Being overwhelmed with debt is a circumstance that no one person endures alone. It’s estimated that 51% of the UK population is stressed by debt. At some point, the stress becomes too much and people start looking for solutions. When you’re overwhelmed with debt, getting above water may seem difficult. By following the 5 simple debt management strategies listed here you can turn your financial situation into one that is les stressful.
Step 1. Control Your Spending
Whether you follow these easy debt management steps or choose another method to get out of debt, you will never be successful unless you stop spending unnecessarily. What is unnecessary spending? I can best describe it with an example. You are suddenly invited to a birthday party and don’t have cash to purchase a gift. Instead of giving in to the temptation to use a credit card, find unique ways to obtain a gift. Use items around your home to create a homemade gift. Regifting is also an idea. The key is to find ways not to spend unless absolutely necessary.
Step 2. Create a Budget
The best way to control your spending is to track what you spend. Create a simple budget that includes a list of your bills and the money you earn. This will give you a snapshot of your financial situation. From this information you can start making decisions to pay your debt. If you don’t have an emergency fund of at least three months of your expenses, be sure to add an amount in your budget to save for this fund.
Step 3. Consolidate
If you’re like 75% of the population, credit cards account for a significant amount of your debt. One of the best methods of managing credit card debt is to consolidate your credit cards. Start by selecting to keep a maximum of two credit cards. These two credit cards should have a low interest rate, have acceptance in most establishments, and have the ability to transfer balances. Transfer the balance of the other cards between the two cards you decide to keep. The two credit cards that you keep are not for spending (remember step 1?). You will pay off these cards.
Step 4. Negotiate
Negotiating with a creditor is something that most people try hard to avoid. However, it is one of the easiest ways to get your financial situation in proper perspective. Negotiating with a creditor is simply a matter of contacting the creditor by mail and offering to settle the account on your terms. It may sound a bit arrogant, but you really do have the upper hand in these situations. The creditor wants you to pay the debt so that they don’t lose money. Be sure to send you letter via registered mail and request a receipt.
Step 5. Create a Pay-Off Plan
Once you have negotiated with your creditors, you are ready to create your pay-off plan. This is basically a path to you getting out of debt. You basically reorganise your budget to include payments to pay off your creditors.