Personal Debt Management – Are You Checking for Errors?
Although many people don’t like to think too much about it, one of the most important things that we need to know is personal debt management. Without it, we could find, in no time, immersed in a spiral of financial disorder, paying unnecessary interests or administrative fees.
These organizations know that it isn’t necessary for an individual, or a family, to go through the painful process of bankruptcy. But, what is exactly personal debt management? And where should a person start? Unfortunately, it isn’t something that is taught at school, so let’s find out more before it’s too late.
What Is Personal Debt Management?
Personal debt management is a financial strategy by which an individual, or a family, determines the amount of money that they owe, for how long they are going to pay it, how much interest they pay (and if they can pay a lower rate), and when they are going to be able to acquire a new credit or have enough money for spending it elsewhere (e.g. a vacation).
Right now, consumers through out the US owe $2 trillion dollars. If you divide that number by the number of households that exist in the US, the result is that each one of them owes $18,000. And that amount of money doesn’t include mortgages. That’s a huge amount of money if we consider that the average income of a household in the US is, approximately, $43,300. That means that almost 50% of the average income of a family has to be spent paying debts.
But do not think that credit is a bad thing. Actually, without it, our modern economy wouldn’t exist. For example, without credit we wouldn’t be able to use mortgage loans to buy houses. How long would we had to wait for having enough money to buy a house? The problem with credit in the US is that it isn’t efficiently managed by the people who owe the money.