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Reasons Debt Management Doesn't Always Work

Jul 8, 2008
When people decide to borrow money, it is never with the intention of getting into serious debt. But paying back the money that was borrowed doesn't always work out quite how you might have been expecting it would when opening the line of credit in the first place. Even well intentioned debt management plans aren't always successful.

The truth is that even some people with great financial management skills wind up having overwhelming amounts of debt. Of course, problems with debt can be blamed on poor planning as well. Debt management is not always successful for the following reasons:

1. Jobs get lost. Due to outsourcing and downsizing on mass levels by large companies, many people have found themselves suddenly jobless. Such an unexpected change financially can cause serious money problems, including the inability to pay off debt.

2. Health problems cause money troubles. Accidents can render people unable to work, as can a variety of illnesses. Between the lack of income and the medical bills, people whose health has taken a turn for the worse often find themselves unable to repay their debts on schedule.

3. Unexpected occurrences bring unexpected expenses. Despite careful budgeting, expenses that were never planned on can arise and leave you incapable of paying for monthly bills. Some common examples of such unexpected expenses are property damage caused by catastrophic weather events, appliances that just stop working, and pricey car repairs. These and other similar things can greatly affect your ability to work at eradicating debt.

4. Not saving enough. While not all financial woes can be completely avoided, they can indeed be made easier to deal with by being able to rely on savings to help in the case of an emergency. Sadly, many people do not see the importance of adding monthly savings to a budget. Doing so, however, is essential to successful management of debt.

The same problems that often cause us to get into too much debt in the first place can also derail us when we're already in too much debt and trying to get out. When these things occur, it may become necessary to seek outside help. Consolidating our debts may make things easier, but sometimes even that is not enough. When all other options are exhausted, some debtors end up filing for bankruptcy.

Stopping debt from getting out of hand is the most effective form of successful debt management. Saving money for expenses that were not expected is certainly beneficial, and a financial reorganization can help if savings alone are not enough. Although regaining control over your financial situation might not be the simplest thing to do, the benefits you get from doing so are well worth the effort.
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