Getting Out of Debt: Your Short Guide

07 Feb 2020

Being in a difficult financial situation can be all-encompassing. It can wreak havoc on your family life, on your professional life, and your lifestyle in general – leaving you tired, anxious, and distraught. Debt is the epitome of this financial burden and can take weeks or months to get beyond, especially if you’re stuck in a cycle of borrowing and repayments that can, often, feel never-ending. In this article, you’ll discover how you can protect your assets while climbing gracefully out of debt – and regaining control over your lifestyle and your spending.

Cut Costs

If you’re in debt, you need to find ways to cut your costs and bring down your weekly shopping expenses. The typical advice here – and the best – is for you to cut out all but essential spending until you’re securely out of debt. That means no clothes shopping, no furniture – not even household fix-ups – until you are out of the red and into the black.

This can feel difficult. But it’s necessary to bring your spending down to the absolute minimum, perhaps only for a month or two, for your finances to become stable and your wages to pay off the debts that you’re suffering from. Remember: without action, your debts are likely to get worse.

Rebuff Debt Collectors

There can be nothing worse than being so deep in debt that the letters begin to come through from the debt collectors, threatening to take your possessions or even your home. These letters aren’t just empty threats – they are based in a part of the legal system that allows those you owe to requisition your belongings as a substitute for the cash that you owe. Usually, you can find ways around this devastating event.

One of the best ways to avoid debt collectors is to monitor their approach to your finances and to find unlawful behavior. This happens surprisingly often – and can be your route, via a legal challenge, out of having debt collectors at your door. With this information, you can file for a lawsuit for unfair debt collection practices, leaving you with all your possessions – but still that debt to escape from.

Finding Funds

If you are struggling to get the cash together to pay off debts, and they’re climbing higher and higher every week, you might be forced to take drastic action. There are many things you can do to raise the cash to get you out of debt once and for all, including:

  • Asking friends or relatives for an interest-free loan to head off high-interest rates on your debt
  • Looking to sell your assets – like stocks, or your car –to raise additional capital
  • Taking out a loan with the lowest-possible interest to cover more outlandish loan repayments
  • Downsizing, so that your mortgage payments, or your rent, are reduced each month
  • Looking at other sources of income – like a new job or a second job – to get you out of the red

With all these options open and available to you, you’ll be able to climb out of debt with ease, leaving this period of your life in the distant mists of the past.

Leave behind your debt with the three pieces of advice arranged above – helping you resume your life without financial stresses.

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