If you've ever followed finance guru Suze Orman, you know that she always steers people away from taking out loans against their retirement accounts. Well, hold on to your hat, because Orman is advocating just that for desperate furloughed workers who are running out of fiscal options.
This week, approximately 800,000 furloughed government workers missed the first of what could potentially be multiple paychecks until the government reopens. For many of these individuals and their families, it spells nothing short of utter disaster.
Most people don't have a clear understanding of exactly how debt consolidation loans work. Having this information can help you avoid ending up in a worse financial situation than you are in currently.
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The days of the debtor prison in America are long over -- in theory. In reality, aggressive bill collectors are finding ways to use the legal process to criminalize being too poor to pay a bill.
Northern Ohio residents who have run up mountains of medical bills after a serious illness or accident can find themselves buried under debt. People who never let themselves get behind on a bill suddenly find themselves inundated with collection notices and threats from creditors.
If you're a Medina resident struggling with debt obligations, you are far from alone. It's frustrating to get hassled by creditors, which is why it is prudent to avoid running up debts in the first place.
Ohio residents who are mired in debt can find themselves the targets of scams that promise to repair their credit and negotiate their payment obligations. Desperate people tend to latch on to anything that promises to help them out of their predicament. However, falling for one of these debt relief scams can only wind up costing you more of your hard-earned money.
You have to be very careful with debt relief programs. Some of them absolutely are scams, and they can significantly alter your financial future.
As you look into your debt relief options, you know that the key to staying out of debt in the future is to create a budget and stick to it. The first part is easy; you've tried it already. The second part is where it gets difficult. How can you actually stay on budget and get control over your money?