Budgeting: Reduce Monthly Fixed Expenses
Everyone should try to reduce their monthly fixed expenses regardless of whether they're struggling with too much debt or not as you can easily save hundreds each month just by doing some comparison shopping. If you have good enough credit and own a home or relatively new car, you might consider refinancing to get a lower interest rate. Or, if you have too much credit card debt, you can try to consolidate it at a lower interest rate by using the equity in your home to borrow money to pay off all your debts.
If you can't refinance your mortgage or auto loan now because your credit isn't good enough, then start working on improving it. Visit the credit section of this website.
Ways to Reduce Fixed Expenses --
Home equity loan: Use the equity in your home to obtain a loan, cut your monthly payments significantly and pay down debt.
Refinance your mortgage: If your credit rating is good enough and you have enough equity in your home, you might be able to refinance your mortgage. Mortgage rates are lower than they have ever been, but banks have significantly tightened their lending standards. Find out more about mortgage refinancing. Here are some links to mortgage-related calculators at this website:
Reduce your credit card interest rate. Although many credit card companies have become quite stubborn since the Card Act was passed, you should still try to get your credit card interest rate lowered if you can. Articles that give you advice on doing that are as follows:
Reduce Monthly Fixed Expenses