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Living underneath the burden of debt is a scary place to be. But there are things you can do to manage both your debt and your mental state, improving both in the process.
Debt consolidation comes in many forms. The two most popular are generally a debt consolidation loan and a debt management plan. Both can be effective ways to manage and reduce your debts, and both come with similar pros and cons. Importantly, both are likely to have an impact on your credit score.
If you’ve been carrying balances on your credit cards you likely know full well how much that debt has been costing you. Getting rid of that debt, however, doesn’t have to be complex.
Having personal debt is common and needing help repaying debt is not unusual. However, for some consumers, it is possible there may be underlying psychological issues related to debting that should be explored with a trained professional. This quiz may help you understand the extent of your problems with debt.
For most gamblers, gambling is a recreational activity that never results in serious problems. For others, excessive gambling becomes an irresistible compulsion and addiction that destroys families, financially and emotionally. Here are som ecrucial signs to watch out for.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act sets important restrictions on the behavior of debt collectors. It's a good idea to educate yourself on these rules so you understand when your rights are being violated.
The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.
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.