How To Clear Debt Fast
How To Clear Debt Fast
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How To Clear Debt Fast
Most people have some form of debt; manageable and affordable, but the moment when you realise that your debt has become too much of a burden can be a scary one.
The good news is that it is possible to become debt free.
In the first instance, it is important to distinguish between debt that is unavoidable e.g. mortgages, car repayments etc. and debt that is potentially avoidable. Clearly, it’s the avoidable debt that should be tackled in order to free up income and to reduce stress levels.
Once you have formulated your plan, stick to it, and soon you will begin to notice the benefits.
Here are some steps to help you become debt free.
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List All of Your Debts
First things first…you will need to list all of the debts you owe in order to begin your plan. Which of the following do you have?
- A Mortgage
- Hire Purchase Debt for a vehicle or equipment
- Rent Arrears
- Logbook Loans
- Secured Loan
- Buy Now Pay Later Debt
- Council Tax Debt
- Gambling Debt
- Overdraft Debt
- Personal Loan Debt
- Student Debt
- Catalogue Debt
- Credit Card Debt
- HMRC Debt
- Payday Loan Debt
- Store Card Debt
- Utility Bill Debt
Find out how much you pay each month towards each debt and add it up to find your total amount. If you are unsure which debts you have, you can either check you bank statement to see what comes out of your account each month, or use a service like Experian.
Decide How Much You Can Pay Each Month
Once you have created your list of debts, now you need to list all of your other outgoings. These could include:
- Mobile Phone Bill
- Travel costs including petrol and diesel
If you find that some of these costs change each month, then take a sensible average of payments. Some people feel more confident planning for a “worst case scenario”.
Calculate Your Disposable Income
Once you are confident that you have an accurate idea of your spending, take your monthly income and takeaway your outgoings.
What you have left is your disposable income – your spare money.
If you find that you have nothing left, or that your outgoings are higher than your income, then you need to think very carefully about what immediate savings you can make e.g. making changes to your social life, trying to reduce you groceries spend etc.
If your income is simply too low to cover your debt, then it may be time to consider a formal debt solution.
Take a look at our guides below.
IVA Guides & Information
An IVA can be a great, positive way to help with your debt. Allowing you to continue living your life without the stress of being chased by your creditors. Click to find out more about what an IVA is.
Whether an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) is right for you or not will largely depend on your personal situation e.g. debt level, number of creditors, affordability etc. Click to find out more.
An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a debt solution where you agree with your creditors to pay all or part of your debts. When it is completed, any remaining debts are written off. Take a look at our article to find out more.
Many kinds of debts can be included in an IVA. IVAs are limited to unsecured debts but by solving your unsecured debt problems, you may find paying any secured debt much easier.
Applying for an IVA (Indivudual Voluntary Arranagement) is a fairly straightforward process. Click the button below and a member of our team will contact you and guide you through the process.
As with many things in life, there are benefits and consequences we need to consider. Take a look at our Pros and Cons article to find out whether an IVA is right for you
Setting up an IVA does incur some costs; however, you will not be expected to pay anything up front at the beginning of the arrangement and there will be no surprise costs at the end of the arrangement.
Other Debt Solution Guides & Information
For people who have one or more county court judgement made against them, an administration order is a legally binding debt solution which allows you to pay your debt back based on what you can afford.
Bankruptcy is a legally binding debt solution. It is often seen as a last resort if other debt solutions fail or can’t be completed within a reasonable timeframe. It is a process whereby debt is written off.
A debt consolidation loan can be an effective way of paying off debt to multiple creditors and combining it into one affordable payment. This allows you to reduce your monthly amount at the cost of more interest.
A Debt Management Plan is an agreement between you and your creditors to reduce your monthly payments. It isn’t a legally binding agreement but can be negotiated by you or a third party on your behalf.
Designed for individuals with very little disposable income, the Debt Relief Order can be accessed if you don’t own your own home and have a debt of no more than £30,000. It is used as an alternative to an IVA.
If you acquire a lump sum of money and you have troublesome debts, then a Debt Settlement Offer can enable you to pay that debt at a reduced amount. The repayment is negotiated between you and your creditors.