Here’s how you can tell you have debt troubles

Do you have debt troubles? You might think that you’re managing to stay on top of your repayments. Maybe you cut back on a few other payments and tighten your belt towards the end of the month.

But is your debt is starting to have an impact on other areas of your life? If so, it might be time to look at how you can tackle your debt problems. Here are five telltale signs to recognise that you’re having debt troubles.

The debt troubles telltale signs

  1. You’re losing sleep at night: this is a typical sign for people who are finding their debt is starting to get on top of them. If it’s all you think about and it keeps you up at night worrying, it could be a good idea to think about how you can change this.

  2. You don’t want to open your bank statements: ignoring your bank statements when they come through? This might be because you don’t want to face up to your problems. We know burying your hand in the sand can be tempting but it won’t make your troubles go away.

  3. You’re cutting back on food or other priority areas: affording food and your rent or mortgage should always be a priority. We have some tips on shopping on a budget if you just need to save a few quid. But if it’s gone beyond that, get in touch with your creditors.

  4. You’re struggling to even meet your minimum payments: paying off just the minimum on high interest credit cards can mean that you end up paying a lot back over a long period of time. But if the minimum payment seems out of your reach, your debts might not be manageable for you. You’re looking for more credit to cover your existing repayments: consolidating your debts isn’t necessarily the wrong way to deal with them. And this is especially true if you’re looking to take out a loan with a lower interest rate than your existing debts. But if you can’t get these and you turn to a more expensive form of borrowing, it could end up pushing you further into debt. It doesn’t need to be this way Realising that you have debt troubles can be scary but you don’t need to deal with it alone. You can speak to your creditors to let them know that you’re struggling and arrange a new payment plan with them.

And if you’re currently worried about your finances, have unsecured debts from personal borrowing and would like to speak confidentially to an advisor who can talk to you about the benefits and considerations of a range of debt solutions and personal insolvency solutions, then please get in touch by calling 0800 048 1764.

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