Effectively Paying Down Debt | 10.26.09
If you are like me you probably graduated from college with two things; a diploma and a pile of debt. It is completely normal for students to have federal student loans and private student loans to pay off after college, but on top of credit card payments, rent and insurance payments these loans can be a huge burden. There are ways to quickly pay down your debt without getting overwhelmed. Here is the method that I use:
1: Figure out your monthly income and expenses including any student loan and credit card bills. This will allow you to see how much money you have left over after the bare minimum is paid.
2: Pay at least the minimum payment on all of your debts each month. Missing any payment can negatively affect your credit score. A poor credit score will makes it hard to rent an apartment, buy a car and take out any kind of loan in the future. Additionally, if you put off making payments you will end up getting slammed with interest in the long run.
3: Without neglecting any other living expenses and a modest savings plan, use any extra money to pay off whichever debt has the highest interest rate. If you have a lot of credit card debt it is probably best to pay that down first. Once your credit card debt is paid off, try not to accumulate any additional debt. Once your first debt is paid you can move on to using your extra money to pay off whichever student loan has the highest interest rate and so on until you are debt free.
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