Mistakes to Avoid When Paying Off Your Debt

September 6, 2021 | Posted by: Sherry Corbitt

Debt is an aspect of life that cannot be avoided. Whether it’s a mortgage, car, or credit card debt, it certainly is inevitable. Dealing with debt can be exhausting and difficult for numerous individuals, especially when they do not have proper knowledge on paying it off. Learning what steps to avoid during the debt journey though will help to make the process easier and less stressful.

You can Pay Off Your Debt Quickly

A large misconception about debt is that whenever you start paying it off, you can do so quickly. When you start making payments, you will still have the same income as you did before your payments began. When people have the idea that they can get their debt off their hands quickly, they will unfortunately be very shocked. They shortly will find out that they cannot keep up their payments for very long. A vital thing to understand is that getting large amounts of money and paying off large amounts of money both take time. If you are new to paying off debt, make sure that you make a realistic timeline that can work for your budget. 

Not Having a Concrete Budget

Having any kind of debt, especially larger amounts, can really make any person uneasy. Numerous people consider putting as much down as they can each month to make the debt process faster. Yet such reasoning can be very irrational and can lead to worse debt problems. With this attitude, the consequences could include loosing savings and money to buy essentials. To be more coordinated with your payments, establishing a budget is necessary. To start, first examine how much debt you are in and what sort of debts they are. Once you have established your amount, you can start calculating how much income you have to pay off your debt. To be successful in your debt journey, set practical goals of what you can set aside for your debt and what needs to go aside for necessities. 

Generate More Debt

One of the worst things that you can do when you are trying to pay off your debt is taking on additional debt. You may reason that since you already have debt, a bit more will not do any harm. Yet this is very untrue, as the more debt you accumulate, the more difficult it will be to pay it off. Taking on more debt will also take you further away from being debt free and prolong the entire process. To avoid making your debt situation any more strenuous than it needs to be, continue with paying the debts you currently have and do not give in to buying things that you cannot afford. It can be tempting at times to buy things that appeal to you, yet being debt free will be a lot more beneficial in the long run. 

Keeping the Same Lifestyle

When you are in the process of paying your debt off, some may believe that they can still live the same lifestyle as they did before their payments. Yet unless you are getting more income than before, this will lead down a dangerous path. Your savings can quickly diminish and you most likely may not be able to continue paying off your debt. For many to make regular debt payments, they need to cut back on other spending. Some areas that you can cut back on include groceries and entertainment. Make a list of what groceries you need instead of what you want. This can cut down a lot of your costs already. There also are many different ways to spend your free time, which can be done cost efficiently. Although it can be difficult at first, adjusting your spending during your debt process will be worth it when you are debt free. 

Having a Negative Attitude

Although being in debt is not a great process in life, maintaining a negative attitude with the situation does not help at all. Not only will it make the debt process feel more dreadful and long, it also can take a toll on your life and your overall health. You can begin feeling like the debt is taking over your life and that there is no solution. It unfortunately can even take a toll on your work productivity. Instead of letting these things occur, accept that having debt in life is unavoidable and that you can and will pay it off. Speaking with others who have paid off their debt can help to offer you advice, knowledge, and comfort. 

Not Considering All Your Options

Another big mistake people in debt may make is not going over all possible options. Many may feel that making payments is the only thing to consider when getting out of debt. Every type of debt is different for everyone, along with their situation. There will be different possibilities for when and how you can make your payments, along with different schedules. Speak with a debt professional and go over your debt and your specific situation. They will be able to help you find a choice that works best for you. You likely will have a much more organized and 


When you evaluate the common mistakes of paying off debt, you know exactly what to avoid and how to pay off your debt successfully.


If you have any questions about paying off your debt, please contact me!

Sherry Corbitt


-Hannah, Scott (2021). 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Paying Off Debt. The Province. Retrieved from https://theprovince.com/opinion/columnists/10-mistakes-to-avoid-when-paying-off-debt

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