What to Do if you are Getting Into Financial Difficulty

By: David Lynes

In this day and age many people find themselves facing financial difficulties. With consumer debt at sky high levels, a series of interest rate rises, and the increasing cost of petrol and food, financial management has become a nightmare for many households. For those with a range of debts problems can be even worse, as there are more financial commitments to try and stay on top of.

Many people find themselves struggling to make ends meet each month, but it is vital that you do not ignore your financial difficulties, as this can quickly lead to missed and late repayments on debts and financial commitments, which in turn can lead to a myriad of consequences, such as a ruined credit rating and court action. As soon as you realise that you are getting into financial difficulties you need to look at your options.

Of course, most of us experience the odd month or two where money is tight, but if this a regular occurrence - for example if you realise that your outgoings are more than your income - you need to take action as quickly as possible before things get out of hand. There are a number of options available to those experiencing financial problems, and the one that is best suited to your needs will depend on the circumstances.

One of the simplest ways to reduce your outgoings and ease financial difficulties is to consider consolidation of your existing debts. By taking out a consolidation loan and repaying all of your smaller debts, such as credit cards, store cards, loans, etc, you could find that your finances are far easier to manage, and more importantly you pay out less each month leaving you with reduced outgoings.

If you want advice on how to better manage your finances and ease financial problems you can look at getting debt counselling from one of the various debt charities in the UK. You may also find that you are eligible for a debt management plan, where you make one monthly payment to a debt management company based on your income and outgoings, and this is then split between your creditors. However, this can mean that you are in debt for far longer and your credit rating is affected.

Another solution is to contact your creditors yourself and speak to them about your financial situation. This could mean asking if you can extend the term of credit and pay less each month in order to increase affordability. There are also solutions for those with severe debt and financial problems, and this includes the Individual Voluntary Arrangement. With this process you pay a set amount each month for five years to your creditors, after which time any remaining balance is written off. However, do bear in mind the serious long term effects on your credit rating and financial future.

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