Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Canada Day: Are You Sticking to Your Debt Reduction Strategies?

Happy Canada Day everyone! July 1st marks the half-way point of the year, and it is time to look back at the last six months and see how well you have managed thus far to stick to your New Year’s resolution. If you, like so many other Canadians, made a resolution involving your personal debt reduction but seem to be falling behind, you may not actually like this glance back. But don’t worry, according to a recent survey done by PricewaterhouseCoopers, you are not alone. 

An article on this survey released by CBC News reports that 63% of survey respondents said that their financial goals for 2013 included significant debt reduction. However, less than 25% of those had actually managed to achieve this goal, while 26% said that they had been completely unsuccessful.  Economists continue to report on the status of Canadian debt levels, trying to hammer home the importance of personal debt reduction and adopting debt reduction strategies, but it seems as though Canadians across the nation are having a much harder time actually making these strategies work for them. 

If you are reading this and find yourself in the 26% range, having had no significant victory over your current debt load over the first half of 2013, it might be time to think about an alternative debt reduction plan that will actually work.

A debt reduction company likely isn’t the answer. Debt reduction companies will often have you make a monthly payment to them over an extended period of time with a promise that when enough money is received they will settle your debts. One problem though - what happens if they go out of business? What security do you have that your money is secure? Also, a debt reduction company that offers a service will be motivated to push their product.

A financial consulting company, hired by you to represent you, can present you with all of your financial options. This could include debt reduction through settlements or through a consumer proposal. It could also mean a debt consolidation – your debt reduction solution will largely depend on your personal circumstances. Pay attention to marketing by debt reduction companies. A debt reduction company that says they ‘will’ reduce your debt by 80% for example is different from a financial consulting company who says that they ‘may’ be able to reduce your debt. No company can make a guarantee without knowing your individual circumstances.

What types of strategies exist? Well, as we mentioned, one is a consumer proposal. This is by no means the only approach. However, if you are drowning in debt and are only able to make your minimum monthly payments, or worse, not even these, this solution might be the best choice. Debt consolidation might be another solution to reduce your monthly payments by consolidating debt into a single monthly payment. Whatever your situation, exploring all of your options is the best way to reach a positive outcome.

If you want to actually achieve your New Year’s resolution and take control of your debt, you don’t have to do it alone. A good financial consultant can provide you with the help you need to get control of your finances.

For more information about debt reduction strategies that will actually help you reduce your debt, please contact DebtCare Canada by calling 1-800-890-0888 or visit www.debtcare.ca.

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