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    • Evie0207
    • By Evie0207 8th Apr 18, 4:44 PM
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    DMP advice
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    • 8th Apr 18, 4:44 PM
    DMP advice 8th Apr 18 at 4:44 PM
    I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice.

    I started a dmp in January this year for 2 credit cards, Natwest loan, Natwest overdraft and 2 store cards all totalling 15k.

    I pay 132 for the next 9 years (soul destroying) but even paying so little a month, I'm still struggling tremendously. After all bills have come out, we have 150 to live off a month!

    I'm so stressed and depressed over it. Just want my debts gone !!!128532;

    Is there anything I can do in these circumstances? Or deal with being broke for life, not being able to treat my 2 year old daughter ever or be able to afford another child.
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    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 8th Apr 18, 4:54 PM
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    Hi Evie,

    What is your home situation like, do you rent or have you got a mortgage ?
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    • Evie0207
    • By Evie0207 8th Apr 18, 4:56 PM
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    We private rent !!!128522;
    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 8th Apr 18, 5:22 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 5:22 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 5:22 PM
    That`s good then, you do have other options.

    You say you have 150 left after you pay all your bills, you obviously are unable to live off that figure, so that suggests to me your budget was incorrect from the start.

    Have you considered a debt relief order ?

    You would need to shave another 100 off your budget, but i dont see that been a problem if your struggling, do you have any assets worth over 1000 ?

    A car worth over 1000 ?

    If the answer is no, you may well qualify.
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    • Evie0207
    • By Evie0207 8th Apr 18, 5:28 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 5:28 PM
    Oh that's interesting. I was very worried about my credit rating being affected but I suppose it's too late now, so whatever I do it will be affected the same?

    I have my car on HP for the next 5 years, where does that put me do you know?

    Thank you for your reply
    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 8th Apr 18, 5:33 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 5:33 PM
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    So it will be worth more than 1000 then, which unfortunately would mean you would not qualify for a DRO.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Credit File And Ratings, and
    Bankruptcy And Living With It, boards. "I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly".
    Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.

    For free debt advice, contact either : Stepchange, National Debtline, or, CAB.
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    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 8th Apr 18, 5:44 PM
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    Realistically, forget your credit file when your in debt, these are your possible options :

    (1) As your debts are what we term "non priority" you could reduce payments to 1 per month each, or even stop paying altogether, for a while, try and save up an emergency fund to cover life's little dramas, or days out.

    Can you increase your income at all ?

    (2) Would Bankruptcy be an option ?

    Extreme maybe given the small amount of debt you have, but if a fresh start is what you want.........the car would most likely have to go using this scenario though.

    (3) You do not have enough disposable income for an IVA, and you don't qualify for a DRO.

    Personally i would go with option (1).
    I'm a Board Guide on the Debt-Free Wannabe, Credit File And Ratings, and
    Bankruptcy And Living With It, boards. "I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly".
    Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an abusive or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.

    For free debt advice, contact either : Stepchange, National Debtline, or, CAB.
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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 8th Apr 18, 5:59 PM
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    • 8th Apr 18, 5:59 PM
    If it's a debt management plan rather than a legally binding iva, you can alter your budget whether you are following this through a management agency of organising it yourself. I'm with pay plan and have changed my budget several times. If you feel trapped and demotivated you are more likely to give up and you need some extra money to live and for unexpected things, so don't work on accounting for every penny.
    Write down a revised budget and make a new offer. What I did was exaggerate. Not ideal but I wanted some quality of life. If your food budget is really 200 then tell them its 300. If your electric is 80 say it's 120 etc.
    Most of all remember this will come to an end at some point. Once the debt balance is down considerably you could always offer a partial settlement to get rid sooner.
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