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Your First Step To Debt Relief Is Creating A Workable Budget

Aug 17, 2007
Everyone must borrow at some time in their life. There are certain items that we have to buy out of necessity, but we can't pay in full just yet. An example of this is a home or tuition for college.

Eventually, however, loans come due and you as the borrower must start repaying at the terms agreed upon between yourself and the lender. If you have a little discipline and can plan out how much you should save each and every month in order to meet these payments, you will be able to uphold your obligations.

Prioritize your bills by making a list so it would be more organized because you could see it right in front of you. Also, establish which payments hold a higher importance over those you could schedule paying some other time.

Essential Debt:

The most important debts are what you can refer to as essential debts.

The essential debts are debts that should be on top of your list, such as:
- Rent or mortgage. These are the most basic of debts because you need to have shelter.

- Child support. If you don't pay on time, there's a possibility you can be held behind bars. Besides, your children are your future and you don't want to mess that up now do you?

- Utility bills. With every paycheck set aside a budget on gas, heating, water, electricity or telephone. In doing so, when the bill comes, then you have something prepared.

- Car payments. This also includes car maintenance.

- Other secured loans. If you don't repay collaterals, the creditor takes the property even without court interference.

Non-Essential Debt:

These can be set aside because when these aren't paid, you won't feel as many repercussions. It's a desired goal, as paying off all your debts should be, but not really a priority. The only concern that can be considered when you don't pay non-essentials debts for a long period of time is the negative image it could project on your credit report.

- Department store and gasoline charges. Failure to pay these charges may result in losing credit card privileges. If it's too large, you might be sued.

- Loans from friends and relatives. Morally speaking, there is an obligation to pay but sometimes since they're family, we think that they will understand if we can't. Check with them if you can delay the payment and ask them for how long.

- Legal and accounting bills. If these remain unpaid after a long period of time, then that's when you might be sued.

- Newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Little by little, if you haven't paid, they'll amount to so much

- Other unsecured loans. In unsecured loans, there's no collateral for the debt. This means that the creditor can sue and then collect the debt.

Here's the confusing part. Some of the bills border between essential and non-essential. If you let these bills defer for a long period of time, it could have consequences in your personal life.

- Auto insurance. The consequence in some states is losing your driver's license.

- Medical insurance of bills. If you have a tainted record, you might have a hard time getting new insurance in the future.

- Credit and charge cards. If you don't pay your bills on time, you might lose your credit privileges and would have a hard time applying for a new credit card.

Now that we laid out the groundwork on how you can prioritize which bill to pay first, we move on to having a time frame.

It's best that you have a calendar in front of you. A palm pilot or the calendar in your Microsoft Office program will do. Mark the dates wherein you would have to pay the specific debt - be it essential or non-essential. Then what you can do is set aside the bill that is allotted for that debt.

As for the budget, prevention is always better than cure. You know how much you get in a month. That being in mind, you must allot how much percentage of your salary shall go to which bill. Then do your best to stick to that budget.


Write down your monthly income on a piece of paper. In another column write down all your monthly expenses. Total them up and compare them. Hopefully your income outweighs your expenses and you have a surplus. If that's the case then you can save a little each month to have as an emergency fund or you can pay a little extra on one of your bills.

Even in a budget, you must list which is number one for you. Have the discipline to stick to your priority, your budget and your time frame. If you succeeded, paying the bills won't be any problem.
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