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Debt Relief

Mar 27, 2008
Debt can be a terrible burden as it often creeps up on an individual who hasn't recognized they have a problem; your financial fate is actually in your hands and to improve your situation you will have to start looking into your options. There are many ways to provide debt relief but whichever you choose, you must have a degree of commitment to being debt free or it will not work. It is essential to manage debts carefully and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Do not let panic over the situation rule your actions as you will probably end up in a worse predicament. The order of the day is to continue paying your debts of regularly unless you want your credit rating to plummet.

Step one is to sit down and list all your monthly expenses and place them into columns of those that must be paid and those that you can live without. Cut the credit card purchases by introducing a habit of paying in cash as this will restrict your expenditure to the amount of cash you are carrying.

One strategy is to set money aside for your debt relief that normally you would spend on non-essential items and call it your repayment fund; although it will take a while to grow, patience is the key to paying debts. You will also find that if you do not eat out as regularly or continue with other types of entertainment then this too can go into the fund and help pay off your creditors one by one.

Whilst home refinancing is a way to pay off your debts many people try to reduce their outgoings instead, this just gives the person a bigger mortgage but this just increases the amount you will pay in the future. Although this is a great way to raise spare cash in the short term you may not think that way a few years later so consider if this is really right for you.

You can use cash to pay for your credit card debts and so reduce the monthly payments and help with your debt relief and although your cash flow will increase, so will the amount owed on the credit card. Whilst bankruptcy seems to be the only answer there are serious elements to take into account and you would be wise to consult with a specialist bankruptcy attorney first.

It is possible to withdraw funds from your individual retirement account and avoid bankruptcy but this will seriously undermine your financial position when you retire. Unfortunately once you withdraw from your IRA, you will lose your future tax-deferred returns so do decide where things are going wrong and then consult with your counselor over your debt relief situation before you go any further.
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