If you want to be truly successful as a property investor, then you need to make a serious and concerted effort to pay down any 'bad debts' such as credit cards, as they chew through your disposable income and divert precious funds and resources away from your investing pursuits.  You can do this by following these proven debt reduction strategies.

1.  Acknowledge Your Overall Debt

Most people don't want to know the full picture of how much debt they actually have, but it's essential to know what you're dealing with.

2.  Create A Structure

Getting all the information into one spreadsheet or document is the key to managing ad eliminating your debt.

3.  Reduce Discretionary Spending

You may need to sacrifice some lifestyle 'wants' in the interim, which isn't easy; remember this is shot-term pain for long term gain.

4.  Have A Clear Goal

Having a clear goal to work towards (ie: two credit cards paid off in 12 months) will help you stay focused when your motivation is waning.

5.  Commit To Your 'Why'

You want to get out of debt to invest in property and create wealth, right?  Keep this 'why' front and center to avoid overspending unnecessarily.

6.  Target The Smallest Debts First

By paying off the smallest debts as quickly as possible, you will streamline your debts and march quickly towards financial freedom!

7.  Stop Using Your Credit Cards

You need to stop using your credit cards immediately, otherwise all of your debt repayment efforts will be in vain.

8.  Cancel Your Debts

As each credit card, store card or personal loan gets paid off, cancel the account so that you're not tempted to run up the debts again.

9.  Consider Consolidation

You may want to consolidate all of your debts into one large personal loan in order to minimize interest payments and fat track your debt repayments.

10.  Set A Goal For Saving A Deposit

While you're paying off your debts, you also need to boost your savings so that you have some funds to invest with.  Whether it's saving 10 per cent of your salary or $500 per month, put a tangible savings plan in place.

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