Debt Management Basics

If debt management is a problem for you, it may be time to learn the basics of how to plan out your finances to help you create more organized and responsible spending habits. Irresponsible spending can easily get you in trouble with creditors, and essentially ruin your credit along with creating bigger problems.

If you think you need help with debt management, the time is now to consider what steps you might take to get your finances in order once.

What Circumstances Call for Debt Management?

There are a number of instances for which might want to consider debt management. They include:

  • Bankruptcy – If you’re thinking of filing a bankruptcy, you will need to notate how much you’re bringing in and spending on a worksheet.
  • Credit Counseling – If you are looking to sign up for a credit counseling service, creating a budget plan is a good idea.
  • Negotiations with Creditors – Even if you plan to negotiate with creditors on your own, it’s good to write out your spending habits to determine just how much you can afford to pay back to them each month.

Even if you don’t have these more serious financial troubles to consider, debt management can still be very useful to you – mostly in making sure that those situations don’t occur for you.

Make Your Money Work for You

How to Go About Creating a Budget Plan

Here are a few steps to consider if you’re thinking of creating a budget plan:

  • Step #1: Analyze Spending – First, it’s good to find out where you’re spending your money (eating out, shopping, bills) to determine how much of it is necessary and how much is being wasted.
  • Step #2: Cutting Back – Next, you want to look at where you can start cutting corners. For instance, dropping magazine subscriptions and gym memberships can help you redirect your money in better ways.
  • Step #3: Time for Action – Finally, it’s time to determine what debt management action to take to reduce your debt. Do you need credit counseling? Should you file a bankruptcy? Or can you handle the creditors on your own?

By creating a budget plan you can easily determine how you should manage spending from now on. Debt management is something you can handle as long as you’re determined to make the right decisions moving forward.

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About the Author

Stacey Bumpus

Stacey Bumpus holds both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Communications. After spending years in corporate communications, she discovered freelancing was really her cup of tea and fell in love with finding and writing about the latest financial news. Now, providing news and tips about banking, mortgages, taxes (and even logging her own efforts to save for retirement), she's not only fulfilling her lifelong passion, but also helping others manage their finances responsibly.

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