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Finance - How To Keep Up Monthy Payments

Aug 18, 2007
At some point in time you have probably been forced to take out a loan or use a credit card for an unexpected event. Most people have a loan or some form of credit that they have to account for each month, it is important to keep these payments up to date to avoid late charges that may cause you to slip further into debt.

It is wise to look at your finances on a regular basis in order to budget what is coming out and determine if you have sufficient funds to cover these outgoings.

When you organise your finances it is a good idea to create a list of all the outgoings including any loans or credit cards you have that need to be paid on a per month basis. Once you have created your list make a new one but this time prioritise it so that the most important and urgent items are at the top and will be paid first.

Generally most people opt to pay the minimum payment on credit cards which is usually just the interest this means you are unlikely to pay off the actual amount you have borrowed.

If you have any spare money at the end of the month I would recommend you use this to pay off credit cards, remember to factor in the cost of living when working your finances out to avoid having to pay for day to day home running costs on a credit card. .

If you have any form of bonus scheme with your place of employment and receive a cash sum on a regular basis try to avoid blowing it on something you do not need and instead use it to reduce your monthly outgoings, this will in turn leave you with more money left over each month.

Paying off more than the minimum amount when it comes to loans and credit cards will reduce the length of time you have to pay on the loan or credit card it will also help your credit score if the loan is paid off on time and the repayment deadlines are met each month.

Sorting out your finances may seem like a chore and something that you cant face doing, sometimes not knowing exactly how much debt you are in seems like a better idea than facing the truth however ignorance is not always bliss. Knowing exactly what you owe, what out goings you have and how much extra you can afford to pay out could mean that your debt problems can be resolved sooner rather than later.

Not knowing when payments are due and wasting extra money that could have been used to reduce your debt can lead to a downward spiral where you may find yourself in a situation of taking out one loan to pay another.
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Allen Jesson writes for several sites that specialize in Loans Finance & Insurance, Debt Consolidation and Refinancing
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