Debt Management Plan Blog

Get Rich Quick, How to Tell if It Is Real

We've all had the pitch, "do what I do and you'll make thousands of dollars a month." Are any of these schemes real and how can we tell?

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Debt Relief, How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys

Recent news that a payment processing company agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint is a reminder to all of us to be careful when considering companies or organizations that say they will help you reduce your debt. There are legitimate organizations that will help you, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate service and a scam without gathering some information up front.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014

Debt Free Via Debt Consolidation Loan Options

For many people overwhelmed with debt, their repeating thought is, “if I could get a loan to consolidate these bills, it would make the payments manageable and I would be able to get out of debt.” While consolidating debt is an appealing way to bring payments under control and manage debt, there is another way to accomplish the same thing with great results and someone to help you every step of the way.

Posted on May 01, 2014

A Tax Break that can Boost Your Efforts to Reduce Debt

As tax time approaches one important federal tax program might provide you a good way to put some money away into savings as you work on improving your financial situation. Financial experts differ on how much you should have set aside, but agree that you should have something to prevent you from relying on credit to pay for emergencies. Like any federal tax incentive or credit that focuses on a particular group, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the accompanying Child Tax Credit might rise to the level of “political footballs” in the coming years. Both are scheduled for reduction in 2017. But they are still available now, for tax year 2013. As you prepare your taxes or have them done,...

Posted on Jan 24, 2014

Take a new view of the debt snowball

Just as there is no diet that works for everyone, the best and fastest way to reduce debt is whatever works for you. We all have different stories about how we got into debt and different personality traits will call for different strategies to get out. The good news is any of these plans will create financial freedom. The most commonly advised debt reduction strategy is called the “snowball.” Specifically, picture a snowball rolling down the hill and getting bigger. Usually you’ve seen that snowball as debt crashing down upon you. Instead, see yourself launching the snowball down the hill, watching it take out bigger chunks of your debt. The first step is to add up your monthly payments and figure out...

Posted on Jan 17, 2014

Simple Resolutions Can Make for a Financially Successful 2014

If you’re in a position where New Year’s Day 2014 finds you in a better financial situation than you were at the beginning of 2013, even if only a little bit, congratulations! If your situation is not better, take heart. Making a positive difference doesn’t necessarily mean making huge changes. With it being resolution time as the New Year begins, understand that small changes can, in the long term, net big differences down the road. You might be in a situation where you feel only major life shifts will fix things, but consider talking to a credit counselor to discuss some of the smaller steps you can take that will improve your financial outlook. Some of the steps you can resolve to do...

Posted on Jan 01, 2014

Know Your Options Before Addressing Financial Problems

Your financial difficulties could already be severe enough that you are tempted to accept the first solution that comes along. However, there are pros and cons to bankruptcy, debt consolidation, debt settlement and most debt repayment options. It is important to talk to someone who knows the ins and outs of the credit industry and can offer educated recommendations on how to get out of debt. Debt problems typically do not materialize overnight. Nor do they go away quickly. Many people have benefited from having a credit counselor guide them through their debt repayment options. For those worried that talking with a credit counselor will add another bill, most counseling and education services are offered for free. If you decide a debt management plan...

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

Survival Plan for Maintaining Financial Stability during Sequestration

  Washington, DC – Sequestration is now in place, and along with it came a good amount of uncertainty, causing many Americans to wonder how they will be impacted.  By some estimates, more than one million employees of federal agencies may receive furlough notices.   Some workers are not adequately prepared to deal with a loss of income, even a short-term one.  For those living from paycheck to paycheck or without significant savings, any income interruption is likely to put them over the financial edge.    For example, consider the statistics below from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) Financial Literacy Survey:   ·         Thirty-three percent of respondents admit to not paying all bills on time; ·         Thirty-nine percent have zero non-retirement savings; ·         Thirty-nine percent carry...

Posted on Mar 04, 2013

 
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