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5 Tips for Tackling Debt

Once someone is in debt, it is incredibly hard to get out. And many consumers find themselves buried in an endless cycle of high interest charges, bills, and fees. However, there are ways to get out of debt. By following these simple tips, you can tackle your debt and work towards building a better financial future.

Get organized. Gather all your latest statements, set up files for each debt account you have, and keep track of all the important information for each account (your balances, due dates, interest rates, and any extra fees). Having all this information handy will make it much easier to make a plan.

Make a budget. Now that you have everything organized, you can start creating a budget. Calculate your monthly income and necessary expenses (rent, utilities, food, etc…). By separating the necessities from your extra expenditures, you can create a reasonable budget for yourself.

Call your creditors. If you are in over your head, try calling your creditors. If you explain your situation to them, they may help you by reducing your interest rate or putting you on a longer repayment term. Many consumers have gotten help simply for asking.

Don’t take out more loans to get out of debt. Many people take out more unsecured loans or cash advances to pay off their debt. This will just send you into a debt cycle! Taking out a loan may provide temporary relief, but it will not be lasting. You will just end up with more money, higher interest charges, and more fees to pay back.

Stop overspending. If you are in debt, it is easy to keep getting more and more in debt. So, stop spending carelessly, and only spend money on things that are necessary. Focus on paying off the debts you have, not racking up more!