Overpaying your debts – a great way to save on interest and get back in the black as soon as possible.
Staying motivated – a real issue for people who are trying to put their hard-earned cash towards their debts, rather than spending it on things they’d rather be spending it on.
So: how do you stay motivated? Fortunately, the internet is awash with useful tools and calculators that – used wisely – can help us do just that.
Credit card calculators are particularly useful. Not just because credit cards are a type of debt that’s particularly easy to overpay, but because the low minimum monthly payments (coupled with often-high interest rates) mean it can cost you a fortune in the long run if you pay just what you have to pay every time – and no more.
So: find a decent credit card calculator online and put your credit card debt details into it. Find out how long it would take you to clear that debt if you just made the minimum payments every time. Find out how much interest you’d pay along the way.
In all probability, both answers will be pretty depressing.
Now, figure out how much you could put aside every month if you went without a few luxuries. I don’t like giving up my luxuries any more than you do, but it’s worth it if it’s in a good cause – and this is how you can prove that to yourself.
Go back to the calculator and put in the new figures: the ones that assume you’ll put those savings towards your debt every month.
The two answers (how long and how much) should be a lot less depressing this time around!
Overpaying your debts takes dedication and commitment. If you’re looking for the necessary motivation, this method might give you exactly what you’re looking for.
If you are struggling to stay motivated and pay back your debts or need further help and advice you might want to contact a professional adviser.?
Author Bio: This article was provided by the expert finance writers over at dacscotland.co.uk