Credit and debt are two important aspects of your finances. These two financial components play a big role in your financial and overall potential as borrowers. Having debt is not always a bad thing, but it is indeed a problem when it reaches a level that is too high or uncontrollable. Only a few people know the difference between good debts and bad debt, operate solely on their ability almost with minimum payments. However, a closer look on your finances can reveal some useful information that can be used to resolve debt problems and regain financial freedom.
Good vs. Bad
We all need debt to establish loan history and obtain or maintain a good credit score. Do not have credit worse than not having credit at all, especially when it comes to applying for certain types of loans such as mortgages. However, the balance between good and bad debt is complicated. Good debt is characterized by one to three open and active credit lines, each of which maintains a reasonable balance. For most people, a reasonable balance is equivalent to the balance of 30 percent or less debt than the total expenditure limit available. Going from this 30 percent number can quickly start the chip on your credit score.
Bad debt is characterized by a balance of debt that is too high, generally 80 or more percent of the total expenditure limits. Furthermore, bad debt is also a number of debts that you cannot afford to pay, only able to pay minimum payments on every month or accumulate more from interest every month rather than maturing minimum payments. What’s worse is debt obtained because you buy unnecessary items or use credit to pay other important bills every month, these two signals are greater financial problems.
Even if you go into a bad debt category, there is still time to make changes and get back control. The best place to start is to develop a debt management plan, which outlines the debt you need to eliminate or reduce and how you plan to get your goals. You might want to negotiate with creditors to request a lower monthly payment, freezing interest costs or even weigh on delinquency costs. If your debt presses your finances outside the size you can maintain or have a repossession risk asset, you might want to consult a bankruptcy lawyer to discuss your choice.
Regardless of the solution you choose, it’s important to remember two things about your debt. First, never stop paying payments intentionally. Strategic default rarely manages to benefit you and can stand between you and successful debt negotiations. Second, your debt is your responsibility and your creditors are not needed to help you. Therefore, it is important to be polite and flexible when trying to negotiate your debt.