The debt situation is already difficult, but the situation with the pandemic has made it even worse. The number of people in debt continues to increase, and there is every reason to believe that the situation is not about to improve. Is it not possible to pay off all debts completely, like managing debts in a way as not to get totally carried away by the wave of indebtedness?
The first thing to do before panicking is to sit down and make a list of all the debts. When you’re fighting several enemies and don’t have the strength to face them all at once, it’s important to establish a classification and gradually eliminate the danger. The same applies to credits. Making a list of credits means both listing all the credits, but also paying attention to the percentages of those credits.
It should be assumed that there are two main categories of credit. The “good” credits, whose interest rate is relatively low. We can also include in this category debts that can be investment. These are mortgage debts, for example. “Bad credits” are credit card credits with an exceptionally high-interest rate and consumer credits.
I recommend establishing a clear and strict monthly budget. What are the exact financial entries? What are the general expenses? Once you have a fixed idea of the financial behavior, you can now sort through the expenses and limit or even eliminate all the extra expenses. Here, you don’t have to be heavy-handed. The expenses should be limited to the maximum that has to review the eating habits and daily behavior.
Contrary to popular belief, it is quite possible to manage one’s debt(s) and avoid finding oneself in a complex situation. I regularly read desperate messages from people who find themselves stuck in debt and don’t know how to get out of it. But the question is: did you try to talk to your bank in advance? Many are surprised. It’s very strange because what the bank is all about is its money. As a result, they are inclined to talk to customers and even make concessions if they are given a guarantee that their money is not lost. Therefore, before panicking and losing your mind you should talk to your banker.
This is the first step to take. Do it once you realize that you will have trouble repaying your credit. You should never wait until the situation becomes so complex that you have no way out. The ideal is to call immediately upon the services of a professional. These, of course, are not free. However, he will help to adopt a winning attitude and provide judicious advice to get out of the situation. Those who wish to go through this step alone should keep in mind some important information.
- Always make a clear plan of action. The worst attitude is to improvise. When you go to creditors to ask for a deadline, it is essential to have a story and a plan of action that makes sense.
- Always have a balanced record. You can’t pay back on the spot because X, Y, and Z (with documents to prove it). However, if your creditors give you a deadline, you will do it within X, Y and Z (with documents to prove it). The stronger the case, the lower the chances of failure.
Many people consider this option as the last and the one to resort to when one has no more hope. This is not true! Of course, it is not the first option. However, this does not mean that it should be used when collectors are already knocking on the door. The principle here is to collect absolutely all your debts and ask the bank for a loan to pay them off in full. Afterwards, the only credit that will have to be repaid is the one that has paid off all the others.
Here, it is impossible to improvise or try to do it alone. I recommend that you hire a specialist who will help you build a reliable application. Whichever option you choose, it is important to keep in mind that the problem must be solved as soon as possible. The mistake that many people make is to wait until the situation is totally desperate. It is important to remember that creditors are not blind, they know how to distinguish between debtors who still have some leeway — that is, high chances of repaying their debts — and those who are already drowned. The first ones will always have a better chance of convincing them than the second ones.