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Debt Relief Tips guide

By Mansi gupta

Debt can make the life of any individual miserable. Interest rates and day by day mounting debts, can actually kill a person. Thus it is very essential to manage debts and get rid of them as soon as possible. Debt management is the need of the hour. A person should seriously pay heed to his debts before it gets too late.

This article provides you some simple steps to debt management.

1. The first thing you should do is not to get disturbed. Different loans end up giving you huge debts, but you should plan to pay them off judiciously. Lying in tension and anxiety will not help you repay your debts.

2. Create a budget for yourself. Add all your income, payments, expenses and everything else that requires expenditure. This will help you check wastage of money. Your budget will tell you all small and inconsequential expenses that are unnecessary and can be eliminated if you try to. Also cut the credit card purchases. Make it a habit to pay in cash. This will restrict your expenditure to the amount of cash you are carrying.

3. Make a repayment fund and remember to don't forget to keep aside some money for this fund. In the beginning the fund may seem to be of no use but gradually it will benefit you a lot. So any excess of cash should be put in the repayment fund.

4. Try and put a limit to your unnecessary expenses such as on entertainment till the time you have paid off your creditors. Create a list of creditors in the order of urgency of repayment. Once you have saved enough money in your repayment fund, pay off your creditors one by one in order.

5. At times when the debt is too big, people plan to refinance their mortgages. You can refinance your home and pay off the debt but this would mean taking on a bigger mortgage. So to avoid it you can keep your existing debts and pay non-deductible interest to the credit card banks. But prior to adopting either of the options, think that whether the choice of debt repayment instrumental in having you money, if yes then which way will be ideal for you. Keep in mind that there are other ways too. For instance you can use cash out to pay for your credit card debt and so reduce the monthly payments. Though your cash flow will increase with this but due to it the new mortgage will cost more than the current loan terms. But in case your debt is so high that you have to file a bankruptcy, mortgage option does not hold for you. So it is better that prior to making any move you consult a bankruptcy attorney and know what is best suited to you.

6. Many times people plan to pay off their debts with the money in their retirement accounts (IRA). But such an act can badly affect your future. It is deemed to be a foolish and self- defeating act where you lose some good amount of money. For once you withdraw from your IRA, you will lose your future tax-deferred returns. Therefore it is better that you sit down, do some stock taking to know exactly where things are going wrong, then consult with your counselor and take a step further.
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