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How to Get Out of Debt Fast

By Edited Nov 19, 2016 1 2


Are you trying to get out of debt fast and improve your personal finances? Taking out lines of credit can be a vicious cycle that can put you into severe debt with little hope to pull yourself out. Most creditors actually don't want you to pay off your debt early as they will lose out on interest that can be charged against you. As a result, most lenders and creditors don't make it known that there are ways to pull yourself out of this endless cycle.

Are you ready to take control of your finances? Check out the following steps below that can help you get out of debt fast starting today!

Things You Will Need

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    Step 1


    Avoid taking out out any new lines of credit if you are trying to get out of debt fast. The first and most important step is to put an end to any of your bad financial habits which includes buying things on credit. If you can take control of these habits and change your way of life, you will be on track to putting your financial situation back on track. You should also avoid using existing lines of credit and rely completely on your income to make your purchases. This includes credit cards, personal loans, home equity loans, and any other type of credit line.

    Step 2


    Create a detailed plan identifying all of your lines of credit and where you have existing debt. In order to get out of debt fast, you need to know exactly where every penny of principal you have left to pay off. This will help you to identify a strategy in eliminating your debt and having a plan that you can stick to. Not knowing how much you owe, remaining principal, and whom you owe is going to hinder your debt elimination strategy - not help it!

    Step 3


    There are several strategies that you can use to get out of debt fast. One of the most popular methods is to identify your smallest balances that you need to pay off and tackle that source first. The thought here is to make additional payments on your accounts that hold the smallest prinicpal. This process would eliminate your debt in these smaller account and allow you to use the money allocated towards those accounts to other accounts. While there are plenty of different ways to take on your debt, making additional payments is always a good idea.

    Step 4


    Consolidate your debt any chance you can get, provided it makes sense. If you can lower the overall interest rate charged on all of your debt through consolidation, it will help you to get out of debt fast. One option for finding lower interest rates is to take a a peer loan (if you are eligible) which is often more attractive than those of traditional lenders. You could also investigate taking out a loan from a family member or close friend at a low rate. If you choose this route, be sure to treat this as a business transaction only so that it doesn't impact your personal relationship.
    Following the steps highlighted above are not going to immediately get you out of debt. The amount of time it will take you got pay off your debt will depend on the amount of money you still owe to lenders and creditors. Paying off your debt fast requires self sacrifice and discipline but is worth the effort.

    Tips & Warnings

    Be careful of debt consolidation scams that may cost you more money than what you are saving. Getting out of debt fast takes hard work, dedication, and personal sacrifice.
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