Personal debt is something that happens to most people at one time or another. With the huge number of loans, credit cards and financing deals available for people to access it is a problem that looks set to grow.
Because of this the subject of dealing with personal debt is becoming a contentious one, with many people seeking help on how to ease their own debt levels. This has led to a barrage of advice from unscrupulous companies looking to sell their own services and make money from those in need, putting them into even higher levels of personal debt.
This is where we step in, below is some of the best general advice available for dealing with personal debt. For further, more specific advice it is strongly suggested that you speak with professionals who can tailor their comments to your circumstances.
Tips on dealing with personal debt
Don't bury your head in the sand
Most companies that you have debt with are willing to talk to you and help you, even if you can't pay off the debt. In by far the majority of cases they will have systems in place to help you pay off the debt at a time period that suits both you and them. It is in their interest for them to ensure that you continue paying the debt off at any rate so they want to work with you, not against you.
By contrast by ignoring them you can end up owing more money, facing legal issues and repossession.
Pay off what you can
If you have the money to pay off some of your debt you should. Interest rates mean that you are continually paying off more money than you borrowed, with the rate rising every month. Use any spare cash, even if only a little, to pay off your debts and you will soon see the amount that you owe getting less not more.
Find other income streams
It could be that your main job is not making enough dent in the amount of debt that you have, so look at diversifying. Perhaps sell spare items on eBay, or by doing extra hours/overtime. Do you have skills that you can sell on a freelance basis? With the Internet putting you in touch with people the world over you could easily find people willing to pay for your skills.
Trim your bills
Cut the unessential 'fat' from your monthly budgets. Do you really need another pair of shoes? Do you ever use that gym membership? Don't forget to shop around as well, you can save large sums of money on things like phone bills, electricity bills etc, just by using price comparison websites.
Create a monthly budget
You need to know what your income and outgoings are so that you can sensibly plan your months ahead, and see what you can use to pay off debts. Sit down, go through old bank statements and bills and work out exactly what you financial situation is. It's hard to fix when you don;t know whats broken.