If you have debt, one of the fastest way to get rid of your debt to pay your debt off in the correct order.
STEP 1: Create a list of all your current debts
The first step is understanding what you owe. To start, make a master list of all your monthly credit card and loan statements. For each bill, include:
- The creditor’s name
- The total amount you owe on that bill
- The minimum required monthly payment
- The interest rate (also known as APR)
- The payment due date
STEP 2: List all of your monthly expenses
Add up all your monthly expenses: rent, car, food, utilities, health insurance and the minimum payments on your debts; as well as regular spending on things such as entertainment and clothing. Subtract that figure from your monthly after-tax income. The remaining amount is what you could put toward debt repayment each month—though it may make sense for you to save some.
STEP 3: Call your lenders
Call your lenders and explain your situation. They may be willing to lower your interest rate temporarily or waive late fees. You may also be able to lower your interest rate by transferring some high-interest credit card debt onto a new credit card with a lower rate (though that’s not a long-term solution). If you’re unsure if this would be a possibilities for your provider/ lender. Have a looking into this lender to review the contact and legalities at, www.cashfloat.co.uk, please do note however that these terms may differ from provider to provider.
STEP 4: Payoff high interest rate or small balances first
You can start with the bill carrying the highest interest, or the one with the smallest balance. Prioritizing the highest-rate debt can save you more money: You pay off your most expensive debt sooner. Paying off the smallest debt can eliminate a bill faster, providing a motivating boost. Whichever you choose, make sure to pay at least the minimum on all your debts. You might also want to find out if you have any additional debts, for example, something like Payment Protection Insurance as there is a ppi cut off date for any claim to be filed.
Pay the monthly minimum on each debt. The exception: your target bill. Put more money toward this one to pay it down faster. Once you pay off that bill, choose another to pay down aggressively. Your monthly debt repayment total shouldn’t change, even when you eliminate bills. This way you gain momentum as you go, putting more and more money toward each remaining bill.
STEP 5: Get creative
You can use your annual tax refund or holiday bonus to pay down debt. Look for small ways to save money every day, such as riding your bike to work, or eating in instead of dining out. Another way to make a dent quickly is to sell unused or unnecessary belongings—maybe downgrading your car to a more affordable model with lower monthly payments.
STEP 6: Break the cycle
As you start to escape debt, it can be tempting to reward yourself by splurging on a new smartphone or an expensive dinner but just a few purchases can erase all your hard work. Instead, buy things with cash or your debit card, and think long and hard before taking on any new debt.
Read this book
If you want to live a debt free life, I strongly recommend you read the book “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. Ramsey’s book really paves the way to get out of debt and stay out of debt.
Hi, I’m Michael Ruger. I’m the managing partner of Greenbush Financial Group and the creator of the nationally recognized Money Smart Board blog . I created the blog because there are a lot of events in life that require important financial decisions. The goal is to help our readers avoid big financial missteps, discover financial solutions that they were not aware of, and to optimize their financial future.