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Bankrupcy Tips Some Rebounding Tips After Bankruptcy Part 1





So you have filed for bankruptcy. What’s the next step? At first blush, you are full of ideas on how you are getting a fresh start. You have freed yourself from almost all of your debts and you are, for all intents and purposes (financially, at least), a new person. But note that by filing for bankrupcy, you had to pay a dear price. In exchange for a discharge of your debts and stopping your creditors from pursuing any collection actions against you, your credit rating took the brunt of the blow. Considering how your credit rating was probably not all that great to begin with, this recent hit is not going to be an easy one to recover from.

Let’s start with the bad news:

• The bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for up to 10 years.

• To lenders, you would seem a bad risk because you have legally written off at least some of your past debts.

• As a consequence, you may not be able to get a loan or a credit card for some time after the bankruptcy.

• And if you do get lucky and get approved for credit, the interest rates and fees attached will be rather punishing.

The silver lining? Think positive. It is good that you are restricted from getting new credit. Credits were what you got bankrupt in the first place. They will have no difficulty getting you in that place...again. Now, for the rebounding tips to help you climb back up from the pits of bankruptcy:

Lead a Frugal Lifestyle: Common sense dictates that you lead a simpler lifestyle properly slimmed-down, no frills attached. In other words, be frugal. If you filed under Chapter 13, it means that you have signed up for a repayment plan to pay off some of your debts. The purpose of Chapter 13 is to allow debt reorganization so that you can continue holding on to your properties and other assets in exchange for obliging yourself to pay your debts for a certain number of years. The bottom line, therefore, is that you are still in debt, albeit, you may only pay a portion of the total debt to your creditors.

The usual period given by bankruptcy courts with which you can pay off your debts is within three to five years. During this time, the court allows you only a set amount to live on while the court-appointed trustee divides the rest among your creditors each month. What does this mean to you?

As we earlier said, it means a no-frills lifestyle. No luxuries whatsoever, except those exempted under the law. And sometimes, just sometimes, it may also mean changing your basic expenses, such as how much you pay for shelter and groceries every month. You may even have to move to a cheaper apartment or a more low-end neighborhood just so you can get by with the amount the court allows you. Suffice to say that getting new credit will be a difficult feat, if not downright impossible. So you can forget about getting a new credit card or a car loan. Or at least, getting it the easy way. Besides, you can’t take on a new debt without the court’s permission anyway, and getting that means adding an awful lot of complexity in your life.

So how do you go about with barely anything to tide you over through the hard times ahead? It’s simple really – make a budget. Better yet, keep a close watch on your expenses for three months and make a budget based on any observations you have made on your spending habits. This is exactly what Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com advises:

Track your expenses for three months to get an idea of how much you’re spending and where that money is going. Then create a realistic budget that fits within your monthly income, he says. 'The first step to saving is to set boundaries on your spending. And after making a budget, stick to it. That’s the most important part.
About Author Jim Howlsinky :

Jim Howlsinky offers free Banrkuptcy advice. For more information, articles, and free reports please visit Bankrupcy Law website: <a href="http://www.bankrupcy-law.net/" target="_blank">http://www.bankrupcy-law.net/</a>


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Article Added on Wednesday, January 3, 2007
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