Jan 23, 2018 / Credit
It’s been said that nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes. Well, you might as well add another entry to the list because it’s nearly impossible to get through life without at least a little debt. But, what if debt has become a bigger part of life than you originally anticipated? If you’re looking for a way to get out of debt and make financial freedom a certain part of your future, here are a few tips to help you along the way.
It might seem unintuitive at first—take out another loan to pay off your existing debt—but debt consolidation actually makes a lot of sense for a lot of people. Debt consolidation combines multiple, often high-interest loans into one lower interest monthly payment so you can get out of debt faster while paying less interest. It can also simplify life and reduce the stress of keeping track of multiple payments and multiple lenders by having one single debt payment.
Maybe the best part of a debt consolidation loan is that your high-interests debts are paid off by your new loan so that you can focus on a more financially stable future with fewer distractions and a whole lot less interest. Of course, a debt consolidation loan won’t help you in the long run if you continue to practice bad spending and saving habits, but it can be a step in the right direction if you’re willing to put in the work.
No one likes to be told to stop spending money, but if you’re looking for a way to get out of debt, there’s simply no other way around it. Financial guru Dave Ramsay has a few suggestions to help you stop spending your hard earned income, so that you can get out of debt faster. These include cutting the cable, consignment shopping, couponing, and perhaps most difficult yet most important of all – stop eating out. Sure, eating out is easier and sure, you can’t stand the taste of your own cooking, but if you’re serious about getting out of debt, you’ve got to grin and bear it. Make a weekly shopping list, cut some coupons, and try some new recipes on the internet. If you’re still not convinced, try making a game of it. See how many days you can go without eating out, and then try to beat your record the next time. Or, find a few recipes you really like, and when you’ve mastered them, invite some friends over to show off your newfound culinary skills.
The most important step you’ll ever take toward getting out of debt is to confront the problem and start working your way out. If you’re reading this, you know that one of the worst things about debt is that it’s so easy to ignore. You schedule a minimum monthly payment, forget about it, continue spending money, and before you know it you’ve maxed out several credit cards and your net worth is nonexistent. Yes, it’s uncomfortable to face up to reality, but you can’t keep ignoring the problem. By recognizing the seriousness of your debt, you can seek help (either through debt consolidation or some other way), stop spending, and buckle down to get out of debt.
If you’re ready to get out of debt, consider calling for a complimentary credit review. We can walk you through the steps of a debt consolidation loan and try to help you on your way to becoming debt free.