Tips to Lower Your Debt Levels

by : Jay Moncliff

Debt Management Tip #1 Pay on time.
Making your payments when or before they are due is the easiest and most important way to protect your credit record. Added to this, on time payment means no late fees, and no adverse marks against your credit record either. Proactively managing your debt with on-time payments is the best way to avoid defaulting on your account through late payment, an activity that is a large source of fees for credit providers. Paying on time might be difficult, but it becomes even harder when you must find an extra $30 - $50 in late payment charges.

Debt Management Tip #2 Work closely with Your Creditors
An excellent way to improve relations and get flexibility with creditors is to communicate and work with them. Nearly all credit providers have debt management plans, and many other options like suspended payment plans if you are finding repayments difficult. Talking to your creditors is the best way to get flexibility and ease pressure. They will not just go away if you don’t, and a lack of communication is a sure-fire way to make your situation much worse.

Debt Management Tip #3 Pay out your Credit Cards
Credit cards are one of the most expensive forms of credit, and an important step in proactively managing your debts is to pay off these cards as quickly as possible. Prioritizing payment of your credit cards as part of a debt management plan will yield unexpected results. Your overall debt levels will drop faster as these cards nearly always charge the highest rates of interest, an minimizing the amount of interest you pay is an important step in proactively managing your debts.