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Get Debt Relief - Use Dateline Paying

May 24, 2008
Okay, so you are in debt and your creditors are screaming. How do you handle it and get debt relief without having a nervous breakdown? Use a simple tool called Dateline Paying.

Dateline paying is a simple method of paying oldest bills first, based on the due date. The dateline tells you how far back in time your past due bills go. And yes, credit card debt should be treated just like any other past due bill. There are a few simple steps to this strategy that anyone can do.

1 - Make a list of all your past due bills and credit card debt. Use a report from your accounting program or a spreadsheet of some kind so you can sort them by due date. Be sure and put in a bill for more than the minimum payment for each credit card or line of credit.

Make the credit card bill for the amount you want to try to pay over the few weeks before the payment is actually due. For example, if your minimum payment is running at $400, put a bill in for $600.

2 - At the end of each business week, carve off 15% of the income to use to pay past due bills and debt. Use the remaining 85% to pay current operating expenses to keep the doors open, the lights on and the telephone ringing to get in more income.

Be sure and use some of the 85% for promoting your products and services to keep customers buying, and set a bit aside as a cushion to handle emergencies.

3 - Use the 15% to pay the debt by dateline - oldest bills first. Always use a portion of it to pay suppliers and part to pay credit card debt.

4 - Pay a bit against credit card debt each week using on-line paying.

Why? Because you stop the daily interest compounding on the amount that you paid. This can save you a lot of money in unnecessary interest charges over time. It also keeps you from being late on your payments and avoiding the late payment charges. In addition, it eliminates the scrambling to come up with a big chunk of cash to pay the credit debt on the week the statement says the payment is due.

5 - Pay past due bills from suppliers - oldest bill first. The only exception is a supplier who refuses to ship more product that you need in order to produce more income, or one who is threatening legal action. Those are dangerous situations that must be handled immediately.

6 - Work out how to raise your income so that you have an increasing amount of money to use to work this debt relief strategy.

Systematically working at paying both ends of the dateline, 15% to past due bills and 85% to current operating expenses, gradually moves the dateline forward to present time until you are current on your bills and out of debt.

You can easily see this dateline paying strategy working for you if you make a graph of the total debt you owe and plot the figure each week so you can see the amount of debt coming down. Not only does it help you confront the debt you created, it validates the actions you are taking to get that situation handled.
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Sandra Simmons, President of Money Management Solutions has years of experience helping business owners and individuals manage their money to get out of debt and achieve financial freedom. Claim your FREE REPORT "7 Fatal Money Management Mistakes Business Owners Make"
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