Can`t afford to live because of debt?

26 May2009

Being in debt is never an ideal situation - but when your debt repayments cost so much that you simply can`t afford to pay for your day-to-day living expenses, the situation can be a lot more serious.

However, there may be a number of debt solutions that could help, no matter how serious your situation is. An expert debt adviser could provide all the guidance you`ll need to help clear your debts and get on with your life.

How can I get out of debt?

Organise your finances

In some cases, starting to clear your debts can be a simple matter of organising your finances properly.

On a monthly basis, if you start spending without putting money aside for your commitments first, you may well find yourself falling short later in the month. For that reason, it`s very important that you keep a budget - a record of how much you need to keep back for all your commitments each month (including debt repayments bills, food, petrol, etc.), and how much you have left over to spend as you wish.

Managing your finances in this way may seem complicated, but it might be easier than you think, as long as you keep track of a) how much you receive in a month, and b) how much money you have at any given time. This has become much easier in recent years with the introduction of online banking, so if your bank provides this service, you should probably look into using it.

However, if creating a budget isn`t enough - in particular, if your outgoings exceed your income - then it`s important that you look into finding the right debt solution for your circumstances.

Debt solutions

There are a range of debt solutions available, all designed for people in different situations and with varying levels of debt. Even if you don`t think you`ll ever be able to repay your debts in full, there are debt solutions that could help you avoid bankruptcy (although bankruptcy is sometimes the best option).

It`s essential that you speak to a debt adviser about any debt solution before making any firm decisions. Your adviser can recommend the best debt solution for you based on your circumstances, and will explain all the pros and cons of each.

For information on a range of debt solutions, speak to one of Think Money`s expert debt advisers on 0800 195 2911.

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