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3 Steps to Overcoming Loan Debt

These tough economic times we are currently experiencing in the UK have affected us in a number of ways, and have arguably changed the way we live our lives. The majority of us are now much more aware of our spending and are even seeking ways in which we can stretch our income by taking on extra hours or a second job.

DebtUnfortunately though, with households budgets stretched to their limit, any unexpected expenses such as broken down cars or household appliances could break the budget and leave you in financial trouble. Even despite your best efforts, high priority bills and credit commitments can be left unpaid resulting in debt and black marks on your credit file.

Rather than burying your head in the sand and hoping that things miraculously get better; you need to be practical and tackle your debt head-on. We’ve come up with five steps that will help you get debt free quicker than you ever expected:

Step One: Contact your Lender

The first thing to do when you are behind on loan repayments is contact your lender. Failure to do this could result in further late payment fees or charges being attached to your account and in extreme cases; defaulting of the loan.

Be honest with the lender and explain your situation in full. The chances are they’ll be sympathetic and will look to formulate a payment plan in a hope to get your loan back on track. This payment plan may mean breaking your current repayments down into weekly installments or splitting the arrears into future monthly repayments.

It is in the lenders best interest to get their money back; however they’re not going to formulate a payment plan that’s not affordable for you. Often they’ll run through a debt-to-income calculation in order to work out exactly how much you can afford per week/ month.

Step Two: Create a Budget

If you haven’t already done so then now is a great time to create a budget. When creating your budget the first thing to do is to write down all sources of income, this will include your main salary, any benefits you may receive and any additional sources of income such as investment income or student grants. Next you need to write down all outgoings, you may find using an online budget planner such as the one on the Money Advice Service will help, normal outgoings include: mortgage or rental payments, transport, insurance, utilities, food, health costs and subscriptions – be sure to include your scheduled loan repayments in this section too.

If having subtracted your outgoings from your income you are left with a negative figure, or with very little surplus income; you need to make some cutbacks. The first place to look is your non-essential outgoings such as entertainment and leisure. Next, assess your essential outgoings such as energy and insurance costs; by comparing costs using an online comparison tool you could find that you’re paying over the odds and therefore could be saving large amounts of money each month.

Step Three: Put any spare cash towards your loan repayments

Lastly, you need to discipline yourself to put any spare cash you have towards your loan repayments. At first it may be tough not to spend this on leisure purposes such as going out, but the more money you’re able to put towards the repayments, the quicker you’ll be debt free.

While you’re in debt, your number one priority should be getting out of it meaning any going out will need to take a backseat for the foreseeable future. While you may have agreed on a payment plan with your lender, you should always aim to pay off the arrears as quickly as possible to save yourself money in the future.

This article has been written by Jason Scott on behalf of Guarantor Loans Online. For more top money saving tips visit https://www.guarantorloansonline.co.uk/Blog.