Sunday, March 02, 2008

Budgeting For Debt Management



Of course, the earlier you make a financial plan (think budget), the better and easier life will be. However, if you have been conducting your financial life without a plan and find yourself in a real financial bind, it is not too late to make a budget now. If each payday, you are only paying the creditors who are screaming the loudest, you need a plan, my friend.

There are many sites on the Internet that have forms that guide you through the budget making process. Choose one that looks like it could work for you. The first thing to do as you follow the instructions for making a budget is to list the bills that are for the necessities of life, food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and clothing. These expenses are not optional. After you figure out how much just covering life essentials comes to each month, the remainder is what you have for paying other bills. This is what we call disposable income.

If the total of your disposable income is less than the minimum payments that you are being required to make each month on your secured and unsecured debts, then you are going to need to make some changes and maybe get some help. The first thing that you can do is contact all of your creditors yourself and try to make arrangements for paying them in a time frame that you can live with. But there are other options.

One option is to contact a debt management company. These companies can help with your unsecured debts (credit cards). There are both paid for and free debt management services available. Another option is a consolidation loan. This is almost always in the form of a second mortgage, but it could be the answer that you are looking for. A third option is a debt negotiation company that can negotiate with your creditors for you and get settlements of debts for greatly reduced amounts.

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