Best Debt Reduction Tools
Ask anyone who’s done it and they’ll tell you that digging their way out of debt was one of the hardest things they ever did. Fortunately, there are some tools to make the job easier. If you’re struggling with credit card and loan debt, the first thing you need isn’t more money, it’s a plan! Today on MoneyWise, Kingdom Advisors President Rob West looks at several online debt reduction tools to help you make that plan.
• Do you have multiple credit cards or loans you’re trying to pay off? How much extra, beyond the minimum payments, can you apply to those debts? And where should you apply it first? Ideally, debt reduction apps help you answer those questions and most will then give you an option of using the “snowball method” or the “avalanche method.”
• Unbury.me (https://unbury.me/) is a free debt reduction tool offering a choice of the snowball vs. avalanche methods.
• CNN Money’s debt calculator (https://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/debt-free/). This one has another nice feature where you enter a “debt-free deadline.” Based on that it’ll show you how much you have to pay on your various debts each month to meet your deadline.
• Undebt.it (https://undebt.it/) is a debt tracking app with similar features as the others but will also show you how much your debt is costing you each month which can really motivate you to get your debts paid off.
• Debt Payoff Assistant (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/debt-payoff-assistant/id475099959?mt=8) is strictly a mobile app for iPhones and iPads. It’s free and you’ll find it the App Store. Debt Payoff Assistant works the same as the others but it allows you to design multiple payoff strategies with built-in calculators to stay motivated on your debt journey. It also has some nice graphic displays and pie charts.
• Sometimes you need a real person to help guide you through the debt reduction process. Our trained MoneyWise Coaches (https://moneywise.org/connect) can help you do that by setting up a budget and debt payoff plan. The only charge is for a workbook.
• Finally, get help managing your debts at Christian Credit Counselors(https://www.christiancreditcounselors.org/)
On today’s program we also answer your questions:
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