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Debt Management

Top Tips for Debt Management

| Staff Report |

Debt is every budget’s archnemesis. Debt is known to make saving and budgeting almost unbearable. It’s so easy to accumulate yet difficult to pay off. What’s more is that there are so many ways you can go into debt, it’s almost frightening. However, there are many ways you can keep what you owe under control and pay it off efficiently. In this post, we’ll be going over some of the top tips for debt management, so you can save more money in the long run.

Understand Different Types of Debt

Before you can come up with an effective strategy, it’s important that you understand the different types of debt first. There are quite a few forms of debt that anyone can have. Here’s a quick list of the different types of debt:

  • Car loans
  • Mortgage and rent
  • Unsecured debt
  • Medical debt
  • Personal loans
  • Student loans

Another form of debt isn’t from a loan or bill; it’s from taxes. Taxes are mandatory payments and must be filed correctly to prevent problems. However, many end up paying a fortune on their taxes, which can put a huge dent in your savings. Fortunately, you can easily write off certain expenses on your report. One of the best ways to save on taxes is to become a student loan cosigner.

Cosigning a student loan can help you deduct almost $3000 by itself. But before you go into it, you need to know that being a cosigner is a massive responsibility. Your credit is put at risk just like the primary borrower. If something goes wrong, you’ll be responsible for the debt payments. So, as you ask yourself “should I cosign a student loan?”, make sure to weigh the pros and cons before coming to a final decision.

Create a Repayment Plan

Just as there’s many forms of debt, there’s just as many ways to pay it off. You can go with a standard repayment plan, which gives you a fixed amount you must pay each month over a certain period of time. Alternatively, you can go with an extended plan. This functions basically the same way as a standard plan, except the debt payments are dragged out considerably with some of them going as far as 30 years. But as a result, the overall amount you must pay is greatly reduced.

Cut Costs While Increasing Your Income

Debt, combined with lifestyle upgrades and extra expenses, can quickly eat away at your finances. This is why you need reassess your budget and cut out any expenses you don’t need. Expenses such as gym memberships, streaming subscriptions, and eating out at restaurants can save you hundreds each month. The amount you save from cutting out expenses you don’t need can be put toward your debt to get rid of it faster. For the most accurate information, make sure to go over your bank statements from the last year. This will give you better insight into where your money is going. You might even find expenses that you didn’t even know you had.

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