Many of us can have a laid-back attitude to being in debt. But being in debt is a scary and potentially dangerous place to be. Whether it’s a little or a lot, for those who have faced up to it, it can feel like there is no way out. However, there are a number of ways to improve your situation. Read on for five effective methods that could help you get out of debt.
If you’re in a lot of debt, the chances are you’ve had to be dishonest with people about how bad things have become. But to get back out you have to start being honest. Most of all you must start being honest with yourself. Accepting your situation now will get you on the right track and back to a debt-free life sooner.
File your bills properly
If you let your bills and letters pile up by the door, now is the time to stop. Put aside a good chunk of time to get out all of the bills, letters and forms you’ve ever received. It’s your decision how you organise them. One way is to sort them by date. Another way is to sort them by topic. So, a folder for electricity bills and a folder for water bills, and so on. If you do go and speak to somebody about getting help, they will want to see these documents. By doing it now, you’ll have them ready and save time further down the line. And no, you don’t need to invest in folders and envelopes for this. A packet of cheap elastic bands or paper clips will do the job.
Get help from professionals.
From financial advisors to online loan brokers, there are a number of people out there whose job it is to help you improve your financial status. Research reputable companies and ensure they have all the correct credentials.
Make a budget and stick to it
Don’t go any further into debt. One way you can prevent doing this is by drawing up a comprehensive budget plan. Microsoft Excel is a good tool to use on your laptop to create a spreadsheet. Or, if you need the spreadsheet to be accessible from multiple computers, try out Google Sheets.
Look to switch things up
Some banks offer a free lump of cash if you switch your current account to them. You can use this cash to pay off part of your debt. Or, make money by switching things like your mortgage or your suppliers. These companies are all in competition with each other for the same customers. For this reason, they sometimes slash their prices or offer better rates. Even if you’ll only be saving a small amount each month by switching, think of it long term. A £20 a month might not sound like a lot, but after a year? That’s £240. After ten years? That’s £2,400! If you can make these types of savings with multiple expenses, you could be looking at a lot of money saved in the long run.