May 7, 2014
Filing for bankruptcy can be a breath of fresh air for people who have been facing serious financial crisis and the significant stress that comes with it. Despite the fact, however, that bankruptcy can discharge a number of people’s debts and grant them the financial fresh start they need, there will be some impacts to these people’s credit, and the credit implications of having filed for bankruptcy can last for some time.
The good news is, however, that people who have filed for bankruptcy can immediately start taking some specific steps in order to slowly improve their credit. In fact, when people are diligent about following the tips discussed in this three-part blog, they can shake off the credit impacts of bankruptcy sooner than they may realize.
Step 1: Create a monthly budget to live by.
One of the very first things that people should do once their bankruptcy case has been finalized is to create a detailed budget that can effectively govern their financial choices moving forward. In order to ensure that the budget is accurate (and, therefore, will be effective), people should:
- Calculate their total income (or their total household income)
- Subtract their total vital expenses (which should include all necessary living expenses, like food, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, etc.)
- Figure out how much they need to pay in other debt payments (if they have any other outstanding debt like, for instance, student loan payments)
- Determine whether they have any remaining “disposable” income.
When people have disposable income left over, making choices like investing a significant amount of this into savings or retirement accounts or using it to pay off more debt are better financial decisions then using this extra money for nonessential purchases (like, for instance, new shoes).
Step 2: Focus on paying off any remaining debt you have.
Filing for bankruptcy will not necessarily discharge all of a person’s debt, as some types of debt will still remain even after a person has filed for bankruptcy. For instance, while debt like credit card debt will be discharged, the following types of debt will NOT be discharged through bankruptcy:
- Student loan debt
- Debt related to child support or spousal support obligations
- Debt related to restitution for criminal cases
- Some types of tax debts.
If you have any of these types of debt remaining after filing for bankruptcy, focusing on paying off this outstanding debt will be key to improving your credit and your financial standing in general.
Stay posted for the additional installments of this blog to come!
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