Despite the high degree of discomfort discussing financial issues, asking for help before a financial crisis strikes will help you in the long run. In many societal circles, discussions about money are considered taboo. It is not generally appropriate to begin sentences with, “I hear that you and the Mrs. are having financial troubles”.
Credit counseling organizations have the opportunity to educate a wide variety of people through, both one on one counseling and public seminars. It is noticeable that socioeconomic boundaries are nearly non-existent when looking at the lack of financial knowledge and discipline. Just because an individual has a six-figure salary does not mean that they are more financially savvy than someone who makes less than thirty thousand per year is. In fact, in some instances it can be quite the opposite.
Credit counselors work with individuals who receive high paying salaries, yet have struggled for years trying to pull their finances together. Motivated by pride and the belief that someone with a graduate degree doesn’t need help managing money, these individuals can just as easily dig deeper into debt. Though this is not the theme across the board, it is prevalent in numerous situations. The lesson learned is that a financial crisis can come at all income levels. Learn the danger signs of a financial crisis before it strikes and know that you are not alone - there is financial education available.
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American Consumer Credit Counseling
Attn: Tom Palange
Education Programs Specialist
130 Rumford Ave.
Newton, MA 02466
1-800-769-3571 Ext. 708