With 2018 in full swing, many of us are focussing on staying on track when it comes to achieving the resolutions that we set for ourselves this year.
For a lot of people that means tackling debt that may have crept up to higher levels over the festive period. With presents to buy and more social occasions to attend, it’s easy to let your finances spiral out of control over Christmas. If you are keen to get back on track, check out our tips for lessening your debt and ensuring this year is your most financially comfortable one yet.
Be aware of your borrowings
The first step you will need to take when it comes to reducing your debt is being aware of how much it is that you actually owe. Also get to grips with how much interest you are paying, and to whom it is being paid to. If you already have a credit card or loan with a particular company, it is unlikely that they will allow you to take out another one to contribute towards lessening your debt.
Transfer to a zero interest credit card deal
If your debts are substantial, it’s unlikely that you will be able to move them to one credit card account, but you do have an option. You could move as much as possible to a zero interest credit card deal. You would need to pay the minimum allowed on this account and then focus your efforts on paying off the more expensive debt that you weren’t able to pay off.
Check out all of your other finances
We all have a number of outgoings to deal with each month and in the interest of reducing your debt it may be worthwhile seeing if any of them can be altered in any way to help you reduce your debt.
Utilities – Gas and electricity prices are up following recent rises, so if you are on a standard tariff or fixed deal that is about to end, it may be worthwhile shopping around and seeing if you can find a better deal elsewhere.
Mortgage – For most people, this is the biggest expense each month so it can be helpful to discuss your options with a mortgage advisor. If you have had the same home loan for a long time you may be able to reduce the interest rate by remortgaging.
If you are concerned about any of your personal debt, property debt and/or negative equity we are able to offer industry expert advice to help you overcome your problems. Call Bell & Company today to discuss your circumstances with one of our skilled advisors, experts in debt.