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What Are My Debt Relief Options?

Apr 19, 2008
If you are in debt the worst thing you can do is pretend the problem doesn't exist; admitting there is a problem is a good start as it will allow the person to seek help and regain control of their finances. Seeking debt relief means that you admitted you are in trouble but you must take the next steps seriously as there is a great deal to lose otherwise. The only way out of this situation is by learning how to control your money.

The first thing to avoid is being disturbed by the situation as this will hinder any positive action on your part. It is often the case where a loan is taken out but circumstances change and it becomes a burden but you need to continue the repayments.

The easiest way to approach this is to calculate everything you have to pay out regularly both necessities and those inconsequential items that mount up each month. 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.

You will be surprised to learn that spare money is available which can be put to good use; saving it as part of your debt relief solution, even if it takes a while for it to be worth anything. Also, putting a limit on unnecessary expenses such as entertainment, until the time you have paid off your creditors, any excess money in the repayment fund can be used for this purpose.

There are times when debts are mounting and there is equity in your home it may seem like a good idea to refinance your mortgage and pay off your debts but this just means they will last much longer. Before you go down this route you must think about why you want this option when there are others that can be used.

One method of reducing the amount of cash paid out monthly, albeit a short term one, is to use cash out on your credit card to pay for the monthly installment. Where the situation is so bad that there are no other solutions, then bankruptcy should be considered but only after an in depth discussion with a debt counselor or a bankruptcy attorney.

Unfortunately, some people in debt avoid bankruptcy and resort to using their individual retirement account to help pay their debts but you are on a slippery slope if you take this route. Any future tax deferred returns will be lost with this action and it should never be used as a quick fix when other good solid ways for debt relief are available but might require a little effort.
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