News and statistics don't lie--debt management is a
skill that obviously eludes many Americans. Once they
fall behind on monthly payments for loans or credit
card bills, they just canít seem to get caught up. These
days, people are even buried in debt due to items such
as cell phones, because once they go over on their minutes,
they end up paying extra fees which lead to delayed
monthly payments which then lead to more extra fees.
In the case of large monthly obligations like mortgages
or school loans, managing debt can be extremely difficult.
Many people spend money each month simply to cover the
interest on their loans. They are unable to make any
dent in the principal, so they canít move any closer
to getting out of debt.
People will try to pay earlier or add a few dollars
to the checks they write each month, but as soon as
an emergency comes up, any extra cash is wiped out.
Using a Credit Counseling Service for Debt Management
A consumer credit counseling service (CCCS) can use
several tools to help a person manage debt. Instead
of simply looking at what a person owes to creditors,
they look at a personís entire financial situation.
Monthly payments, monthly income, and living expenses
are just a few of the things a counselor will study
to help a person develop a sensible budget. Saving money
is a key to managing debt. A counselor will create a
strategy that allows a person to put something away
each month. That way, if an emergency does arise, money
does not have to be taken away from bills to cover it.
Through interviews with clients and negotiations with
clientsí creditors, a CCCS can help lower monthly payments
on certain unsecured loans. Managing debt is an ongoing
process that cannot be achieved without having a solid
plan in place.
Financial Tools for Overcoming Debt
It is ever more common to hear questions about programs
like debt consolidation
loans. The main (and wisest) piece of advice centers
around the fact that this kind of loan can work for
some people. It is still possible to select the wrong
consolidation loan and mismanage it. As mentioned above,
a solid plan must be formulated and adhered to. The
services of a qualified credit counselor can help.
Consumer Questions about Debt:
I owe around $15,000 in credit card debt. I don't want to claim bankruptcy. I do not own a house and I am not employed - I am disabled and get SSI. Can you help me?
We are not a debt counseling service but we can point you in the right direction. Please check out our tips to get out of
debt and self help. If these do not work then find a service to consolidate your bills.