Consider Your Options for Debt Counseling


Wall Street Journal describes four things to consider if you must go in debt.


Step 1: Cut Your Budget to Necessities 

Senior financial planner Nick Holeman at robo-adviser Bettermat recommends, instead of opening a new credit card, consider stopping payments or contributions to 401(k)s or 529 accounts.

Step 2: Talk to Someone

Prof. McCoy suggests to look into resources that offer free consultations before taking on debt.

Step 3: Look at Your Loan Options

Ideally rely on a low-interest credit card, or Prof. McCoy Recommends for bigger loans and personal loans it is recommended to look at options from local credit unions. Credit Union 1 offers a wide variety of loan options designed to fit your needs.

Step 4: Make a Plan—for Repayment and for the Future

Prof. Cherry recommends calculating that time in advance of taking on any new debt. Look at the calendar and make a plan for how long you will rely on any debt and how long you will need to pay it off.


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Consider Your Debt Options