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Offers 7 Tips to Eliminate Debt Faster

Consider using these tips to take control of your finances

One key ingredient to saving more money is to eliminate debt. Below are seven tips on how to pay down debt faster.

  1. Use tax refund A new year brings a new tax season. If you are expecting to receive a tax refund in 2022, consider putting all or a portion of that refund toward a debt you want to eliminate this year.
  2. Put salary increases toward debt If you receive a salary increase in 2022, use part of that to increase your monthly debt payments to pay them off faster.
  3. Put credit cards away If you have excessive credit card debt, continuing to use your credit cards will only exacerbate the issue. Put them somewhere safe until your credit card debt is in a more manageable position.
  4. Cut the clutter If your home is full of items you no longer need or use, get rid of them. Find all the items you no longer need that may be of use to someone else and post them for sale online. Use the proceeds from those sales to pay down debts.
  5. Switch monthly payments to biweeklyA small change you can make to help pay off debts faster is to switch your payment schedule from monthly to biweekly. Schedule half of the amount due to be paid every two weeks, and you will be end up making 13 payments in a year rather than 12. 
  6. Consolidate debt under a lower interest rateIf you are paying off several debts at various interest rates, you may want to consider consolidating them under one manageable interest rate. Doing so will reduce the number of bills you’re paying and may also reduce the total interest rate on your loans, allowing you to pay them off more quickly.
  7. Create a spending plan If you feel like you are getting buried by a number of debts, you may want to consider implementing a more specific spending plan. Spending plans include the avalanche method — making the minimum payment on all lower interest rate debts and using excess funds toward the debt with the highest interest rate.  You could also use the snowball method — using excess funds to pay off the smallest debt first, then re-allocating that payment to the next smallest until all your debts are eliminated. These spending plans can help you eliminate debts faster while giving you flexibility when unexpected expenses arise.


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