Count On It Video

Everyone dreams of success. And everyone defines success differently. But one thing we can all agree on—things aren’t so simple anymore.

  • Nearly 40 percent of student borrowers now graduate with unmanageable levels of debt and record high credit card balances.
  • More than 56 percent of married couples report having serious problems related to their finances.
  • Foreclosure filings jumped to 21% in the third quarter of 2009.
  • Over 20% of Americans report not paying all of their bills on time. Close to 30% of American workers have more credit card debt than retirement savings.
  • And almost 30% of consumers report having no savings, living paycheck to paycheck.

This is what the dream has become for millions of people. So you’re not alone. But it’s not all bad. Things are starting to look up.

  • The top resolution of 2010—“Improve my financial situation.”
  • 31% of households pay their credit cards in full.
  • Personal savings is on the rise, hitting a 16-year high in May of 2009.
  • Household debt began to shrink in 2008 for the first time.
  • College enrollment is up and more people are finishing high school than ever before.

But you have to take action. It’s your life. It’s time to get your dream back.

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Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.