If you want to hit the mute button on conversations at any dinner party, family outing or evening at the pub, start giving debt help advice.
Nearly every adult in the U.S. has some form of debt, but 99% of us would rather argue about religion and politics than ask for advice on debt management.
Amazingly, many consumers are ignoring these obvious warning signs. A December 2016 survey said that 25% of Americans rated themselves debt free, up from 14% in 2014. Almost half the people surveyed said they have less debt than their closest family and friends and 72% claim that if their debts were wiped out, they would put all that money into savings!
If that’s true, there is reason to be encouraged. However, if you’re like most people, there is no windfall of cash coming in your immediate future. Things like unemployment, medical emergencies, business setbacks and divorce can complicate your situation and make paying off debts a real battle even for the most frugal spenders in the population.
The good news is that there are debt-relief options available. With enough planning, hard work and persistence, consumers can find their way back to solid financial ground.
Here some advice on how to take control of your finances.
How to Avoid Debt
The best financial option is, of course, to avoid debt entirely, rather than dig yourself out of a hole. If your bank account is in the green, make sure to keep it there. Deposit a consistent percentage of your weekly paycheck in the savings account until you have built at least a six-month emergency fund.