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Are You A Debt Burnout?

Throughout my career, I have seen a lot of clients go through a range of emotions relating to experiencing debt relief. Obviously, at first, clients are ‘gung ho’ to get their debt paid off – excited, anxious, motivated. They have many questions relating to the process of debt repayment and how being on a debt management program will impact their lives. Usually clients expect big changes to happen quickly and the turnaround to be immediate.

As the debt repayment program continues on (with a maximum length of 60 months, or 5 years, unless there are student loans involved), clients usually settle into a steady momentum of payments every month.  They get used to the money being allocated to their debt and reconfigure their budgets accordingly.  Months, then years, go by.

What happens in the interim? Sometimes, unfortunately, people experience debt fatigue during the debt repayment process. What is debt fatigue and how can you manage it?

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Gambling and Payday Loans

Recently a new casino (aka ‘gaming facility’) opened up in my area. Since it’s opening, new payday lending stores have been popping up all around the vicinity. Coincidence? I think not.

Payday loans provide the quick cash that fuels a gambling addiction. When the gambler is losing, they can simply head next door to the payday lender, get some instant cash, and head back to the casino to win back their loan and the rest of the money lost, right?

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Credit Card Debt Help

If you find yourself overwhelmed with credit card debt, having trouble making payments or even avoiding collection calls from creditors, know this: you are not alone, and there is help available for you.

We have clients who come to us so deep in credit card debt that they are on the brink of bankruptcy, barely staying afloat from payment to payment. Others aren’t so desperate, but are still looking for a way to get a handle on their debt and become debt free. Credit Solutions is the credit card debt help you are looking for, because we work with you to design a debt repayment program that works for you.

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Beware of Fake Credit Counsellors

I’ve known about fake credit counsellors for a long time, and I hate to admit it, they are everywhere.

Some collection agencies have adopted the label of credit counsellor to make their collection activity sound and look less threatening. However, at the end of the day, their duty, their contractual duty, (contractual because they have been hired by the creditor to collect their debt) has been always to the creditor, not the debtor.

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Do You Need Debt Insurance?

What is debt insurance? Debt insurance is never called debt insurance, it’s called mortgage insurance, balance protection insurance, and other names. Essentially this insurance is to pay back your creditors in the event of your death or life-threatening injury or illness, depending on the specific coverage. Debt insurance has more benefit for your creditors than it does for you, and here’s why: it’s expensive, the monthly premiums do not go down although the coverage does as the debt decreases over time, and it pays only that creditor for that specific debt. Of course it benefits you too if that is your only insurance option, but it isn’t.

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Should You Roll Your Debt Into Your Mortgage or Car Loan? (Secure your Unsecured Debts)

When people are struggling with credit card debt, lines of credit and other unsecured debt, they have a few options available to help them. One popular choice is to refinance your home (if you own it with enough equity) which means to increase your mortgage and use that extra money to pay off your credit cards and unsecured debt. That way the unsecured debt you had will now be part of your mortgage, a secured debt. The benefit to doing this is saving money on interest, thus making it more affordable to repay. Mortgages these days have very low interest rates, thanks in part to being a less risky loan for the banks because they are secured by the home. If you cannot make your payments, the bank simply repossesses your home to recover its money. In contrast, credit cards can have much higher interest rates and make repayment of the debt very difficult.

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