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Finding your way to Debt reduction


If you’re buried in mountains of debt, you may start feeling hopeless and you may be taking a second look at that form for declaration of bankruptcy. However, there is hope. There is a way to go towards debt reduction. The thing you have to keep in mind is that there is no miracle solution. There are no instant ways to go about it. Debt reduction is a process that will require your patience, diligence and dedication.

Before you embark on the path to reduction, remember not to fall for debt relief scams. Don’t be enticed by promises of “Be debt free in less than six months!” kind of advertisements. Debt reduction requires serious work and effort. If you fall for these scams, you may end up wasting your time and money.

The debt reduction process begins with some research. Find all your bank statements, payment invoices and other related documents. Crunch some number and see how much debt you actually owe. Find out about how much you’re paying for late fees. Learn about the kind of interest rates you have.

Now that you are aware of how much you owe, draft a monthly budget. Find out how you usually spend your money. Then, see where you can cut back. Maybe you can devote less money to vacation or maybe you can cut back on eating out. This may be difficult but you have to remember that debt reduction isn’t about living a luxurious lifestyle. It’s about slowly eliminating debts so you can achieve financial freedom.

If your budget is set, you already know what you need to do in order to get enough money for the minimum payments on all your debts. Stick to that budget and submit the payments on time. If you manage to save some more cash, then add them to your card payments. If you pay more than the minimum, you can settle the debt faster.

Aside from budgeting, you should also consider negotiating with your credit card companies. Talk to them and see if they can lower their rates. Banks prefer to receive smaller payments rather than have you declare bankruptcy. If you’ve gone bankrupt, the credit card company has no choice but to write off the debt and receive nothing from you. So, be persistent and ask for lower interest rates. If you want, you can ask them about the possibility of moving your debt to a zero-interest credit card. As a last resort, consider using your savings to pay off your largest debt.

The last and best thing you can do is to stick to your plans. Commit to paying on time. Monitor your expenses. Discipline yourself and avoid compulsive shopping.

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