Please Note: Blog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors.

Debt: Taming The Beast - Debt Reduction Measures

Handling debt can be a life consuming exercise that will leave you frustrated and depressed. These debts come in many forms and sizes, and they are enticing to acquire but, not so intriguing to pay off. We all find ourselves in situation where we owe some money and there are ways to handle it in the simplest and easiest way possible. Here are tips on how to handle debt and ensure debt reduction.

1st Tip: scrutinize your spending adequately and determine where you made the mistake and where you diverted all the excess spending. After pinpointing the exact cause of your overspending, try to avoid situations that might lead to that kind of spending and hence reduce the spending on those areas.

2nd Tip: create a suitable money management plan that should include a smart living budget that will enable you to experience debt reduction. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Use all the recommended guidelines of budgeting that you find after researching online to straighten out all your finances. If a section of your budget exceeds the recommended percentage, you should cut back on the spending on that section. Overall budget should not exceed the 100% mark.

3rd Tip: if the reason why you make all those extra spending is an underlying cause like low self-esteem or wanting to be noticed and the likes, it is high time that you isolate these personal issues and deal with them once and for all. If you feel you cannot do it on your own, confide in a loved one or seek professional help from a qualified psychologist. It will benefit you tremendously if you finally get to the root-cause of your overspending problem and get on the road to recovery i.e. Budget reduction.

4th Tip: allocate in your budget, if it allows, extra cash on high interest bearing bank accounts which include your credit card. Select one account at a time and increase the payment until the full amount is paid off, let it be only one account at a time and no more. This is a good method of fast-tracking the debt reduction process. The reason why you should pay off one account at a time is that a large payment to a single account at a time will have a greater effect than multiple small payments on multiple accounts. If you by any chance get any intermittent income from sources such as tax reliefs, dividend on stocks and bonuses, you should begin channeling these resources to debt reduction or elevation by paying off outstanding debts.

5th Tip: the debt reduction process involves setting and meeting goals. Like every goal, ensure that they are smart (specific measurable attainable relevant and time-bound) goals. Keep track of all your income and expenses and with every achievement, set a higher goal at debt reduction. You should monitor and update your budget on a regular basis so as to stay abreast on all your spending and also your budgeting to ensure that you have not slipped back to bad old habits.

More info

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.