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How To Manage Your Debt.

January 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Money, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.comIf you have any kind of debt, then you are going to want to try and pay it off as soon as possible so it is no longer hanging over your head and you have more financial freedom. Here is how you can manage your debt.

Make A Plan

This is important. You need to make a plan and then stick to that plan. You need a monthly plan and an overall plan. First, you should layout exactly how much debt you have to pay back each month, when the payments will be taken out and how that will impact you financially. This way you aren’t going to be surprised by any payments or not know when the deadline for paying your monthly installments are. You should also make an overall plan.

This will detail exactly how much debt you have, how much interest and when it will be paid back by. If you have the kind of debt that means the quicker you pay it back, the less interest there is, then you can prioritize this over something where the speed that you pay it back won’t make a difference. This will save you money in the long run. Having a plan is the best way to get on top of your finances and understand where your money is being spent.

Pay Them Off

Once you know what you need to pay, then you need to start paying off your debts. It isn’t as simple as just ‘paying them off’, and we understand that. However, you can focus on the debts that can be paid back sooner than others or important ones that will have a large impact on your finances. For example, if you bought a car on finance then you and you pay it off then you will remove the monthly payments and save yourself money each month. It also means that you outright own the car as well. If you have multiple debts, then you might find debt consolidation companies that are BBB accredited helpful. This way you can put all of your debt into a single monthly payment and not have to worry about who to pay and when.

Cut Back

This is another point that is far harder than it sounds. However, if you can cut back and live a little poorer for a while, then it might be better for you in the long run. If you can cut back so that you can pay your debts off quicker, then you will have fewer outgoings each month. You might have to cut back on some of the luxuries that you enjoy such as eating out or subscription TV services. Every little can help you get back on top of your finances, and once you have paid off your debts, you will be surprised by the amount of extra money you have each month. Once you have paid them off, then you can go back to enjoying all those things you couldn’t do and feel much better about your finances.

Staff Writer; Shelia Ford

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