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Helping you Make a "Get Out of Debt" Plan

Apr 15, 2008
When you have an overabundance of debt, it's natural to want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Interest costs can really add up, and having too much debt makes it difficult or impossible to take on debt for things you need. But when we're faced with more debt than we can handle, it is important not to panic.

It is in your best interest to try to get out of debt on your own if possible. Many people make the error of assuming they can pay off their debt really quick. They go ahead and set goals that aren't realistic, and when they can't reach them they get discouraged or give up. Many end up filing bankruptcy, because they feel there is no other hope for them.

You need to be realistic with your plans. Sit down and make a very thorough budget, including all of your monthly expenses. You then need to determine what you can live without, and take that money you save and put towards paying off your bills. The following are some things you can look at cutting out of your spending:

* Eating out. Whether you pick up fast food for lunch when you're working, or go out to eat with friends at a fancy restaurant once a week, you can cut costs here. Take your lunch to work, and have dinner with your friends once a month instead of once a week. Or better yet, suggest a less expensive activity that you can do together.

* Vices. Cigarettes, lattes, and other things we buy as a matter of habit are good places to cut back. Quitting smoking is good for you anyway, and switching to regular coffee, made at home with some flavored creamer, would be less expensive. Every little bit helps.

Entertainment- be sure to look at where to spend money on entertainment and cut back. Try to rent movies in, instead of going out to movies all the time. It is important to not completely deprive yourself and be bored, but to cut back within reason.

* Travel. With gas prices usually going up instead of down, cutting back on travel can be a real money saver. Carpooling, and combining trips as much as possible, are two ways that can save you a substantial amount of money on travel.

Depending on how much debt you have and what you can pay toward it, it may take many months or even years to pay off your debt. Keeping making more than the minimum payments each month, and you will find yourself making progress. Importantly, make your payments on time each month to keep your credit in good standing. With a little patience and hard work, you will find yourself someday to be free of debt.
About the Author
Do you budget for your spending every month? If not, that could be why you're dealing with all credit card debt. Learn how to pay off your debt faster and with less interest paid on the Debtopedia website. Get your copy of my report "Secrets of Credit Card Debt" at www.Debtopedia.com
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