There may come a time in most of our lives when we are faced with debt. Whether it be student loans, your mortgage or your business: debt is a monster that hides under our bed and only strikes when we least expect it. Debt sucks.
So, you've never been in debt before, but now that dreaded bank statement has landed on your doorstep. What's next?
What Is Debt?
Debt is the responsibility of paying off a sum of money to a person, organization or lender after setting out an agreed timeline for funds to be returned to the owner. Debt is used in most aspects of our lives, whether it be government lending such as student loans, a mortgage which is a debt you owe to the bank, or a credit payment of a car or mobile phone.
The moment you are in debt, you must be able to manage your funds efficiently to pay off the debt in small amounts each month until the full amount has been returned.
How Severe Is Your Debt?
The next you must ask yourself is how much debt are you in?Can you manage the repayments or will you need some help from family or friends to pay the amount off? Some people may even have to resort to getting a second job to make money required to pay off debt. For some unlucky souls, it may even be so severe that you have no way of paying back the money owed, and you may have to resort to contacting a bankruptcy attorney to help you file for bankruptcy and write off the debt. If you do find yourself in such a situation, you could lose your house, money, and car to pay off what you owe.
Prioritize Your Debts
If you have multiple outstanding orders to deal with, it would be a good idea to prioritize which ones you take care of first. Start off small, paying off the lowest amount and work your way up to the largest sum you owe. This way you can focus your budgeting on one at a time.
Learning To Budget
Planning practically when in debt is essential to get you back on your feet and out of that hole. Budgeting is the most effective way to manage your outgoings and make sure that you never fall below the red line again. The first step is to make a comprehensive list of all your incomings each month and make a list of each outgoing cost you face. For example, if you have car insurance, mortgage payments, and heating bills, you should write down the monthly cost of these things and compare them to your incoming wages. Whatever money you have left after paying off the essential costs is called expendable income. These funds can be used for food, shopping and days out. If you have a negative amount of money after calculating all essential costs up against income, you may have to consider downgrading your car, electric bills, and mobile phone contract, etc... It's all about learning what you can afford.