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Secrets to Reducing your Debt and Becoming Debt-Free

Published: February 21, 2016
by Joseph Showalter (World Money Experts)

Eliminating debt requires a bit of sacrifice, you need to understand that you have to take control over your spending. The first step would be to reduce inefficient expenditure, avoid buying things you will not need. In fact, do not buy anything other than what is strictly necessary. Tag your needs with labels such as “urgent”, “highly necessary”, “slightly necessary”, “unnecessary”, etc. Once you have established and committed to a strict budget you will be able to save money for leisure but till then avoid careless expenditure.

Budgeting

Design a budget where you will state your income and your spending, do not conceal anything. Do not forget to add any non regular expenses as your overall spending is not only made of everyday expenses. If you prepare it consciously you will see that you have expenses on a daily basis, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, yearly, twice a year, etc. You must be very careful in the process of making a budget since it will determine how much money you will be able to destine to eliminating debt.

Debt Settlement Agencies

You can contact a debt settlement agency. This agencies are specialized in providing assistance to those in debt and are known to reduce peoples debt up to 70% in some cases, do not expect such a high reduction however since it is only achieved in special circumstances. But you can expect a consistent reduction on the amount of interests that you pay and sometimes a modification in the length of the outstanding loans. Getting a cut on the principal of loans and credit card debts can sometimes be achieved but is more unlikely. Ironically there are more chances to get a higher reduction when your accumulated debt is out of control and your ability to repay is poorer.

Consolidation Loans

You can also apply for a consolidation loan; these loans are specially designed to be used to pay off any outstanding debt. The overall interest rate will be considerably reduced and so will be the monthly payments. More importantly you will end up with a single fixed monthly installment that will let you foresee your financial future with some certainty. Bear in mind though, that when this happens, you may be tempted to incur in additional expenses you have been postponing due to the lack of money. Refrain from doing so for you may reenter the vicious circle of debt you have just abandoned, your debt will rise again to higher amounts, you will not be able to consolidate again and all your efforts will be useless.