Before you begin debt recovery procedures, take some time to compute your debt. Get three copies of your credit reports. Try to set up a financial plan that works for you. If you find that your debt does not match your budget, try to find solutions for saving money. Calculate how much you can afford to spend each month to pay off your debts. Consider your options. Consider how you can make a little extra cash to pay off your debts faster.
You may be able to sell a few items from your home to make some extra cash to pay down your debts. Set a budget. Each week when you are paid for your job, set aside 20 percent of your earnings for bills, 20% for saving, and 20% for the cost of living. You may want to consider taking on a second job to earn money so that you can pay off your bills quickly.
Write letters to your creditors. Ask your creditors if they are willing to waive interest rates and penalties so you can pay off your debt quicker. Ask your creditor if it is possible that you can set up a debt settlement plan that works with your financial planning. Some companies are willing to reduce your bills up to one-half of the amount you owe. Creditors like to keep regulars coming back rather than see them go, so write letters to your creditors. Inform them of your debt recovery plan.
You can solve your own debt problems. There is no real fast credit repair solution; rather it takes time to pay off what you owe. It takes some time and effort on your part to pay off your debt. You will need to remain aware of your actions at all times while you are paying off your debts. Stick with the repayment plan set by you and your creditor. If you stumble, it will take more time to pay off the amount you owe. Keep records and logs of each payment you send to your creditors. Review the records monthly, and estimate your budget and financial plan again.
If you decide to get help with a debt management company to help you pay off your debts, it is important to employ a company whom you can trust. Use the Internet to help you choose a debt relief program by performing a background check. A company that claims they can wipe out your debts simply by removing any negative points against your credit score is misleading. The FTC sends warnings every day about these companies. Research the Internet to find out more information about FTC warnings. It is not possible to have negative information removed from your reports, or even correct errors, without taking the proper steps. You will need to repay your debt and dispute errors to have negative points against you removed.
Get copies of your three credit reports. Free copies are available through the three major credit bureaus. Consumers are eligible for one free copy per annum. Look over your reports. Check for errors, negative information, and fraudulent accounts. If you notice any errors request a dispute form from the major credit bureaus and dispute them immediately. The companies will investigate the errors. Always calculate your debt and set up a budget before you begin the process of debt recovery.