This post is a continuation from the one that began yesterday.
2) Make a very detailed budget for all your monthly expenses. Be sure to have enough so you are able to make at least the minimum payments on all of your debt.
3) From the lists above pick the smallest debt as your target. Pay as much towards this debt as you can without cutting payments on your other debts.
Once you manage to pay off this debt completely, take that money and apply it to the next smallest debt. Keep doing this again and again until your debt is all paid off. Doing this will allow you to pay off all your debt, even if you can’t get extra money coming in.
This method works, it just takes discipline. You’ll have to make sacrifices if you want to be debt free. That means making a reasonable budget and sticking to it.
But if you stay disciplined, and keep at it, you will eventually find yourself out of debt, which will bring you peace of mind and will make all the sacrifices seem worthwhile.
Yours in working to keep debt free,
P.S. You can read more tips on debt consolidation and keeping debt free here
It seems like Debt is something many of us, including those all around the world, struggle with.
As a result, we often want to know how to be debt free.
Nowadays, you can’t afford to just buy things will nilly, and sometimes you may have to use a credit card or get a loan. But if the unexpected happens and you’re not able to pay back those debts, you can find yourself in an out of control, downward spiral.
Many’s the time you might find yourself in more debt than you can handle because of an unexpected illness, or time away from work or even an unexpected household repair or a water heater than just expired two seconds before you were to take your shower.
Such calamities might require you to use your credit card and as a result put you in a position with more debt than you can reasonably handle.
There are many options available to you such as debt counseling services, debt consolidation and even bankruptcy. But before you do anything that drastic, take some time to try to fix your debt situation on your own.
It is possible, even without adding income, to pay off your debt.
It will take time, though, and it will take discipline but if you are committed to living a life without any debt you can do it.
Now, and tomorrow, I’ll discuss some tips to help you become debt free.
Here are a few tips to help you get rid of
1) Make yourself a detailed list of all your debt. Add everything; even the smallest of debts should be added to this list. Your list should include your monthly household bills (such as house payments, insurance, utility bills, etc etc etc) in one column and your debt in another column.
Come back tomorrow to pick up the remaining two tips. In the meantime, you can start making your list now, as mentioned above.
Yours in working to keep debt free,
P.S. You can read more tips on debt consolidation and keeping debt free here
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There are many great reasons to refinance.
With lower cost, adjustable rate, and 0-down options, traditional loan programs like 30-year or 15-year fixed rate mortgages don’t always allow you to meet your financial goals. Today, even reducing your mortgage interest rate a little can save you big over the life of your home loan.
Here are five reasons to consider refinancing:
1. Lower Your Monthly Payment
If you plan to live in your home for a few years, it may make sense to pay a point or two to decrease your interest rate and overall payment.
Over the long run, you will have paid for the cost of the mortgage refinance with the monthly savings. On the other hand, if you plan on moving in the near future, you may not be in your home long enough to recover the refinancing costs. Calculating the break-even point before you decide to refinance can help determine whether it makes sense.
2. Switch From an Adjustable Rate to a Fixed Rate Mortgage
Adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) can provide lower initial monthly payments for those who are willing to risk upward market adjustments. They’re also ideal if you don’t plan to own your property for more than a few years. However, if you have made your house a permanent home, you may want to swap your adjustable rate for a 15-, 20- or 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Your interest may be higher than with an ARM, but you have the confidence of knowing what your payment will be every month for the rest of your loan term.
3. Escape Balloon Payment Programs
Like adjustable rate mortgage programs, balloon programs are great when you want lower rates and lower initial monthly payments. However, if you still own the property at the end of the fixed rate term (usually 5 or 7 years), the entire balance of your mortgage is due to the lender. If you are in a balloon program, you can easily switch over into a new adjustable rate mortgage or fixed rate mortgage.
Overcoming Credit Card Debt
Any kind of debt such as credit card debt needs to be quickly addressed if one wishes to establish a healthier financial situation.
You can begin with a basic technique such as budget planning or other saving methods, but the truth is it is more difficult than it seems.
This is even more true with making financial transactions using your credit card since it basically offers you lots of convenience to purchase items you normally would be unable to afford if you had to rely on actual cash to make the purchase.
Improving your credit card debt is of essential when you are trying to improve your credit rating since it also affects your overall financial stability.
Below are suggested steps to help you achieve a more stable personal finance system and eventually become debt free.
When you already have thousands in debt, stop causing more financial troubles by adding up to your existing debts. Refrain from using your credit card to make any more purchases, especially major ones, for things will only get worse.
With access to a credit card, it is relatively convenient (the point, actually) for an individual to splurge today without realizing the financial burdens that he or she will have to face in the coming days. Thus, if you used this behavior you ought to at least practice some financial responsibility by learning to cope with your credit card debt before adding any more to your debts.
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Some days when the credit card bills come in fast and heavy, it might seem like the best thing to do would be to close those accounts. Or to maybe consolidate the cards.
Before you get to either of those points, consider these tips:
Don’t make the mistake of closing lots of credit accounts just to improve your score.
This seems like a contradiction, but it really is not. Many people think that to improve their credit score, they just have to pay off some debts and close their accounts. This is not exactly accurate. There are several reasons to think carefully before closing your accounts.
First, if you close an account you need (for example, if you close all your credit card accounts) then you will have to reapply for credit, and all those inquiries from lenders will cause your credit score to actually drop.
Secondly, most credit bureaus give high favorable points to those who have a good long-term credit history.
That means that closing the credit card account you have had since college may actually hurt you in the long run. If you have credit accounts that you don’t use or if you have too many credit lines, then by all means pay off some and close them. Doing so may help your credit score – but only if you don’t close long-term accounts you need. In general, close the most recent accounts first and only when you are sure you will not need that credit in the near future.
Closing your accounts is a bad idea if:
1) You will be applying for a loan soon. The closing of your accounts will make your credit score drop in the short term and will not allow you to qualify for good loan rates.
2) Closing your accounts will make your overall debt balance too high. If you owe $10, 000 now and closing some accounts would leave you with only $1,000 of possible credit, you are close to maxing out your credit–which gives you a bad credit rating.
In the short term, closing accounts will lower your credit score, but in the long run it can be beneficial.
Yours in deciding what to do with credit cards,
I’m thrilled to let you know I’ll be a guest blogger on Steve Thomas’s blog, Life Change For You.
Steve was a guest at my blog, Kreative Ramblings, yesterday, October 22, and so I traded a post with him that will be published at his blog tomorrow.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes tomorrow to stop over to see what else Steve has. There’s great video there, too.
Yours in learning through guest blogging,
Unfortunately, sudden debt can crash unexpectedly into the lives of almost any of us at any time. We can be going along through life quite happily and then bang! Without warning we find ourselves in debt and it’s well… so sudden! Debt is also something that many of us have heard often since childhood is a bad thing. And so that just adds to our woes.
Here you are, unexpectedly in a traumatic situation and you get hit by the double whammy of sudden debt and guilt!
If you think it will never happen to you don’t be too sure.
Think of something as simple as an accident; it doesn’t even have to be your fault, and you get hospitalized for a couple of months. Do you think while you’re laid up there in your hospital bed it’s just possible that making the payment for your credit card bill might get forgotten?
And what happens when you forget your monthly credit payments? Those nice friendly guys at the loan company who wanted to increase your credit card limit only last month now turn into Don Corleone and the boys from Mob! They start to slap on late charges, and the exorbitant interest now starts to attract interest on itself and, and… Well you get the picture.
So what do you do when you find yourself facing sudden debt?
The first thing is..Don’t panic! I know that’s easy enough to say but it really isn’t going to help. Just stop and think of a plan of action.
Before you do anything else, contact the companies you owe the money to. Explain the situation you’ve found yourself in and ask what they can do to help. They may be willing to freeze the interest, especially if you’ve always had a triple A credit rating in the past.
Now, lets take a worst case scenario here and just assume your creditors aren’t helpful. If you find this is the case, then start to look at some of the options.
*Do you have a family member that can lend you the cash to pay off what you owe?
*If not, what about your bank?
*Ask them for a loan that you can repay over a period of time you feel comfortable with.
*That way you begin to take control over the situation and you will soon begin to whittle away at that sudden debt.
Yours in dealing with debt,
With debt consolidation poor credit can become a thing of the past and enable you to get back on your feet financially!
So the first question you probably have is if you qualify for debt consolidation. Poor credit isn’t necessarily a barrier to you getting a loan to consolidate your debt as the companies understand your situation.
You do, however, have to have an explanation when you apply for a loan for debt consolidation. In fact, poor credit requires you to explain how you came to be in arrears and, just as importantly, why things are going to be different now.
Both the banks and the loan companies understand that from time to time anyone can fall on hard times. That’s especially true with the current economic situation. What they really want to be certain of is that if they help you fix the problem you will be able to pay the money back to them.
Before you apply for a loan for debt consolidation you need to sit down and figure what you’re going to say to them. First up, make sure you only tell them the truth. One of the biggest reasons why people get turned down for debt consolidation isn’t poor credit! It’s because they lied on their application form. It’s that simple.
Think about it. If you were asked to help someone out would you trust them if they lied to you? Of course you wouldn’t and neither will the loan companies. They are looking for people to lie to them on their applications and they are very good at spotting the tall tales. They have a lot of practice!
So what do you say to them? You tell them how you came to be in arrears with your finances, and don’t be embarrassed. They’d sooner help someone who’s honest enough to admit a mistake than think you’re hiding something.
If you’re behind on your bills because your hours have been cut at work; tell them. If you’re looking for a part-time job to help you get back on your feet again, tell them. They aren’t trying to judge you as a person; they simply want to know that they will get their money back.
So forget all the hassle of debt collection calls and get peace of mind, because with debt consolidation poor credit really can be a thing of the past.
Yours in getting out of debt,