21 and in a complete mess : ( !!


In just over a year I have managed to get myself into £16k of debt.

This is through credit cards, loans to pay off these credit cards and putting it back on my cards.

I am now at the point where I owe on 2 loans (about 7k) and the rest is accross 3 credit cards.

Its started to hit me how much of a mess I am in - I moved out of my parents house nearly 5 months ago and because rent is so high, along with bills I have no money left at the end of the month and I am having to beg and borrow to see my way through.

I want to pay my debts off and beable to live without worrying about it all the time. I called CCCS and spoke to a credit counsellor there who suggested I go bankrupt which is not really what I want to do as I know it will affect me for the rest of my life.

Has anyone got any honest advice of how I can start working my way out of this. I was thinking of selling a lot of my things I bought on ebay and maybe getting a part time job but Im not sure I would have time for that.

Please help as i dont know what to do : (

Thanks so much.




  • First of all, welcome Danni and secondly big hugs to you!

    Can you post your income and outgoings (SOA) so we can have a look to see where you can make cut backs. Also put down the loans and interest rates along with your credit cards and the interest rates they are charging.
    DFW Nerd no: 149 ;)

  • Hey hun!! :wave: first thing is first welcome!! And also you need to post an SOA, see the sticky about first time posters. I'm 21 too so you're not alone!! (((hugs))) And we can see what we can do to help!
    Official DFW Nerd no. 082! :cool:
    Debt @ 01/01/2014 £16,956 Debt now: £0.00 :j
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  • Glitterari
    Glitterari Posts: 597 Forumite
    Can you move back into your parents - you should not be paying rent that you deem to be 'too high' - that should be causing alarm bells to ring immediately.
    Proud DFW Nerd #62:wink:

    Became Debt Free in Oct 2006 - uni was hard - financially!! Now need to start again.... :rolleyes2

  • james32_uk
    james32_uk Posts: 1,223 Forumite
    CCCS appear to be advising lots of people to go bankrupt at the moment. I hope it's not a trend as in this case it seems quite reasonable that Danni can sort herself out without resorting to such drastic measures.

    Well done to Danni for recongnising the problem. You've taken the biggest step and with affective moneysaving and a good attitude it should be downhill all the way.

    Post your SOA and we'll help you get through it! :D
    Debt as at 12th July 2006 - £61,345 :eek: :eek: :eek:
    Debt free 21st Oct 2011.

    All thanks to :money:
  • DanniL_2006
    DanniL_2006 Posts: 12 Forumite
    Monthly Outgoings:

    Rent: £450
    Water: £30
    Council Tax: £23
    Gas: £27
    Electricity: £27
    Insurance: £17 ( Mobile and House)
    Mobile bill: £80 (average per month)
    Travel: £86 - £130
    Barclay Card: £110
    Morgan Stanley:£70
    Loan 1: £36
    Loan 2: £91
    Topshop: £5
    Egg: £30
    Charity: £10

    This is without food so just the basics, I get paid £1276 after tax.

    I Owe:

    Barclaycard: £3,550
    Morgan Stanley:£2500
    Egg: £1550
    Loan 1 £1846
    Loan 2 £5666
    Overdraft £500

    I am not paying my overdraft off at all and am paying minimum payments on everything else.
  • melancholly
    melancholly Posts: 7,457
    Combo Breaker First Post
    that's a really big phone bill - you could save a bit there, and the travel amount is quite a big range - if you stick to the lower end that's an extra £528 a year!
    what are the interest rates on the credit cards/loans?
  • Emmzi
    Emmzi Posts: 8,658
    Combo Breaker First Post
    That looks like £1136 a month outgoing to me, assuming higher travel cost. Add on your food and incidentals, and you're just about breaking even, but not defaulting on anything.

    Costs seem reasonable except

    mobile £80?? VERY high!
    And I don't know if you can afford £10 to charity right now.

    Have you checked to see if you can save by switching energy providers?

    Do you rent a flat on your own? Sharing could save you some too.

    What options are there for you to get overtime/ a second job/ car boot sales etc to bump up your income?

    Total debt = £15, 612. If you could find another £200 a month, it's 6 years to repay.. ish...

    The DFW nerds would also like the APRs on your credit to see if some switching could save you in interest!
    Debt free 4th April 2007.
    New house. Bigger mortgage. MFWB after I have my buffer cash in place.
  • davesgirl_2
    davesgirl_2 Posts: 103 Forumite
    first thing i wouls suggest is drop the charity one till you can afford it again - you need to sort yourself outbefore you can help anyone else.
    as already suggested try and cut back on travel and mobile expenses.
    look on os board to help keep your food shopping to an absoloute minimum - this really does make such a big difference;)
    and most of all keep your chin up, stay positive and tell yourself that you can clear this debt, i know its hard not to get down about tings but it wont help (((hugs))))
    debt in june 06:£6290:rolleyes:
    july 1st 06 : £5247.70
    july 20th 06 £4867:T
    hope to be debt free by : july 2007at the latest:D

    dfw grocery challenge 20/07-20/08 £240
    spent so far - £75.57_____£164.43 left
  • james32_uk
    james32_uk Posts: 1,223 Forumite
    I cant believe CCCS are tellilng someone in her position to go bankrupt! Insane!
    Debt as at 12th July 2006 - £61,345 :eek: :eek: :eek:
    Debt free 21st Oct 2011.

    All thanks to :money:
  • Monthly Outgoings:

    Rent: £450 (is it possible to move back with parents until you get yourself out of debt? - may be a bit drastic but if you really want to get sorted and quickly it might be the most appropriate course of action - just wish I could move back with mine...)
    Water: £30
    Council Tax: £23
    Gas: £27
    Electricity: £27
    Insurance: £17 ( Mobile and House)
    Mobile bill: £80 (average per month)(change to payg and only use for emergencies)
    Travel: £86 - £130 (could this be reduced by walking/cycling/car sharing with a friend)
    Barclay Card: £110
    Morgan Stanley:£70
    Loan 1: £36
    Loan 2: £91
    Topshop: £5
    Egg: £30
    Charity: £10 (seems harsh I know but until you are sorted I would stop this donation - sorry)

    DFW Nerd no: 149 ;)

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