If you have loans, then you may feel that you will have them for a long time. This can be the case with some loans, but it can be relatively easy to pay some off quickly and get rid of them. Wiping out a loan can be a great relieve as it not only removes stress but will mean that you will have more money to spend. You may feel a loan gives you the freedom of having extra money. However, when that money has been spent, you have to repay the loan and the fees that go with it and this can make it difficult for you to manage. There are ways that you can repay your loans, which should be fairly easy and will allow you to have more money in the future.
Find out what you owe
You will need to start by working out exactly what you owe and who to. Understandably this might be something that you are reluctant to do, but it is important. It isn’t nice knowing exactly how much debt you have, but until you know, then it will harder to start to repay it. Include all loans, overdrafts, credit cards, store cards and money you owe to friends and family.
Calculate the costs of each loan
It is worth calculating how much each loan costs you. This is normally done by looking at the interest rate, although some loans may have charges as well. It is good to see which is the most expensive as if you pay this one off first you will save the most money and therefore get out of debt more quickly.
Choose which to repay
You may think that there is a different loan you would rather repay before the dearest. It could that you owe money to a friend or family member and feel they deserve to be repaid first. You might feel that one loan makes you feel more stressed than the others so you want to pick that one.
Be careful that you do not pick an overdraft or credit card because you want to pay it back so that you can spend on it again. You need be wary of getting loans again as they are expensive. It is best to try to avoid most types of loans in the future so that you do not get into uncontrollable debt again.
So think about the reasons for picking one loan over another to repay first. If you have no reasons, then pick the dearest to repay first.
Pay extra off the selected loan by spending less and earning more
In order to start paying back the loan more quickly, you will need to make overpayments. It is wise to find out whether there is a charge from your lender for doing this. If there is a charge then you will need to work out whether it is worth paying that charge or if you think that you should opt for a different loan to repay first.
In order to make these extra payments you will need some spare money. If you have money in a savings account, then it can be wise to use that. It can be hard to use this money but if it is earning less interest on it than you are paying on the loan then it is better to spend it on repaying the loan as you will save money and soon be able to replenish the savings. You will need to check the interest rate though and make sure that you are better off repaying the loan.
If your savings are not enough to repay your loans then you will need to find the money elsewhere. By spending less money, you will have extra left to make bigger repayments. It can be good to think about whether there are areas that you can temporarily reduce your spending so that you can repay the loans. These areas will vary depending on the person but cutting down spending on luxuries such as vacations, clothing, jewellery, alcohol, evenings out, eating out, subscriptions and take away food can really help. Also checking process and making sure that you are not overspending on things can help as well. You could also see whether there are any ways that you can earn more money. As well as your conventional job, where you could see if you can do extra hours, you could get a second job, do some work online from home, sell things that you own, set up a business or something else. There are many opportunities to earn out there – you just have to find one to suit you and your lifestyle.
Once first loan paid off, start on second
Once you have paid off the first loan, then you will need to choose the next one to pay off, working through them one by one until they are all paid off. It can be a great feeling every time one of them is paid off in full and knowing that you are closer to your goal of paying them all off.
The hardest thing can be to stay motivated. It can feel like you are punishing yourself because you are earning more, spending less but not seeing any of the extra money. However, it will be worth it when you have paid off all of your loans and no longer have to worry about them or pay out interest on them.
You may find that you need to keep reminding yourself of this. One way to do this is to write yourself a small note, with your goal of being debt free written on it and a reminder of why you want to repay the loans. It could just the freedom of not having any, the fact that you will no longer be paying interest payments to the lender, the fact that you will have more money available or something else. Keep a note of that as well so that you can keep remembering why you are doing this. It can be also be good to keep imagining how good it will feel to be free of debt.