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Once You Have a Plan to Relieve Debt, Stick to It

Jul 18, 2008
You've recognized that you have a debt problem, and you've come up with a plan to get rid of it. You've made a budget, you've cut back where you can, and you've allocated funds to put toward each of your bills each month. You've come a long way, but the most important thing is to stick to it for the long haul.

Sticking with a debt relief plan is the hardest thing for many people to do. Part of the problem is that many debtors just aren't good at managing their finances, and that is part of the reason they got in too much debt in the first place. Others had their debt under control until they lost a source of income, and they have trouble adjusting.

There are things we can do to help us stick to our debt relief plans. Here are some ideas:

* Eliminate the source of temptation. If you have trouble saying no to purchases when you have a credit card in your pocket, put all of the plastic away in a safe place. If just knowing where the credit cards are tempts you to use them, have your spouse or someone else you trust hide them.

* Keep track of your expenses. You can use a planner or a notebook to make a note of everything you spend your money on and where it was spent. Doing so will help you to stick to your budget and reduce the likelihood of straying from your spending plan.

* Close accounts when the balance reaches zero. Knowing that a balance has been cleared from a credit card account can be an enormous temptation to spend for some individuals. You will still maintain your good credit if you close all accounts except for one with a low interest rate to use if it becomes necessary.

* When offers for loans or credit cards arrive in your mailbox, destroy them immediately. Opening a new line of credit when you are already in debt is one of the worst things you could possibly do to eliminate debt.

* Be patient with yourself when you have a setback. Don't let one bad spending relapse stop you from staying with your debt relief plan. Continue working to establish good financial habits. It can be done with patience and effort.

Establishing a well arranged strategy for eradicating debt is a huge step to finally being free of it, and staying with it is absolutely essential if you want everything to work out successfully. Having a sense of financial responsibility and resisting temptations to over spend will help you accomplish your goals related to getting rid debt.
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If you own your home and are dealing with too much debt, you might want to consider some homeowner debt consolidation solutions. Learn more about consolidating your debt on the Inside Debt Consolidation website. Visit http://www.insidedebtconsolidation.com/info.php to sign up for a free copy of my debt consolidation e-course.
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