6 Thoughts on What are some tips on getting rid of debt?
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    knowitall
    February 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

    The secret is to not get into debt. If you use the rule: “If I cannot afford to pay cash, I cannot have it” then you can control debt other than perhaps medical expenses.

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    ladybug
    February 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    consolidate into one monthly payment but shop around for a good deal. One payment is easier to manage than lots of little debts. Next get your spending in check, try and work out how you are using credit cards/loan agreements and work out if you can actually alter your spending habits so you don’t keep building it up to this stage again.

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    Tracy
    February 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    to knowital.. what about school?? what if something happens and u cant finish school (say a disability) and you are left with all those bills with limited work (and maybe kids). you obviously cant afford a sitter. what do you do to GET OUT OF DEBT? not STAY out of debt?

    to the asker, when you get a great answer msg me! lol

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    David L
    February 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    If you are loaded with your debts then try to settle it as early as possible.
    The best thing is to avoid unnecessary expenses this is the only tip which helps to manage your debt. But somehow we are not able to handle our habits.
    I settled my debt from http://www.loansstore.com/debt-settlement

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    JOSEPH M
    February 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    One of my friends asked me this sort of questions before,she found helpful here http://www.DebtFreetips.info/debt-free.htm .

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    Jeanne R
    February 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Please do not consolidate. It is not free, they will lower your payments by increasing the length of time until you are debt free, and you will take a hit on your credit score. Or they negotiate your debt down after telling you not to pay for awhile adding another hit to your credit score. Student loans are the only debt that can garnish your wages for non payment without taking you to court first. Just list them out on a piece of paper or a spreadsheet and follow the plan. If you work the plan, the plan will work for you.

    A. Have a garage sale and sell anything that you no longer need or want.

    B.Get a temporary part time job, if you have one, get another.

    Here is a plan that can help you. If you work the plan, the plan will work for you:
    1. Make a budget. Make the budget a week before you get paid. A budget is not a punishment! It is a tool which will free you from ever having to worry about money again. Put everything in your budget. Especially those annual, biannual, or quarterly bills like car registration, insurance, etc. Give every dollar you are going to bring home the name of where it is going. Add an “emergency fund” category to your budget for 25 dollars and save up until you have 1000-1250 dollars. Your emergency fund will help keep you from getting into new debt because of an emergency. If you can, set up a direct transfer to a savings account for your emergency fund. That way it moves automatically and you don’t even have to worry about it. You must cut your spending and live on less than you make.

    2.First get current on all of you debts and make no more late payments. Stop using your credit cards immediately. Do not take on any more debt. Credit cards are like quicksand only the death is much slower. Make a list of all of your debts in order of highest interest rate to lowest interest. Use cash only for your spending from now on.

    3.Pay the minimum due on all of your debts and then put your extra money towards paying off the highest interest one first. After you get that one paid off, you put the money you were paying on debt #1 (the minimum payment and the extra payment) towards debt #2. That will pay debt #2 off faster. When that is paid off, you put all three payments towards card #3 and that one will be paid off pretty quickly. As an example:

    To start :
    Debt #1 (highest interest): minimum payment+ extra payment
    Debt #2 (middle interest): minimum payment
    Debt #3(lowest interest): minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: minimum payment from Debt #1+ Minimum payment from Debt #2 +extra payment
    Debt #3: minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: paid off
    Debt #3:Minimum payment from card #1+ minimum payment from Debt #2+ minimum payment from Debt #3+ extra payment.

    That way, you will get them all paid off, on time, and pay the least interest. It will also help towards rebuilding your credit since you will no longer have any late payments. This works no matter how many different debts you may have.

    4. After you get all of your debts paid off, add to your emergency fund until you have 6-12 months of income saved up. Put that emergency fund money into a liquid money market fund or into a Bank of America no-risk CD so that if you need the money you can take it out without penalty.

    5a. When you have your emergency fund in place, add a category for “fun” to your budget. Save for a holiday, a vacation, a big screen, or dinners out, whatever goal you want. Remember to enjoy your life.

    5b. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your retirement. Join the 401(k) plan at work and contribute the maximum. Your employer probably matches at least part of your contribution so why give up free money? Open a Roth IRA and contribute the maximum on a monthly basis. If you start saving for your retirement now, you will probably retire a millionaire.

    5c. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your next car. Only buy cars, or other things that depreciate, with cash. Save up for a nicer car. That way you get the interest instead of paying the interest.

    You can do it and it isn’t as hard as you think. Just follow the plan.

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