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Five Simple Ways To Get Out Of Debt

Feb 13, 2008
Debt can be overwhelming, especially when we've taken on too much of it. It looms over our heads, overshadowing everything else at times. Getting into debt has become easier than it once was, and one of the results is more people who have trouble making ends meet.

When you're faced with debt, it can seem impossible to get control of it. But if you recognize the problem early enough, it can be fairly simple. If you're struggling with your debts, here are five ways to get rid of them and get your finances back on track.

1. Pay more than the minimum payments. Ideally, we should pay off our credit card balances every month, but sometimes we don't or can't. Paying more than just the minimum payment will allow us to pay off our debts much faster. It also has the potential to save us a lot of money, because the quicker we pay credit cards off, the less interest accrues.

This tip is true for other types of loans and credit as well - car loans, mortgages, etc. In some cases, particularly mortgages, you may be faced with a prepayment penalty, but if there is no penalty for paying your debt off early, you should do so.

2. Cut down your expenses and put what you save toward paying off your debt. If you look at your spending over a month, you'll most likely find some things that you don't really need. Every dollar you save and put towards your debt gets you close to being debt-free.

3. Sell things you have around the house that you don't need or use. Have you got a second car that you don't use very often? Maybe a second computer that isn't really getting much use? Even just gathering up things that you don't need any longer and having a yard sale can help you raise some money for paying down your debt.

4. Find some ways to make a little extra money. You could start working a second job, start your own business or even do something as simple as babysitting or delivering newspapers. If you put all the extra money you earn toward paying off your debt, you shouldn't have to do the extra work for too long.

5. Consolidate your debts, but make sure you understand the consequences. One of the ways you can do this is to transfer all your outstanding credit cards onto a single low-interest card. This usually lowers your monthly minimum payment so if you keep making the same payments you have been, the balance will be paid off sooner. Stay away from home equity loans or other secured loans if you can since that will put your property at risk.

Getting out of debt may be easier than you think. Often a few minor adjustments are all that's needed to eradicate a debt problem, especially if it is attended to early on. Then you can learn from your mistakes and keep your debt manageable.
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