Achieve Financial Freedom by becoming Debt Free

By Eric Frey

In order to pay back your debt, pick the creditor that charges the highest interest rate and work on paying back that debt first. Pay this creditor as much money as you can so that that debt will be gone fast. Pay the minimum payment to all your other creditors. Once you are done, pick another creditor. Keep doing this until all your debts are paid. This is the best and quickest way for you to get out of debt, and is recommended by many experts.

The best way to pay your creditors is to pick one and send them as much money as you can. Pay the minimum payments on the other debts. If you do this every month you will soon pay off that debt. At this point, you will want to pick another debt to pay off and do the same thing. Do this until you have no more creditors to pay.

For debts that are accruing interest, it is wise to pay more than once every month. This will reduce the amount of interest you pay. Do this for credit cards and other loans that you pay interest on. It is not necessary to do this for your utility bills since they don't accrue interest and you won't gain anything from using this technique with them.

Figure out how much you would like to pay every month. Then split it into 4. If you pay $75 a week instead of $300 per month, you will actually pay less interest that month. You will need to make sure your account number is written on the check, and that you attach a note that says exactly what you are sending the money for.

You should also lower your expenditures. You will need to make some changes in your lifestyle if you want to be debt free, since you will need to put aside extra cash to repay your debt. Without lowering your expenses you will not be able to repay that debt.

Do you shop often? Try to limit the amount of money you spend on your shopping, and pay only in cash. If you like eating out, see if you can do a barbecue or a potluck dinner with friends instead. You can rotate the dinners so that a different family hosts the meal each time. You will want to save the restaurants for very special events. You can use the library instead of buying books and rent videos instead of going to the theater. Also, save some money on your bills by using good habits such as turning off the lights when you leave the room.

If you are really doing bad financially, go see a debt counselor. Find a company that gives free counseling sessions and set up an appointment to go over your debts and bills. The debt counselor will look at your debts and expenses and help you come up with a plan to become debt free. Make sure you have a list of all your debts with all the relevant information such as how much you owe, who you owe it to, and how much you pay each month. The more information you bring with you, the better the counselor will be able to help you.

If you decide to work with the consultant, you'll have a monthly budget prepared for you, and the company will negotiate with your creditors to get a payment plan you can deal with. Although debt management might be the only way for you become debt free, you should know that debt management programs affect your credit score, so make sure you understand the implications before you start. Sound advice for financial freedom and personal sovereignty.

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