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Managing Debt 101

Apr 17, 2008
Many people consider debt management as just rearranging their budget to pay off their debt. It involves more that just this and it actually works better if it can be done before that debts are too much to handle.

In simply terms, debt management just means keeping debt at a level where it can be handled. People who correctly manage their debt can usually pay off their credit card balances monthly and can even put a little extra towards a loan to repay it quicker. They only take on enough debt that they can handle and they make sure that they are able to pay it back.

Ideas for Successful Debt Management

* When going into debt for a necessity like a house or car, shop around for the best interest rates. This will keep your monthly payments lower. But that doesn't mean that you can't put extra money toward the payment each month and pay the loan off ahead of schedule.

* Check around for credit card offers. They are a wide variety of offers out there. Interest rates vary and some will charge an annual fee. A good idea is to get a card that offers cash back when used.

* Try to only have one or two credit cards. If you have more, you will feel more tempted to use them. If you're controlling your debt, there's no need for a lot of credit cards anyway.

* Try to forgo the temptation of cash advances as the interest rate is generally higher than just a regular purchase. If it's an emergency and you get an advance, the quicker you can pay it back, the less the charge will be.

When Your Debt Becomes Too Much

One of the most important things about managing you debt is realizing when you're getting in over your head. Most people don't realize until it's too late that they have a problem and that makes it harder to get back on track. If you can see that your debt level is becoming too high, it's time to regain control of your finances.

Here are a few early signs that you may be heading for a problem:

* Your minimum monthly payments have become a problem for you to pay. * You are using your credit cards for everyday items and don't pay off the monthly balance. * Your monthly charges add up to more than the amount you're paying. * You're getting closer to your credit limit.

If you are accumulating too much debt, save yourself a lot of bother and money and do something about it now. If you can recognize the signs early and do something about it, you have a better chance of getting back control of your finances.
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