A basic first step for debt reduction is to prepare a budget and plan your spending. Once you have a budget, you must stick to it. When you follow a budget, you can take any extra money you have each month and put it toward your debts. This will lower your total debt and save money on interest fees.
Don’t spend money on items that are not in your budget. Eventually, if nothing else changes, you will be able to pay off your debts. If you find this hard to do, see a professional budget counsel or for advice on planning a budget.
Sell a Possession
A personal possession is something that you own and do not owe money on.
Selling a personal possession can get rid of some of your debt.
If you cannot earn more money or cut down your expenses, selling a personal possession can be a good idea.
Work With Your Mortgage Lender
Contact your mortgage lender right away when you run into mortgage problems. You can then work with your lender to find a solution.
Consider refinancing your mortgage to pay off your consumer debits. Beware of CHIP plans if you are a senior. Their no payment equity loans eat the rest of your equity and in 5 or 10 years you their interest will have built up so high you will get nothing for yourself out of selling your house.
A Consumer Proposal is a means to negotiate with your creditors for the reduction of you debts and/or extension of time for payment of their debts. The payment schedule that is created in consultation with a your advisor is based on your income, living expenses and family creditors. It prevents your creditors from taking legal actions to seize assets or garnishee wages.
The best way to get detailed information about filing an assignment in bankruptcy or a proposal is to contact a Trustee in Bankruptcy. There is no cost for this and there is no obligation to proceed with bankruptcy.
Credit Counselling services can work out a lower payment plan with your creditors for you. They charge fees despite their touted "non profit" status. The fees are usually hidden and deducted from your payments. Credit counselling plans will take years to pay off your debts.