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Control Your Spending and Get Out of Debt

Jul 23, 2008
Are you like most consumers in America who have found themselves in debt? Not only is the amount growing, but it seems as if there is no way to get out of debt.

Any monthly unsecured payments are on the rise with both principal and interest and it is getting increasingly difficult to make those payments. Their credit score is taking a hit also, due to late payments and as a result they are ending up with bad credit.

If this situation sounds all too familiar, it is first important that you understand exactly what unsecured debt is. Also, what is a debt settlement program and do you qualify? The first problem people have is the debt accumulated by their credit cards.

Next, there are past due medical bills, late rent, any payday loans or any other unsecured loan (that is not from the government). If you are looking to settle your debts make sure you understand that a secured loan does not qualify. Those would be your mortgage, automobile loan or any student loans.

Ok so what are your options? The first and most obvious choice, although not the easiest, would to be start controlling your spending! Sounds like the best choice, but for most people the more money that comes in also comes with the urge to spend.

Ideally, it would be great if you could set aside some money every month, start saving and then pay down your unsecured debt. Sometimes other factors get in the way for people struggling with their debts. If you have been thinking about filing bankruptcy, know that the laws have changed.

It is harder now to declare it and plan on having it follow you around for ten years. Debt settlement is seen as a last option before taking that step towards bankruptcy.

By settling your debts this will reduce your monthly payments into one. This payment is put aside until you have collected a large enough amount, then the attorneys will work on settling your debts.

Typically this is a one time payment; most of the creditors are willing to settle your debts (between 20-70% of your outstanding balance). The average debt settlement program can have your debts eliminated within one to three years.

If debt settlement is an option for you, it's best to start saving money now! Once you have settled those debts make sure that you take full advantage of the free credit report available to you every year. The debts you have settled should reflect a balance of zero, although this does not erase any delinquent payments prior to the settlement.

Make sure that you understand this process will ruin your credit. Yet, if you are so far in debt that you cannot even make payments, the last thing you want to do is apply for any other lines of credit. Another bad idea is to use credit to pay off your debt. This will make a bad situation even worse.

If the creditors are still calling you and harassing for payments, let them know that you are working with a debt settlement program. Give them the company's info so the process of resolving those unsecured debts will move along even faster.

Try and remember that it is really important to cut back on your spending habits. Take this time to really evaluate where your money is going. A budget is the quickest and easiest way to keep tabs on your expenses. Once you look at where you are spending each month you can decide where to cut back.

After settling your debts, getting into a credit repair program can really benefit you. This will only take a year, but it is well worth the time. Before you know it you will have the financial freedom you have been dreaming of for years.
About the Author
Christina Costa, a freelance writer, recommends eQuoteGrabber.com for debt relief where you can receive help with all of your personal debt settlement needs in seconds! Visit http://www.eQuoteGrabber.com
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