This is not a definitive guide to fixing your debt problems, we would need at least several chapters for that! It is some basic and general ideas that may or may not assist you. It would be a good idea to read through these suggestions thoroughly and highlight any that you may think of the useful for you in your particular circumstances.
If you are in debt, you need to take some kind of action as soon as possible to start to alleviate the problem. Do not just select the options that seen easiest to deal with, being in debt is a serious problem that requires serious answers.
Select any ideas that will help to reduce your level of debt. If some of these concepts seem difficult, just imagine how hard bankruptcy can be on an individual and a family.
First on your list should be attempts to reduce the amount of money that you currently spend. There are so many little items that you could cut back on, or remove, that would greatly improve the state of your finances.
For example, do you pay $50 or $60 a month for your cable? Could you cut that back to the next package below, saving perhaps $10 or $20.
Can you cut back on the number of times you eat out per week? If you eat breakfast at a diner twice a week, could you cut it back to just once? Two evening meals at restaurants each week could easily be cut back to one. This one breakfast and one evening meal by two people, and two children can easily add up to $70 or $100 per month.
It is not so much, what you cut back on his more an attitude of mind, and an idea that you can save substantial amounts of money through individual small sacrifices.
This frugal living style, can also the extended to other areas especially grocery shopping, most people do not realize that groceries can often be the single largest family expense per month. Adding up to even more than the mortgage payment. Any attempt at reducing this grocery bill by cutting out excesses can result in significant and meaningful savings.
Curbing your utility usage can also be a great money saving tool, turn off some of the lights that are burning or no reason. Turn down the air con, by just a couple of degrees to save a large amount of money every month. Again, this is all just attitude of mind, and getting your head around the idea of not pointlessly spending money for no reason.
Another simple idea is to avoid unnecessary recreational shopping trips to the mall. Many people treat shopping is some kind of expensive hobby; this is a practice that you should definitely avoid. If you are a lady goes out shopping and for a coffee with your friends once a week. This is the kind of practice that can land you in serious financial problems. If you are spending large amounts of money just because everyone around you is doing the same.
This is not to say that you should not find alternative things to do with your day. Keeping busy without spending money is an important trick to learn, boredom can lead to excessive spending. Find a new hobby or pastime that does not require large amounts of cash.
Telling your friends and family that you are having some, difficulties may be a little embarrassing, but it could be a great mental boost to your money saving schemes. Telling other people will leave to them, hopefully encouraging you to keep up your debt restructuring and money saving ideas. It may also lead to offers of financial or other assistance from your friends and family.
If you should get an offer of financial help, you should seriously consider taking it an interest free loan from a member of your family. This is far better than trying to pay off the high interest credit card. You should also try to alter your spending habits; you can do this by planning purchases, especially major ones. Don't decide to purchase a new TV or sofa on a whim. Carefully plan all of your purchases, and decide if you really need the item, or whether you are just craving it.
It is very hard for us Americans to even deal with the concept of cutting back and living a more frugal lifestyle than we are used to. However, the current nationwide, financial situation means that huge numbers of us will have to learn this lesson very quickly, or face severe financial hardship in the near future.