Most of us will have debt at some point of our lives. This is because debt comes in a variety of forms. Car loans, personal loans and credit cards are all forms of debt and they are common for us to have applied for during our lives. They can be the ideal solution if you are looking to make a large purchase and pay it off over time.

That said, managing debt can be hard, particularly if you have a number of different borrowings.  You will need to make sure that you make a variety of payments each month, often on different days and each borrowing is likely to have a different interest rate.

The worst thing that you can do with debt is to fail to make the payments that you need to make. Every late payment that you make can have an effect on your credit score and will incur late fees and extra interest. Which can make you fall behind.

The best ways to manage your debt

So, how can you manage your debt? One of the simplest ways that you can manage it is to sit down and write a list of all the places that you owe money too, as well as how much you owe them. This will give you an idea of a budget that you need to stick to for these repayments and allow you to list which are the most important.

The most important monthly payments have to be your mortgage (or rent) as well as your council tax and utilities. Whilst you should be making an effort to pay every piece of debt that you have each month, paying these particular ones is vital for everyday life. You need to also take into account other expenses that you have on a monthly basis, this could include food shopping, transport and anything that could relate to your children and family.

Once you know how much your repayments are, then you can think about whether or not you can comfortably make them each month. If you think that you are going to struggle, then you might want to consider a solution such as a debt consolidation loan.

This allows you to combine your debt into one loan and one payment a month, which will make it all the easier for you to manage on a monthly basis.

Taking out a loan or a credit card can be a positive move, however, you need to be able to manage this debt properly. Keeping your debt in check isn’t always easy, but there are things that you can do to try and limit your risk of falling into bad debt and perhaps even falling behind with your repayments in the long term too.

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Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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