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New awareness campaign launched to help consumers break out of unhealthy relationships with debt

Posted on February 28, 2013

HOUSTON, TEXAS, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/Money Management International (MMI), the country’s leading nonprofit credit counseling agency, has launched a whimsical new awareness campaign encouraging people to end bad relationships. Not personal relationships, but their relationship with debt.

“Much like a bad romantic relationship, your relationship with debt can negatively affect every aspect of your life, from health problems like depression and insomnia to lost productivity at work,” says Tanisha Warner, communications manager at MMI. “The 'Break up with Debt. For good’ campaign takes a light-hearted look at this very serious subject and helps people realize that, even though they may have felt helpless for years, there is always a way out.”

Recent tax increases, the approaching tax season, and an uncertain and ever-changing economic landscape have many consumers feeling trapped in their debt relationships. But these factors are beyond the control of your average consumer, while credit card debt is something that can be controlled. The launch of the “Break up with Debt” campaign reaches consumers who are seeking help in taking control of their finances and evaluating the best course of action.

“Encouraging people to ’Break up with Debt’ is all about empowerment and making better decisions,” Warner said. “This is the perfect time of year to pause, take a deep breath, and take stock of your current financial situation — and then reach out to us for help with a little financial spring cleaning.”

Since 1958, MMI has been helping consumers take control of their finances through a mix of credit counseling, financial education and debt management assistance. MMI differs from other debt repayment services by teaching consumers to trim expenses, develop a spending plan, repay debts, and develop the financial know-how to effectively manage their finances for life. The process starts with a free, no-obligation counseling session, which is available by appointment in one of MMI’s 92 branch offices, located in 25 states across the U.S. Counseling sessions are also available online at MMIurl.org/debtbreakup, or by phone at 866.400.6652.

About Money Management International

Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958. MMI helps consumers trim their expenses, develop a spending plan and repay debts. Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet. To learn more, visit MoneyManagement.org or call 866.400.6652