How to get your Finances Back on Track

It is extremely rare to find someone whose finances have never fallen off track at least slightly.  Sometimes it is due to poor decisions, even if those poor decisions seemed like good decisions at the time.  Other times it may be due to circumstances beyond your control like medical problems or job losses.  Whatever the reason for your finances getting out of control, it is important for you to get them back under control.  Here are some ways to help you to get your finances back on track, and improving both your financial situation and your credit score.

The first thing that you need to do when you are trying to improve your finances is to know where you stand.  Get a copy of your credit report so that you know what debts you have.  Figure out how much you make each month.  Figure out what you bills are for each month.  Don’t forget transportation expenses and food when you are figuring out how much your bills are.

Once you have figured these things out, it is time to figure out how to pay off everything.  Start by figuring out how much it takes to pay all of your current bills, and figure out what expenses you can cut.  While you may need your cell phone, for example, you may not need unlimited internet service on your phone, especially if you have that service at home.  You may want to keep your cable, but you may not need the extra movie channels that you have.  Actually, some people may be able to do away with cable altogether, but not everyone is willing to make that sacrifice. 

Anything that is leftover after your bills, is what you are going to pay off your bills with.  Split it between your debts, and negotiate with your creditors to get the maximum mileage out of it.  Lower interest rates wherever possible, and pay as much as possible toward each debt.  As you pay off one debt, put that money toward the next debt and so on.  Try to pay off the debts with the highest interest rates first, as those will be the ones that are going to cost the most in the long run.  As you do this, your finances will be more and more on track, and you can use the money that you were using to pay off bills so that you can save for your future.