As people prepare to file their taxes, they are likely to go over their finances. Many individuals will start to look at what they owe and discover that they are more deeply in debt than they had assumed. There are a variety of ways that a person can eliminate or drastically lower the amount of what they owe to creditors, including selling things, consolidating debts or negotiating with creditors.
There are numerous places that someone can sell items on the Internet now, including everything from clothing to furniture. Many people have a number of items that they do not need and can sell for some extra cash to pay off debts.
If a person has a number of debts, they can be consolidated so that he or she does not need to keep track of the different payments to multiple creditors. Unsecured consolidation loans come with a slightly lower interest rate as well.
Finally, someone who owes a large amount of money to credit card companies may want to see if they can negotiate a lower interest rate or adjust their minimum payment amount. Interest rates can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to what people owe, so reducing them can be very helpful. It may also be possible to request a temporary hardship status.
In some cases, people owe more money than they would reasonably be able to pay back, even assuming they took on additional work or cut back on spending. For situations like these, a person may want to consider filing for bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy could enable someone to eliminate their unsecured debts. However, people must qualify for this type of bankruptcy, and they may have to give up some of their assets. A lawyer could explain what is involved in qualifying and what the pros and cons of the process are.