If you are serious about getting out of debt, you may be scrambling to come up with extra money to put towards your debt. Sometimes it will take more than just cutting back on your spending in order to get control of your debt. It can be difficult to find the extra money if you do not have a high income, but you can still take these steps to find extra money to put towards debt.
1. Sell Items
If you have several big ticket items you may want to check out Craigslist or another place where you can list your items online. If you have specialty items, a bidding site like eBay is a great choice to sell your stuff. If you have a bunch of miscellaneous items you may want to hold a yard sale or two to raise money for your items. You can take your clothing to a consignment shop. You can also take old games, books and sports equipment to second hand stores to sell the items. As you gather your items together, you may be surprised at how much you can pay back quickly. You may consider selling, your car and other expensive items to pay off the debts.
2. Cut Back Even More
If you have cable or a gym membership you may be able to cut back even more in your budget. If you are serious about getting out of debt, these changes do not need to be permanent. You can make the changes and then join the gym again after you are debt free. If you haven’t scaled back on your television package you may consider doing that. There is no reason to have a landline and a cell phone bill, if you do then you should likely cut the landline all together. Shop around for new insurance rates. You can often qualify for much lower rates once you turn twenty-five, but your insurance company will not automatically give you the rate.
No one wants to work two jobs for any length of time, but if you have a serious budget shortfall or if you really want to get out of debt, then this may be a good short-term solution to your problem. If you are going to take a second job, make sure it is worth the time. It may not make sense to get a job at your nearest fast food joint, if you have the skills and ability to work at a higher paying job. You can work as a freelancer, or put in overtime at your current position. Another option is to work a job that offers tips, because you can earn much higher than minimum wage if you work the correct shifts.
4. Bonuses, Gifts and Extra Money
If you are getting out of debt, you should use your bonuses and any other extra money you receive and put it towards your debt. This will help speed up the process of getting out of debt, and allow you to return to a more relaxes budget much sooner. If you do not get bonuses through your job, you may still receive gifts or a sudden windfall.
5. Cash Out Investments, But Not Your Retirement
One thing you should avoid doing is cashing out your retirement to get out of debt. If you have separate investments, you may want to cash them out to pay off your credit cards and other debts. You will pay penalties and taxes if you cash out your retirement savings early, plus you will be hurting your future. It is best to leave that alone, but if you have stock options through your job or if you have inherited stock, you may want to cash it out to become debt free much sooner. Usually this is a step you take only after you have gotten a strict budget, and you have made the commitment to stay debt free.