For most people, debt settlement is the right solution to get back on track quickly.
Incurring some debt to get ahead in life can be justified. However, incurring bad debt or not managing debt efficiently can hinder your future.
There are basic steps you can take to manage, reduce or even eliminate your debt completely.
1. Know the difference between good debt and bad debt.
A good debt creates future value such as a home, an education or a business. A bad debt is used to consume goods and services with no lasting value. Typically this involves credit cards or personal loans. Try to avoid those.
2. Keep Track of all your debts
Know who you owe money to and how much. Pay high interest debts first. If possible pay off your credit card bill in full every month. Don’t miss minimum payments to avoid additional charges or collection actions.
3. Have a monthly budget
For more information on budgeting, click on Tips to Manage your Money.
4. Pay attention to warning signs of financial problems
Typical signs would include having no savings, using credit cards to pay living expenses, paying one debt with another, receiving collection calls and letters, not seeing any reduction of your debts over time.
5. Consider taking formal steps to reduce or eliminate your debt such as debt consolidation, consumer proposal or bankruptcy.
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