How To Get Out Of Debt
Many people want to know how to get out of debt but do not want to hear that they will have to work hard to do it. The truth is that getting out of debt can be difficult but anyone can do it. Just work hard and follow these steps to become debt free.
- Stop spending more money than you make. No one can get out of a hole if they keep digging, so stop digging your financial hole. Put your credit cards on a block of ice and swear off payday loans. It is only then that you can ever really get out of debt.
- Start a budget. Most people get into debt because they do not have a budget to tell them how much they can spend, and then they fill the financial gap with debt. This can be avoided with a simple budget listing your income and expenses. If your income does not cover your expenses, then start finding ways to save money.
- Make more money. Once your budget is complete, find ways to make extra money to pay off your debt. Get a second job, tutor students on the weekend or even donate plasma. Whatever it is that you do for extra money really does not matter so long as the money you make is used to get out of debt.
- Gather your statements. Now that you have a budget, you need to know how much you owe to your creditors. Write down how much you owe on each debt, the interest rate and your minimum payment.
- Pay the minimum payment on each debt. Before you can pay off your debt, you need to be able to cover at least the minimum payment on each debt. So make sure that all your minimum payments are made before you start trying to tackle a particular debt.
- Apply any extra funds toward the debt with the highest interest rate. Don’t stop putting extra money toward this debt until it is completely paid off. By paying extra toward the debt with the highest interest rate, you will get out of debt faster and save money on interest.
- Once the first debt is paid off, pay any surplus money you have to the next debt. Then when that one is paid off, move on to the next debt you have.
- Continue through your debts in the same manner until you are completely out of debt. It may take years to get completely out of debt, but it is worth it once you do. So keep working to pay off your debts one by one until they are gone.