Tackle Debt | Improve Credit Score

Most consumers know that debt is bad for their credit score.  They know the effect that debt has on their credit plus they know that it can be expensive.   However some people seem to take the wrong approach on how to tackle debt problems.   Cleaning up a debt problem sounds hard, but approaching it from the right direction makes it easier to tackle.

An added bonus with with less debt is that you will have an improved credit score.   Credit scores carry a lot of weight in the financial world now-a-days; so if you want to get ahead financially you need a good score.

The Basics Of Tackling Debt Problems

#1) Stop Spending.

The only way to dig yourself out of debt is to stop piling on more debt.   If you have high credit card balances, stop using your credit cards.

To improve your credit score you have to show creditors that you are taking your debt problem seriously.  You do that by showing them that you are making every attempt to stop adding more debt.

#2) Set Up A Budget.

Develop a very basic habit – if you don’t need it, you don’t buy it.

If you set up a budget, you must follow it otherwise don’t waste your time setting it up.  You must have some self-discipline to use a budget. A budget will help you buy based on need vs want.   If it’s not on the budget, it does not get purchased, period!!!

#3) Pay Off Your Debt.

Improve your credit scoreAnother way to show creditors that you are serious about cleaning up your debt is to set up a pay-off plan.

You can consolidate your debt to make it easier for you to manage.   Or you can pay off each credit card or loan one at a time.  Pay off that debt with the highest interest rate first.

To help you get back on track, your lender may be willing to negotiate a lower interest rate or extend the terms of the loan for you.   You will not know the extent of any offers from your lender unless you ask…so ask.

#4) Stop Taking Out Loans.

With a high debt balance you will have a hard time finding any lenders to extend a loan; but if you do, don’t take it.   Taking out more loans has the exact opposite affect on your credit score and debt problem.   You want to stop the debt not add onto it.