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How To Get Out Of Personal Debt

Aug 17, 2007
Personal debts can see your hard earned money vanishing without you even realizing it. This happens, simply because of over-spending. Having said that, how can this be controlled.

Credit Cards

Credit cards, whilst having their own advantages, give people a sense of false wealth. Banks give maximum amounts you can use every month letting you think you have that amount to use up. If you use the credit card for all your purchases, you may have the tendency to spend more that you should. Think carefully before you swipe that card. Remember that for every swipe there is an added amount of interest hiding there somewhere. Use your credit card only for big things, meaning those that are high priced. Or use it only for items that have been budgeted for.

Always get zero interest rates and discounts your credit card company offers. If they do not have zero interest rates settle for the lowest interest fees.

Limit yourself to having one or two credit cards. By doing this, you limit yourself in spending too. That would definitely reduce the upper limit of your spending, and control your personal credit card debt.

Loans

Loans are useful and good if used wisely. If you are a wise spender you will use it to your advantage. Always remember to get the lowest interest fees or better the one with zero interest rates. Look carefully into the installment plans. Be sure you can pay for that specific amount every month. If not go for a plan with longer plans. Look into these interest rates as well. Be sure you pay your loans before its due date. You will incur late charges if your payments are late. This way, you can also control your personal loan debt.

Shopaholic

Do not go after every sale in town. Are you saving by buying during the sales or just merely spending more? Or do you buy almost every item that looks good? Limit your spending to planned purchases.

The Lose Change

Save the coins which are part of the change returned to you. It may look little but over a period of time, this can add up to quite a bit. If you do not like carrying the coins around, then just drop them into any container, that you can keep for this purpose. Once you save a good amount, you can get the bank to exchange them for bills.

You might find times that you might actually find that you can put this savings to some good use.

Emergencies

Make sure you have some emergency funds. You never know when you will need it. If you do not have this, then you will end up having to use your credit card or getting a loan.

Planning your spending based on your income will help more than anything else to ensure that you do not get into personal debt. Besides staying out of debt, also start saving. Plan for the future. Think of the reasons you will need the savings in the future. This will motivate you to not only stay out of personal debt but also to save.
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Regina Maniam shares information on how you can manage personal debts. You can find more information at http://www.yourdebtreliefguide.com.
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