If you are wondering what to do when you are in debt then you are not alone. It can difficult to know where to start when it comes to being in debt. However as you have already accepted you are in debt then you have made a good start.
It is definitely worth talking to someone about your debts. You can contact one of the many debt charities or alternatively you could fill in the short form at the end of this post and get help. Before getting help it is a good idea to get together all of your paperwork. This includes things like bank statements, letters and your bills. That way you have all the information to hand if and when it is required.
You can also contact your creditors and explain you are experiencing financial difficulties. You may find some are helpful but sometimes you are not so lucky. However it is still worth contacting them to explain you are struggling.
In the short term whilst you are sorting out your debts, it is also worth looking at what you spend each month. The reason you should do that is so you have a better understanding of where your money is going. You may find you can make some savings on your normal monthly expenses. I recently wrote an article about how to get out debt and it might be worth a look as a starting point for you.
If you still have credit cards with available balances on them then you should cut them up or have them hidden from you. You may be tempted to spend on them which is only going to add on to your debt. If you are still taking out payday loans then stop, these can have a devastating affect on your finances. If you are struggling to repay your payday loans, read my post on setting up a Payday Loan Repayment Plan.
In the long term you will be looking for a plan to start repaying your debts. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it is best to get help from a qualified professional. They will look at your debt and types of debt as well as your personal circumstances. From this they will advise you on the best solution for your debt problem.
Once you have a plan in place it is a case of sticking to the monthly payments until you reach the end of the plan. This can vary depending on the type of debt solution you are using and what types of debt you have. This will all be explained by your chosen debt help organisation though so you should at least have a good idea of when you will be debt free.
You are not alone with your debts. In case you don’t know I am also in debt and that’s how this blog came into existence. You can find out about the latest goings on in the My Debt Progress section on this blog.
Another blog about debt where the author is also repaying their own debt is DiseaseCalledDebt.com. Hayley the author of DiseaseCalledDebt.com provides a lot of practical tips along with documenting her progress in repaying their debt. Well worth a read if you ask me.
The fact is that there are lots of people in debt so don’t feel like you are the only one. You can and will solve your debt problems with the right advice and help.
If you are looking to get help with your debts then please visit the Get Debt Help page here at Debt Advice Blog. From there you will find details of organisations who are there to help you, and not make money from your situation.