There are many of us that use our overdrafts regularly. It can all too easy to be able to borrow money this way. We might even find that we are in a situation where we go overdrawn without even noticing because we do not monitor our spending or just run out of money too frequently. It may then lead to us getting a larger and larger overdraft until we have one that feels like it is unmanageable. Then we can tend to bury our head in the sand; try to hide form it and ignore it as it is too stressful to think about. This can lead to further problems and debt as we are just not addressing it. There are things though that we can do to get it paid off quickly.
Face up to it
To start with you need to face up to it. It can be really hard but you need to know exactly what you owe, how much income you have each month in the household and how much you pay out on essential items such as utility bills, rent or mortgage, food, insurance, travel to work and such like. Once you have done that you can start to put together a plan.
Find a cheaper loan
Firstly you need to be aware that an overdraft is a very expensive way to borrow money. Therefore if you can pay it back by borrowing in a different way, this could help you to reduce your interest payments and have more free money available to repay the debt. You may just see this as moving the debt and moving the problem. It can be, but it can save money and this is important when you are trying to repay it. You do need to be careful though. If you think that after getting a loan to repay your overdraft you will then start to get overdrawn again, then you will end up in even more debt and it will cost you even more money than just leaving the overdraft as it was.
If you have any savings then it is worth using these to pay off the debt. You might be saving up for something or like to have some money to fall back on, but the debt is so expensive that it is well worth paying it off and then building up your savings again afterwards. If you calculate how much you are paying out in interest and other fees for your debt compared with what you are making in interest on your savings, you will see why it will pay off financially to do this.
It is so important to prioritise paying off your debt over spending on most other things if you want to repay it quickly. So make sure that everything that you buy is necessary. Think about everything you are buying and decide whether it is necessary for you to have it right away or not or whether you can wait until the debt is paid before you buy it. Also compare the price of everything you buy to ensure that you are not paying too much. This includes things that you pay by direct debit such as utilities and insurance If you can pay a bit less for everything you buy and buy less overall then you should be able to spend significantly less money.
By spending less you will not need to borrow so much and hopefully will actually have enough money to start repaying the overdraft. However, it is unlikely to be enough to pay it off really quickly. Therefore you will need to also think of some ways that you can earn more money. A lump sum could be very useful and you might be able to get this by selling some of things that you own but that you no longer use or need. This could be clothing, accessories, homewares or children’s toys and games. There are many options and it can be quite surprising what sorts of things people will actually buy. There are many different places to sell things such as local social media groups, auction websites, car boot or garage sales. Consider the types of things that you are selling and this will help you to be able to choose the appropriate way to sell them. Lots of cheap little things are better off sold at a car boot or garage sale but more valuable items at an auction.
Earning more money can help too. This might mean asking for extra hours in your current job or seeing whether you can get a pay rise. You may also need to consider taking on extra work. It could be possible for you to pick up some evening or weekend work if you are able to be flexible enough and have the energy to do it. If you do not work at the moment and are having trouble finding a job then contacting a temping agency might help you to pick up some work. Although it will not be a permanent job it will still help you to get some income coming in to help towards the debt.