Some experts have promised about the eventual economic comebacks, but some areas are still peppered with higher than usual unemployment. Due to this problem, we should try to lower our debt through various means possible. One thing that we can do is by paying more than minimum payment each month. It should be noted that by paying minimum, it means that we will pay more interest and what we pay will be significantly higher than the value of item we bought or loan we borrowed. In this case, we should make a habit to save enough money before we buy something expensive. It means that we are able to provide a larger amount of down payment and it will be easier to pay more than the minimum payment each month. We should already pay off the majority of our debt by the time we reach the middle of the period. This will help us avoid drowning in debt that we can never repay. Another essential thing to do is to eliminate high interest credit cards.
People who are confronted with the possibility of bankruptcy often find that they are being assaulted relentlessly by high-interest debts. Once we are able to pay off high-interest debts, we should look only for debts with lower interest rate. High-interest loans have higher than 16 percent interest rate and they could drown us further in debt. When using credit cards, we should use them to purchase only small ticket items, which are less than $30. Anything more than that, we should use cash or debit card. This should help us to steadily improve our credit worthiness. In fact, it is possible for consumers with high credit scores to negotiate for even lower interest rates for their credit cards. Many people accumulate debts because they are underemployed or unemployed. In this case, we should look for ways to offer our professional skills and look for ways to allow us work full-time for an activity that can provide us the most money. Freelancers should improve their situation by contracting their works to several potential clients at once.
After we have eliminated high-interest debts and increase our income, we should look for ways to pay ourselves first. This could help us to avoid being trapped in debt problems in the future. It doesn’t mean that we could use the money for entertainment purposes, but we need to allocate the money to various investment options and high interest savings. So, if for some reason we urgently need to apply for loan, we could use the money as down payments. This should be a lesson worth learning, although we don’t have any kind of debt. In fact, by paying ourselves and learning how to invest, we would gather enough funds to avoid debts completely for the rest of our lives. However, if we are having serious debt problems that we can’t easily resolve, it is better to work with debt counsellors who could advise methods to that are suitable to our unique situations.