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Is Your Debt Crossing The Limits?

Aug 17, 2007
People start by taking a few debts and gradually the debts taken go on increasing. Buying things on credit enables young people to buy their first house, vehicle, etc but it is essential to know where to draw the line. You should not immerse yourselves so much into debts that you will end up bankrupt trying to pay them off. Here are a few pointers that will help put the amount you owe into perspective and determine whether your debts are manageable.

Firstly, just being able to pay all your monthly installments does not mean that you are comfortably placed. You should try to pay much higher than the minimum stipulated amount. Only doing so will eliminate the debt faster. If your credit card and other debts run into decades imagine the amount of money being paid in the form of interest.

If you have credit card debts that cannot be paid off within about 3 months, your debts are too high. The amount you are paying as interest could have been easily saved and deposited in a bank and earned you interest, thereby increasing your wealth. Such debts are too much of a burden on your finances.

If all your monthly income goes in paying off your debts you will not be able to save adequately. You may have to make even trivial purchases like groceries on your store cards, despite the higher interest rate. If you find your income not sufficient to meet your debts, it is a clear indication that your debts have crossed the desired limit.

Some other more obvious signs of taking excessive debts area:
You find it hard to keep a count of your debts and their amounts.
You are denied credit.
The checks you issue bounce.
You receive continuous calls from your creditors.
Your credit card has been suspended.
You lie regarding or hide your purchases from your partner.
If you notice these happenings in your life, it is time you cut down on your debts.

The most effective way to get rid of them is to formulate a realistic budget, a budget that you will be defintely able to stick to along with fulfilling your basic needs. Enlist all your sources of income and expenses. Plan so that your expenses do not exceed your income and you can save a sufficient amount to pay your monthly installments. It is then imperative to stick to this budget and meet the necessary targets.
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Jay Moncliff is the founder of http://badcreditdebtdeals.debtrelief2000.info ; a website specialized on debt reduction , resources and articles. More info on debt reduction , counseling debt at: counseling debt .
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