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Pay Off Your Bills Even In Debt

Jun 8, 2008
Paying your monthly bills when you are in debt can be a major problem. In fact, you may find that you are borrowing from one creditor to pay another and vice versa. This may help you make your monthly payments in the short run, but in the long run it will get you in big trouble.

Being in debt is no fun, but most Americans have some level of debt with a percentage being over their heads in debt. The good news is that no matter how in debt you are you can always work your way out with commitment, dedication, and by following these suggestions.

Tip 1. Pay Double the Minimum

When you get your credit card bill you have a minimum amount you must pay. You could owe 10,000 dollars and the minimum payment will be only 250 dollars. If you really want to get out of debt, reduce the amount you pay in interest, and pay off your debt fast then double the amount of the minimum.

You may be thinking that you are struggling to pay the 250 dollars per month, how could you possibly pay 500 dollars? There are several options. First, you could stop eating out. Only eat at home and only meals that are affordable.

Buy bread, deli meat, and cheese and survive on sandwiches. Or, make rice and eat that. Regardless of what you eat, you can save a ton of money and put it straight to your debt. It won't be fun, but it will help you out of debt. You could also turn off your cable, Internet, and cell phone.

This could easily save you 100 dollars or more per month. In the spare time you have when you aren't watching TV, surfing the web, or chatting on the phone, you could get a part time job. Doing this will certainly help you pay off your debt faster.

And, the good news is that when you are out of debt you will have some disposable income from the income that you were spending on your credit cards and now no longer have to!

Tip 2. Control Spending

If you truly want to get out of debt and stay out of debt then you have to change your habits. It is not easy to stop buying that daily cappuccino or not go buy a new outfit every weekend. However, if you want to be out of debt then you will have to make this sacrifice.

The same thing goes for not buying things you can't afford. You don't buy a plasma TV if you can't afford it. If you want a big ticket item then work overtime and then buy it outright. You will enjoy it more!

Tip 3. Don't Apply for Credit

It is hard not to apply for a credit card when a "pre-approved" offer arrives in the mail. Since you can't control yourself with these offers it is best to have your name taken off the pre-screened credit list. Doing this will help you not apply for new credit and focus on paying off your debt.
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