give you some extra money each month. Then, use that freed up extra money that you are saving on your new interest rates to make any additional payments on that loan. You will be able to save a lot of interest by paying the loan off early and you will be able to get out of debt much faster if you are responsible with the money you save by consolidating.
Mia (616 posts)