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Aug 17, 2007
Many who are in debt understand how it feels to have less options. Those in debt can often feel helpless and uninformed about how to successfully get out of this seemingly unforgiving bind. It may be intimidating, stressful, shameful and hopeless. But there is always a solution to these types of problems.

Sometimes the answers are so completely basic we neglect to give them any credence. Listed below are some basic and simple ways to fight debt that may cost under five dollars or less to use.

These are just a few simple ways that anyone who wants to be rid of debt can do themselves to make the fight easier. Also, these same steps can be incorporated for any goal one wants to achieve in their life. Debt is never an easy task and the more tools you have to fight it the better off you will be.

1. Get a copy of your credit report free. Often times, you will see special offers online to get a copy of your credit report free. Sometimes they have trial periods in which you can opt-out at any time. I am not suggesting however you get the special offer an run. But If the price is right, and often times it is, you can get a head start at looking at your credit before you have to pay for it. This buys you time before you recieve a bill for it.

Getting a hold of your credit report can give you smart analytics to your debt and how to fix it. Think of yourself as a landscaper and your credit report as a map of unscaped ugly land that you are going to fix. Use this "credit map" to help you start planning for your future.

2. Get a book on personal finance. Believe it or not many individuals simply do not understand the basics of personal finance, ie. financial planning, balancing a checkbook, keeping records, investing, etc. By getting a book on personal finance, one can help get a well-balanced understanding of what they want to achieve as far as getting out of debt and building a plan for the future. Remember, the more of a professional you are at your own money, the more you can take control of it. Read books about successful financial advisors and how they achieved their successes. The more you know, the better you are equiped to battle such a financial burden.

3. Make a specific financial plan and stick with it. This is the tricky part for sure. You must make a step-by-step blue print of how you are going to deal with your debt. This plan should include specific goals that are not only achieveable but time specific as well.

You must be able to say, "I am going to have all my debt paid off by (some date), and to do this I will..."

Make a clear road map of how you plan to fight your debt whether or not you are going to Settle your debt, go through debt consolidation or debt negotiation, visit a consumer credit counseling center, pay off one credit card at a time, or whatever the means. This is a very crucial part in dealing with your financial difficulties that takes a certain type of desire to accomplish.

After you design a clear blueprint of your goals, you must act! When I say "act" I don't mean kind of sticking to them, I mean make it a number one priority and not just a side project. If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing right. If you truly want to be free from debt, you must at all cost, stick to your plan.

4. Be able to see yourself achieve success. Just like the old proverb, you must be able to visualize yourself as financially independent, if that is your goal. It is extremely important to be able to mentally believe that you are capable of achieving success. Without this, any goal to fight debt and rebuild your credit is futile. Trust that you are capable and don't look back!

5. Be willing to reward yourself for you achievements in fighting debt. If you are planning to rid yourself of debt and regain your credit score, you must be willing to give yourself a reward at certain points of achievement. These points should coincide with your financial plan and should be worth fighting for. By doing this you can help keep yourself on task.
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