Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tips To Pay Off Debt – Stick To It

You’ve recognized that you have a debt problem, and you’ve come up with a plan to get rid of it. You’ve made a budget, you’ve cut back where you can, and you’ve allocated funds to put toward each of your bills each month. My best and most important tips to pay off debt all revolve around the same topic – Stick To Your Plan. Here they are.

Sticking with a debt relief plan is the hardest thing for many people to do. Part of the problem is that many debtors just aren’t good at managing their finances, and that is part of the reason they got in too much debt in the first place. Others had their debt under control until they lost a source of income, and they have trouble adjusting.

There are things we can do to help us stick to our debt relief plans. Here are some ideas:

* Eliminate the source of temptation. If you have trouble saying no to purchases when you have a credit card in your pocket, put all of the plastic away in a safe place. If just knowing where the credit cards are tempts you to use them, have your spouse or someone else you trust hide them.

* Write down all of your expenses. Many planners have budget pages you can use for this, but a notebook will work just fine as well. Writing down the exact amounts that we spend and what they were spent on holds us accountable, making us less likely to slip up.

* Close accounts when they are paid off. An account with a zero balance can be too much temptation for some people to withstand. If you think it will be too much for you, simply close the account and be done with it. Keeping only the account with the lowest interest or most favorable terms will allow you to obtain credit easily enough if you need it after you’re all caught up.

* Shred credit card and loan offers as soon as you get them in the mail. When you’re already in too much debt, the worst thing to do is to acquire the means to take on more.

* Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. Just pick up where you left off and keep paying down that debt. Too often, debtors make mistakes and decide that it’s just too hard to pay their debts off, so they go back to their old habits. But one mistake is not the end of the world, and if you keep trying you will eventually eliminate your debt.

Coming up with an effective plan to pay off your debt is quite an accomplishment. Sticking with it can be difficult, but it is imperative if you want to get rid of your debt. By getting rid of temptation and holding ourselves accountable for our spending, we can greatly increase our chances of success.

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