Are you worried because of the debt hanging over your head? Of course, you are and it’s natural. Debt is more or less like a parasite that feeds on you and continues to grow if not dealt with immediately.
Well, if you’ve finally made up your mind to get rid of this parasite, once and for all, you’re in for a treat. In this article today, I’m going to introduce you to some effective ways to get this pressure off your chest. Have a look:
Break the Piggy Bank
Yes, it’s time to use your savings to pay off your debt. I’m sure you must be thinking that it’s a silly move as that’s your money saved for the rainy days. It’s good to think rationally, but you need to have a positive approach here.
If the debt continues to grow, your rainy days are going to arrive before you even know it. Thus, it’s time you use your savings to pay off the debt. Start with the one that has a higher interest rate. Once you’re done paying it, you can take a fresh start and begin saving the money again.
Follow the Snowball Method
Do you know about the snowball method? It’s the opposite of what I’ve mentioned above. In the snowball method, you start with paying the smaller debts first and pay each, one by one.
As you get done with one or two, it feels no less than achievement and motivates you for bigger tasks ahead. If you remain consistent with this technique, you can get rid of your debt in a year or maybe less than that.
Go for an IVA
IVA, an abbreviation for an individual voluntary arrangement, is pretty useful for people who are unable to get out of the mountain of debt on their own. It’s an agreement with your creditor where you make a deal of regularly paying your insolvency practitioner the debt amount.
The insolvency practitioner will further divide the amount and pay your creditors on his own. It’s one thing that can successfully save you from the bankruptcy waiting ahead.
Hence, for all those who are on a verge of bankruptcy, an IVA debt plan is the best option. Trust me; it’s a sigh of relief for those who are struggling to pay back their debt and manage their finances.
Prepare a Budget for Time Ahead
Once you’re done paying the debt, you need to ensure that you never put yourself in such a difficult situation ever again. For that, you need to take some preventative steps like preparing a budget for the future.
Preparing a budget is not only useful after you’re done paying the debt, it’s the key to saving money and increasing your debt repayments, too. Take out an estimate of how much you earn every month and where the money is going.
After that, separate your primary and secondary costs. It means that you need to separate your needs and wants. Prepare a budget for your monthly needs and cut out on your wants for some time. It will help you save all those extra bucks.
Reach Out to Your Friends and Family for Help
Last but not least, this one is a preventative tip for the future. If you ever need money again, make sure to ask your friends and family for help. It needs to be your first option and taking a loan from a bank or any other organization must be the last resort.
The reason being, your friends or family members won’t charge you for it. It would be an interest-free loan that you can return at your convenience. In other words, it won’t pressurize you the way a bank loan does; hence, it’s a relatively safe option.
Before winding it up, I want you to know that nothing is impossible if you’re consistent. I reckon that staying positive in such trying times is not easy, but having a positive approach is the key if you want to leave it behind. Please do consider the tips shared above and I’m confident they’ll help you out. I wish you well, my friends.