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Three Mistakes to Avoid When Trying To Get Out Of Debt

While falling into debt is very easy, getting out of it is a mammoth task. Some people find it so difficult to get out of debt that they take years or never manage to. Well, the saying that only the rich can live debt free no longer holds! You too can get out of the debt that has plagued you for years.

Think of a strategy like the snowball method that helps you to attack the debts starting with the smallest and then gains momentum to clear even the largest ones. Besides, you might also find it necessary to consolidate the debts into one loan for convenience, reduced rates, and peace of mind. Therefore, it is not impossible. While you ponder on the best strategy to use for clearing debts, here are five mistakes that you must avoid at all cost.

Starting to pay the debt before having a budget

The biggest mistake that you can make when planning to repay debts is starting without a budget. To help clear the debt, you must be able to identify excesses and cut them to direct the money towards addressing the debt. Working without a budget simply throws money into clearing debt without a clear strategy that could end up having no effect. It is important first to identify the right strategy, work on a budget, and maintain strict discipline when you set off repaying the debt.

Not factoring personal expenses in the debt repayment plan

While the main objective is clearing the loan, you must be realistic with the adopted approach. First, you must cater for all the important expenses such as rent, food, transport, and medical costs. In fact, we advise people not to throw all the reserve cash to clearing the debt but to establish a separate reserve that can be used to handle unexpected expenses. For example, if after cutting on expenses you have an extra £ 100; it is advisable to direct £50 to clear your debt and to put the remaining £50 to a reserve fund. In the event of an emergency during the debt clearance period, you will not be forced to sink deeper into debt.

Consolidating loans without addressing the root causes 

One of the best strategies for getting out of debt is debt consolidation. The method is very effective especially when the new loan has a lower interest rate. However, one underlying issue that must be addressed before taking to loan consolidation is checking into the root causes. Many are the times when people consolidate debts but fall into the same trap six months later.

Find out what caused the debts and change your lifestyle completely. For example, if the debt resulted from overspending on the credit card, one can consider doing away with it entirely. There are other methods such as e-wallets are equally effective and only allow you to spend what you have.

Conclusion

Success in getting out of debt demands adoption of the right strategy and strict discipline. However, the outlined mistakes can compromise the ability to plan, follow your plan, and maintain the requisite consistency to the end. Make sure to avoid them and review the progress of the adopted strategy regularly to ensure that results are within sight.

 

 

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Debt stress – how to cope and get through it

If you were to ask any living human being, their ultimate desire is to make lots of money and live without a care in the world. When you think about it, we spend many hours, days and weeks of our lives on earth thinking about money, how to make it and ultimately spend it. While some of us are wise enough to live within their means, some of us choose the dangerous path of living large while piling up copious amounts of debt. The resultant effect is debilitating stress, depression, anxiety, fear just to mention but a few. That said, how can you relieve stress associated with immense debt? How can you cope and ultimately get out of a situation that could ultimately bring your life to a screeching halt?

Acceptance

To deal with debt stress, you need to accept your situation and face your demons. Being in denial won’t help you and it’s therefore about time you took stock of how deep you are into debt and put in motion strategies of getting out of it. Accept that what you are dealing with is dangerous and the only way to get out of it is if you fully accept your predicament and make efforts towards reducing your debt. The more in denial you are, the more you are likely to fall into further stress and depression.

Plan, come up with a budget and stick to it

You might have noticed that the very reason you are deep into debt is because you spend without planning. You probably spend lots of money on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like or simply live a life you can’t afford. The only way you can seal loopholes, spend money wisely, save more money and reduce debt is if you take measures to come up with a budget and stick to it. It is never too late to start afresh and all you need to do is simply make up your mind that from today henceforth you will be planning for your finances and stick to the budget you create.

Positivity

You definitely cannot deal with stress associated with debt if you are negative about life and have a bad attitude. The world does not come to an end simply because you are heavily indebted. Remember that many people have been in your exact position in the past and having a positive attitude is what got them through. Take a moment to think about the good things of life and how you are not supposed to give up simply because you are going through some problems. Sacrifice and give up some comfortable things you love doing for the sake of doing away with debt.

Keep yourself busy

Avoid being idle and thinking too much. Instead, be engaged with activities that affect you positively. For instance, form a habit of exercising and working out. After all, it has been found that physical exercise actually help your brain produce chemicals that make you happy. You don’t need to sign up with a gym and spend more money while at it. You can actually exercise at home as there are many exercises you can comfortably do from the comfort of your home or even office.

In conclusion, debt need not be a cause of your anxiety, stress and depression. With a positive attitude, a good budget and the will to forego some luxuries you are used to, you can actually get out of it within no time.

 

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