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Weekly Tip: Lower your debts.

Everyone has gone through moments in life when bills just add up to the point where there's not enough income to pay everything on time. For anyone that is struggling with money as of late, either due to recent unemployment or because expenses have simply spiked uncontrollably, it is possible to slowly recover from this and pay back all of the debts that are owed before they get out of hand. All it takes is patience and a handle on the monthly budget and expenses.

1. Take An Inventory of the Situation

The first thing that should be done in order to begin erasing debts and the amount of bills that are still left unpaid is to get a handle on the situation at hand by taking an an inventory of the matter at hand. The people that are most in danger of falling further and further into debt are those that don't have a firm grasp of their money issues. To avoid this, it's important to get all of the bills together and calculate exactly how much is owed. It's at this point that it's important not to panic. The following tips will provide a look at how to properly get out of this debt. Sort through the bills and select the ones that are among the most important. Place these as the ones that should be paid first. Following this, it's important to calculate monthly income in order to ascertain when these bills can be paid. Once this has been completed, it's possible to start making a plan towards eventually having more income than bills.

2. Minimize Any new Expenses

The most important, and likely the most difficult, aspect of erasing debt and paying the bills that are owed is by drastically minimizing new expenses. Unless the expenses can be classified as essential, its time to cut back on spending and only buy what needs to be purchased. For instance, clothing, eating out at restaurants and certain entertainment such as going to a movie should be cut out completely until finances are back on track and the bills have been paid. In general, it has been estimated that the majority of households in the U.S. waste upwards of 15 percent of their income each month, which can be better used paying bills and eliminating debt. Only start to put money towards non-essential expenses again once the money situation has been straightened out and bills no longer have to be paid.

3. Find Ways to Increase Income

When weeding out any expenses that aren't necessary in the interim, it's also important to attempt to find ways to increase income. Every little bit helps to pay off any remaining bills. There are a wealth of options available for earning a bit of extra cash, including a part-time job, freelance work online or doing any type of small job. Certain items within the household that aren't being used as often anymore, such as video game systems, appliances and other items, can be sold online, which will help with putting some additional money towards bills. Combining this and the previous point will help dramatically in paying off bills and any debt in an efficient and timely manner.

on Fri, 2015-05-15 16:56