This time of year it is hard not to find yourself celebrating the scary season, whatever that may involve. However, the scare factor should have everything to do with ghouls and goblins – but nothing to do with your consumer debt. If your debt scares you – no matter what time of year it is – it might be time to consider taking control of your finances and getting out of debt.
What is consumer debt – is it just debt? Well, no. Consumer debt refers to the debt accumulated through purchases which are consumable or do not appreciate in value. Credit products such as credit cards are the main conduit for this type of debt. Debt from other transactions, such as your mortgage, is not considered consumer debt.
Consumer debt is often the most troublesome form of debt, especially when it is debt owed on a credit card. This is because of the high interest rates charged by credit card companies. This interest, often around 20%, can make paying off debt very difficult, especially when you can only afford to make minimum payments. Don’t think it is a major issue? Most credit card statements will give you an approximate timeframe as far as when the debt will be totally paid off by paying only the minimum payments. Take a look at that number – it just might scare you into action.
If you are finding it difficult to decrease your balances, or if you continue to rack them up and then have trouble meeting the minimum payment requirements, a smart idea is to get some help – you don’t have to do it alone. Visiting a debt reduction company with experience helping people deal with debt can help you get things back on track. Your debt reduction solution may involve debt consolidation, credit counselling, a consumer proposal or bankruptcy – it all depends on your individual financial situation. Sitting down with a professional will help you to establish a plan to get things going. This will help to stop or avoid harassing calls from collection agencies and any future (or current) enforcement action, such as wage garnishments or property liens.
Stop ignoring problem consumer debt – and don’t let the thought of dealing with it frighten you. Get the help you need today to get back on the road to financial success.
For more information about dealing with your consumer debt please contact DebtCare Canada today by calling 1-888-890-0888 or visit www.debtcare.ca.