None of us are immune to the possibility of accruing debt, as there are many reasons why you may find yourself in that situation. Whether it’s the loss of a job, unexpected expenses or simply a culmination of spending over time which has caused you to get into debt, it is important to face the issues head on.
There are now a variety of ways that you can get yourself out of debt, and depending on the amount that you owe, there are different solutions which can be suited to different situations.
Get started with some free debt management advice
Due to its very nature, debt management advice is free, and you won’t incur any charges unless you commit to a specific plan with a specific company, meaning that you can “shop around” for advice and payment plans (if required).
Companies like Carrington Dean offer a wide range of solutions, which are not only backed by knowledgeable and experienced advisors, but also take over all the stressful mediation and organisation for you.
By getting professional advice, not only can you feel safe in the knowledge that your account will be handled and administered correctly, but also you will be able to make repayments which are within your means.
Aim to pay off your debt as quickly as you can
It may sound obvious, but once you have a debt management plan it is important to try and pay this off as soon as you can.
It is all too easy to just continue paying the minimum payment, however if you have a positive change in circumstances, take the opportunity to increase your payments or pay off a chunk of the debt to help you get out of debt quicker.
Create a monthly budget plan to help you calculate what you actually have left over after bills, groceries, travel etc, and aim to set aside as much as you can to go towards your debt. Obviously you don’t want to over commit because you don’t want to put further strain upon yourself, so aim to find that sweet spot of what you can afford.
Start taking control of your day-to-day finances
Along with professional help, it is important to understand your own responsibilities when it comes to managing your finances.
Simple changes to your spending can begin to make big differences to your finances and are often unnoticeable if used over a good period of time.
When making purchases, start asking yourself more questions such as “do I need it?”, “is it worth the money?” or simply “can I afford it?”. You’ll find that by actualising each purchase that you’ll begin to cut out frivolous purchases which will only aid your financial situation.
For more regular purchases such as groceries and food, either switch to a budget supermarket or start opting for supermarket own brands rather than the big brands – not only will you be able to benefit from the savings but you’re also very unlikely to spot any difference in quality.