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How Can I Find Out How Much Debt I Owe?

If you’ve lost track of where you stand with one or two creditors, the information here can clear things up and help identify how much debt you owe.
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Life can be a complicated affair with a variety of demands all competing for our attention. From getting your groceries to organising meetups, your time is precious. Therefore, it’s understandable why a few details would slip through the cracks.

This is especially true when it comes to finances – perhaps the most boring of all matters you need to keep track of. However, it is arguably the most important. If you’ve lost track of where you stand with one or two creditors, here’s how you can clear things up, and how a debt consolidation loan could help you to regain your finances.

What debts do I have?

Whether dealing with credit cards or managing personal loans, you might have lost track of which lenders you owe money to. Assuming you set up direct debits, you might have even forgotten about your debts completely – it’s just an expense which comes out of your account.

If you want a more detailed picture, there are a couple of ways you can go about it.

Request a credit report

Your credit report contains detailed information about your finances and can be accessed through many credit reference agencies, such as Experian. Alternatively, you can usually pay a third-party to access this information on your behalf.

Your report usually contains:

  • Personal details such as name, date of birth, address, and previous properties;
  • Whether you share accounts with someone else. This could include a mortgage with your partner;
  • What debts you have. This could include overdrafts, credit cards, bills from energy providers, and contract payments;
  • Whether you’ve missed payments on any of these;
  • Any penalty actions, such as CCJs;
  • Whether you’ve taken out a debt solution.

This report should paint a detailed picture of just how much you owe – and to who.

Check your bank statements

If that option doesn’t work, then consult your bank statements to see where your money is going every month. These detail the names of organisations you have direct debits with and when payments go to them.

If a name on this list doesn’t look familiar, you should be able to find more information about them through a search engine.

How to find outstanding debt

Using the methods mentioned above, you should have a complete list of all the creditors you owe money to. You should also have a good idea of how much your debt is worth and where you stand on repayments.

However, to double-check, feel free to contact these organisations and request more details about your account. Potentially, you could discover you’ve been overpaying and may be due a rebate.

Do you have a CCJ in your name?

You may receive a County Court Judgement (CCJ) if someone takes legal action against you for unpaid debts. This notice will indicate how much you owe, how to settle the debt, who has taken the action against you, and the deadline for repaying.

Although you should have received notice of the CCJ in the post, you can check if you have one of these judgements against you through your credit report. Alternatively, you can check Trust Online for a £6 fee.

Has my debt been passed to a collection agency?

If you’ve been ignoring your debts for a while, then creditors may pass your details over to a debt collection agency. When this occurs, debt collectors will be in regular contact so you should know if these individuals have been tasked with reclaiming what you owe.

If you’re concerned though, ask your creditors if they’ve passed your details over to a collection agency.

Don’t wait for creditors to contact you

You should be able to identify how much you owe by either speaking directly with your creditors, checking your credit report, or reviewing bank statements. However, if you still can’t find the information you seek, you’ll need to wait until your creditors send you a message.

However, this is not generally recommended. If your debt remains unpaid and unchecked, it will only increase and the chances of you paying it on time will decline.

As a result, if you’re struggling to repay what you owe you should consider getting debt help – and this is something we’d be happy to support you with.

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Simplify your finances through debt consolidation

One of the major advantages of debt consolidation is that it simplifies your finances and – in essence – incorporates multiple debts into one affordable monthly amount. Therefore, your money should be much easier to manage.

Furthermore, if you consolidate your debts, you might be able to save cash every month.

To find out if you’d qualify, click the button below:

Do I Qualify for Debt Consolidation?
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Unsecured Loan Representative 69.9% APR

Borrowing £7,500 over 36 months, repaying £502 per month, total repayable £18,083. Total cost of credit £10,583. Interest rate 69.9% (variable). The lenders on our panel offer loans for 12-60 months, with rates from 5.8% APR to 89.9% APR. The Representative Example is based on all loans paid out by lenders between 19th Apr 2022 and 23rd Dec 2022.

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If you choose to add fees to the loan: Assumed borrowing of £25,000 over 120 months, plus a broker fee of £2,500 and a lender fee of £250 would result in monthly repayments of £345.55, the borrowing rate is 8.6% (variable), the APRC is 11.7% (variable), total charge for credit £16,466.00 and the total amount payable £41,466.00. You can opt to pay the lender and/or broker fees upfront, your adviser will discuss these options with you.

Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or any debt secured on it. All rates vary subject to loan amount, loan type and status. Repaying your debt over a longer period of time may increase the amount you pay.

Further reading

What are the Different Kinds of Unsecured Loans?

Understand what an unsecured loan is, and how best to use the different kinds of unsecured loans in 2023.

What are the Different Types of Secured Loans?

With so many different types of loans available, it can be difficult to know which is right for you. For more information on secured loans, read this expert article.

Persistent Debt – What Does it Mean for Your Credit?

Persistent debt can affect your credit rating for a significant time period. Read to find out more.