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7 Steps To Eliminate Debt


Many Americans today find themselves in large, seemingly insurmountable amounts of debt They ignore the problem until it threatens their financial health and has huge negative effects on their life !earn ho" to ta#e control no" and eliminate your debt by follo"ing these seven easy steps and the best part is that it "on$t cost you a dime to do so% 1. Use Common Sense People fail to reali&e ho" much they have already spent, and before they #no" it, they$re ma'ing out their credit cards on a monthly basis The best "ay to #no" (ust ho" much money you are spending is to pay for everything in cash This means using credit cards only for emergency purposes, such as une'pected car e'penses and medical emergencies )y paying "ith cash, you "ill gain a higher appreciation for every hard*earned dollar 2. Stop Impulse Buying Do you really need that item+ ,nstead of buying it no" "ait a "ee# and see if you still "ant it ,f you "ant to free&e your debt, you must free&e your spending 3. Develop A Plan There is an old saying in the financial "orld- ,f you fail to plan, you plan to fail This advice applies to everyone, including family households Start by developing a road plan that "ill ta#e you to debt*free &one .ou need to #no" ho" much your total debt is and ho" long it "ill ta#e you to pay it off given your current payment plan The ne't process involves establishing a budget !ist all your revenues and #eep trac# of your e'penses This "ill give you a better idea of ho" much money is coming in, ho" much money you$re spending on different activities, and "hether or not you can sustain your current spending habits /nce you #no" e'actly ho" much you$re spending, it$s time to cut bac# on unnecessary e'penses Ta#e a close loo# at each e'pense and determine "hich ones can be eliminated .ou can then use that e'tra money to lo"er your debt
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3utting bac# ta#es a lot of "illpo"er ,f you find it difficult to do so, , suggest you set up e'pense (ars They "or# in a very simple manner- Set up a (ar for each main activity, such as movies, clubbing, restaurants, fast food, gas, and so on Every month, put cash into each (ar according to your budget /nce the money is gone, stop that particular activity ,f there is money left over, apply it to reducing your debt As rudimentary as it may seem, this techni4ue "or#s "onders . !esea"#$ %oney&Saving 'ptions !oo# for money*saving opportunities li#e lo" interest rates and credit card offers )efore settling do"n "ith a creditor, shop around Most people are afraid of ban#s5 they thin# that it is still as hard to get a ban# loan as it "as in the early $67s )ut today, most creditors are eager to lend you money Don$t be afraid to negotiate the rates ,f you don$t have time to shop around and compare lending rates, you can al"ays chec# out )an#1ate com .ou$ll get an instant loo# at the average rates on various types of cards, as "ell as lin#s to the best credit card deals 3arefully loo# at these different plans Some credit cards allo" you to cut your interest in half simply by paying an annual fee of 897 ,magine that- .ou pay 897 once a year and your annual interest rate gets cut from :;< to =< (. Ta)e A#tion Ta#e these steps today and stic# "ith them Don$t be la&y Discipline is critical *. Don+t Close C"e,it Ca", A##ounts >hen you close your credit card accounts, you reduce your options As long as your current credit card companies aren$t charging you any fees for inactivity, it$s in your best interest to hang onto your accounts The problem "ith closing accounts is that you$re at the mercy of "hatever credit cards you decide to #eep That$s the e4uivalent of having to shop at one store no matter ho" good the prices are else"here Plus, "hen credit card companies notice that you$re not using them anymore, they$ll generally send you an offer that saves you money Al"ays #eep your options open and be ready to s"itch ban#s once you get a better offer 7. Al-ays Pay 'n Time The "orst thing you can do is ma#e late payments ,f you let the deadline pass, you$ll pay
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interest on the full credit card balance as of the purchase date The late fees hurt you immediately and "ould be better used to reduce your debt They$re also a stri#e against your credit rating and future bargaining po"er )y paying late, you also diminish your chances of getting the best rates and deals on a car loan or a mortgage ,n the long run ** especially in the case of a mortgage ** that #ind of negligence can cost you thousands of dollars Also, in addition to these seven tips, you should also try the follo"ing0irst, you need to create a list of all your credit cards, including their balance, interest rate, minimum payment, and last statement payment ?o" rearrange that list so that the credit card "ith the highest interest rate is at the top and the card "ith the lo"est interest rate is at the bottom @igh interest rates, especially on cards that you have a high balance on, are your greatest concern Second, add up the re4uired minimum payments for all of the cards Decide ho" much money you can come up "ith each month in addition to the money needed to pay off the minimum payments on all cards ,t is important that you find "ays to put aside more money than needed for (ust the minimum payments or you "ill never be able to pay off your debt ?o", each month pay the minimum balance on each card, but on the card "ith the highest interest rate pay the minimum balance plus all the e'tra money that you put aside in the e'tra step 3ontinue to do this until the first card A"ith the highest interest rateB is payed off in full, then apply this same principle to the ne't credit card .ote- it is not a good idea to use one credit card to pay off another credit card$s debt% Also, 3all every one of your credit card companies and re4uest a lo"er interest rate .ou may be surprised at ho" 4uic#ly some of them "ill agree !o"er interest rates mean you can eliminate your credit card debt more 4uic#ly "ithout increasing your payments

/inal Step
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DebtP"o0essional.net+s 0"ee ,ebt analysis p"og"am provide your &ip code, estimated total debt, and email and have a specialist tal# "ith you about ho" to reduce or eliminate your debt Debt 1enie+s 0"ee2 no obligation #onsultation similar to DebtProfessional net, it is "orth trying out also !i#e above, provide your &ip code, estimated total debt, and email address Debt%at#$.net 0"ee ,ebt assessment fill out the form and their system "ill match you "ith one or t"o specialists "ho "ill e'plain your options, and then you decide "hat

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is best for you

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