A couple of months ago I used to owe a lot of money. The situation became horrible after an accident. As a result of the situation, my debt skyrocketed to:
- Ambulance bill: $500
- Hospital: $3000
- Bank account overdraft: $1000
I take home on average $4540 net per month that is $1135 per month.
Typically, many financial advisors or personal finance specialists will recommend the debt snowball method. Basically, you start with the smallest in my case $500. Then, you move to the next smallest $1000 bank overdraft and you finish with the largest in my case, hospital $3000. The method has proved to be effective for many based on reviews.
However, for me, I couldn’t afford to choose the snowball method. Because I like to visualize things horizontally. In addition, I need cash flow to take care of bills such as rent, food, commute, phone line.
Consequently, this is how I paid $4500 of debt in 3 months.
- Decide on the amount to allocate towards your debt
I decided to go hard and I allocated $500 per week toward my debt after carefully analyzing my budget.
- Debt to ratio
Determine the ratio per debt over your total debt. For example bank overdraft (1000/4500) x 100
Bank overdraft represents: 22.222%
Multiply the debt to the ratio by the respective percentage. Consequently:
Bank overdraft: 22.222% x 500 = $112
Hospital: 66.666% x 500 = $333
Ambulance: 11.111% x 500 = $56
That is the amount I was putting down every week for each item.
I was able to pay off everything in 3 months. Equally, when you are working towards paying your debts, it is important to utilize a method that works for you. That is why, in my case, this method actually helps me a lot. By spreading my payment every week, I was able to actually see how everything is decreasing.
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