Debt makes getting ahead and achieving your financial dreams nearly impossible. Finding ways to free up money to pay down your debts is doable if you implement the right strategies. Although, it is not for the faint of heart and requires determination, commitment, and perseverance. The path to financial freedom starts with you.
Below you will find 6 tips for paying off your debts.
1. Stop Unnecessary Spending
Every single dollar and cent you can avoid spending should be avoided. Instead of your daily coffee at the corner shop or a monthly subscription to your favorite streaming service, put that money you would have spent towards your debt. You'll see these savings add up over time, helping you get out of debt sooner.
2. Stick to a Budget
Once you have determined your unnecessary spending, work towards getting a handle on your finances. Take a moment to establish your needs versus your wants. Allocate money for each of your necessities and put all of your extra money towards the bigger picture. This means any surplus money goes towards building an emergency fund and paying off debt.
3. Put Extra Money Towards Debt
Any time you receive “unexpected” money such as a gift, savings from purchases, or a bonus from work, put that “extra” money towards paying down your debts.
4. Cut the Credit Cards
Stop incurring debt by cutting your credit card usage. Your debt is immediately easier to handle when you stop debt from growing. Remember, each time you swipe your credit card, the more and more your balance becomes. Remove your credit cards from your wallet to stop the urge to spend. If the temptation is too high, eradicate your credit cards and remove saved credit card information on online accounts.
5. Find a Strategy
There are several strategies that people in debt can implement to help dig their way out. Find a strategy that works for you. Some common methods include:
- The Snowball Method focuses on paying down your smallest debts (while paying the minimum payment on the others), paying off the debt, and then rolling the amount you were paying onto the next debt.
- The Avalanche Method — Pay off the highest interest rate debt first (still paying the minimum payment on your other debts), then the next highest, then the next. Because paying interest means paying more money, you can save money over time.
- Consolidate Your Debt — Combine all of your debts into one monthly payment where you may be able to get a lower interest rate.
6. Other Debt Relief Options
When you are so overwhelmed with debt and can barely keep your head above water, you may want to consider a debt relief option such as declaring bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy might give you the relief and fresh start you desire to overcome crushing debt.
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