How To Get Out Of Debt and Stay Out!

Whether buying a new boat, splurging on granite kitchen tops or simply putting everything on credit cards the temptation to overspend pervades American culture.  The unfortunate fact is that many consumers quickly find themselves overwhelmed with debt, not even able to keep up with the interest charges as the debt continues to mount.

According to the Federal Reserve 50 percent of American Families spend more than they earn and owe more than $20000 in personal non-mortgage debt.  In addition the average household has 10 credit cards at an interest rate of 19 percent.
If the notion of mounting debt rings all too close to home, don’t give up hope.  There are proven strategies that you can get out of the hold in a timely manner.
First, you must gather the right information.  Get the hard facts by ordering your credit report.  It shows your entire credit history – who you’ve owed what and whether you’d paid them back on time.  All these numbers are crunched to come up with your credit (or “FICO“) score, which banks use to figure out how much interest to tack onto your loans.  To boost that score, check for errors and get them fixed.  If you’re behind on any payments, catch up, and if you’re maxing out your cards, start paying them off to reach a more reasonable percentage of total credit, which the banks want to see.
Next, you need to start over right and that means you need a budget.  Until you see your budget as a real priority you’ll continue going deeper into the hole.  So set spending targets and review them weekly and monthly.  Make saving money a crucial part of your plan as well.  The Golden Rule of financial experts is, “Pay Yourself First.”  Always remember that unforeseen costs – car or home repairs, medical bills and so on are one of the biggest reasons for debt.  Solution:  set up an emergency fund of two to three months expenses, so you won’t have to dip into retirement savings or charge it.

Celebrate the small successes.  Make a list of everything you owe, from the smallest to largest debts.  While making sure to cover all the minimum monthly payments, make an extra effort to retire the smallest debts altogether.  It’s a philosophy that financial gurus call, DOLP – Dead On Last Payment.  DOLP means that once you’ve reached zero balance on a credit card, call up the company and shut the account.  it’ll give you a sense of achievement and prevent you from running up the balance again – and the banks will love the fact that you have fewer credit lines outstanding.
Finally, generate extra revenue.  Take a part-time job or start a side business and put all of that extra income towards your debt.  Think about something that you already like to do such as a hobby , or it can be something that takes advantage of today’s technology, like selling goods on eBay.  In fact, home-based businesses now make up half of all businesses in the U.S.  It’s tough to squeeze in work on evenings or weekends, but if it gets you out of dire financial straits that much sooner, it will be worth the extra effort.Whether buying a new convertible, splurging on granite kitchen tops or simply putting everything on credit cards the temptation to overspend pervades American culture.  The unfortunate fact is that many consumers quickly find themselves overwhelmed with debt, not even able to keep up with the interest charges as the debt continues to mount.
According to the Federal Reserve 50 percent of American Families spend more than they earn and owe more than $20000 in personal non-mortgage debt.  In addition the average household has 10 credit cards at an interest rate of 19 percent.
If the notion of mounting debt rings all too close to home, don’t give up hope.  There are proven strategies that you can get out of the hold in a timely manner.
First, you must gather the right information.  Get the hard facts by ordering your credit report.  It shows your entire credit history – who you’ve owed what and whether you’d paid them back on time.  All these numbers are crunched to come up with your credit (or “FICO”) score, which banks use to figure out how much interest to tack onto your loans.  To boost that score, check for errors and get them fixed.  If you’re behind on any payments, catch up, and if you’re maxing out your cards, start paying them off to reach a more reasonable percentage of total credit, which the banks want to see.
Next, you need to start over right and that means you need a budget.  Until you see your budget as a real priority you’ll continue going deeper into the hole.  So set spending targets and review them weekly and monthly.  Make saving money a crucial part of your plan as well.  The Golden Rule of financial experts is, “Pay Yourself First.”  Always remember that unforeseen costs – car or home repairs, medical bills and so on are one of the biggest reasons for debt.  Solution:  set up an emergency fund of two to three months expenses, so you won’t have to dip into retirement savings or charge it.
Celebrate the small successes.  Make a list of everything you owe, from the smallest to largest debts.  While making sure to cover all the minimum monthly payments, make an extra effort to retire the smallest debts altogether.  It’s a philosophy that financial gurus call, DOLP – Dead On Last Payment.  DOLP means that once you’ve reached zero balance on a credit card, call up the company and shut the account.  it’ll give you a sense of achievement and prevent you from running up the balance again – and the banks will love the fact that you have fewer credit lines outstanding.
Finally, generate extra revenue.  Take a part-time job or start a side business and put all of that extra income towards your debt.  Think about something that you already like to do such as a hobby , or it can be something that takes advantage of today’s technology, like selling goods on eBay.  In fact, home-based businesses now make up half of all businesses in the U.S.  It’s tough to squeeze in work on evenings or weekends, but if it gets you out of dire financial straits that much sooner, it will be worth the extra effort.

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