If your world has come crashing down and creditors are after your life, remember there is always a way out of every problem. If you are debt-ridden, you can still pay it all off with some planning and personal sacrifices. You got yourself into this financial mess and you can get yourself out of it as well. You simply have to be judicious with your money during this period. A drastic cut down on expenses will help you save enough money to pay at least a part of the money you owe.
If you eat out frequently, then it’s time to stop – at least till you are debt-free. Plan out your grocery budget each week and stick to the plan. Cook food at home – it’s healthier and cost-effective. Cut down on movie expenses by renting DVDs and save on petrol by carpooling.
You can also consider cycling down to your office provided the distances aren’t too big. It’s eco-friendly and it means not having to pay the hefty fuel bills. Another bonus is that it will keep you active and healthy. You can also take the subway to work, if you have a service in your city or town.
Buy discounted clothes – in fact, look out for stores that will give you good deals and discounts. If you have the habit of buying the latest best-sellers and fashion magazines, then you must pay a visit to your local library instead of buying them off shelves. Cut your cable subscription during this period and don’t splurge on weekends – all money-pinching ideas are to be followed throughout the week. Expensive night-outs are a complete no-no during this time.
Keep aside portions of your income and pay off debt as frequently as you can. If you are a credit card defaulter, here are some tips that will help you get rid of debt faster. For starters, pay debts with higher credit card rates in the beginning. Paying off higher rate debts is more crucial than paying off the higher balance. Credit card interests are generally quite high, but you can request your creditor to see if you can transfer the debt to a low interest card.
Being in debt is sad and pitiful as more often than not, family members of the defaulter have to bear the brunt. Reach out to your family and see if they have ideas that you can use to rid yourself of the debt. Involve all family members in money management and saving. Hopefully, the experience will prepare you for the life ahead, as you will learn to value money and manage your finances more carefully.