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The Benefits of Living a Debt-Free Life

Aug 17, 2007
Once you make the decision to get out of debt and get a handle on your finances, whether it be through steady payments, debt consolidation, or a debt settlement program, you will finally begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Although the road to financial freedom is not a short trip and it may have a few bumps along the way, reaching the finish line is more than worth the trials of the journey.

There are many obvious reasons to be debt free, including extra cash in your pocket, not having to pay high interest rates every month and never again having to worry about late fees. But, what about the less obvious benefits? Are there any reasons that are nonetheless important, but we don't seem to think of them right away? Of course there are and it is these very benefits that may be the most important of all when it comes to seeking debt relief at the appropriate time.

If you want to purchase a home, a vacation getaway or invest in real estate, you may need to obtain a conventional loan in order to secure the deal. The truth is that few real estate transactions are done with cash, which is why lending institutions play an important role in your need as a homeowner. With that being said, it is nearly impossible to get financing if you already have a lot of debt. When a lender pulls your credit file or compares your debt to income ratio, they may find that you cannot afford another payment. If this happens, your loan would likely be declined. If your pursuit of debt relief is successful, however, this will not be a concern as you will be better equipped to repay a loan when potential lenders view your credit status.

When you apply for a job, you will probably be required to sign a form giving the employer permission to access your credit report. If you have a lot of debt or your credit score is poor, some employers may not be able to offer you a position that you would otherwise be perfect for. This is especially true if you are applying at a location that handles a lot of cash, such as a bank or casino. Your credit report says a lot about you, including your ability to responsibly handle money. If you are debt free, you will have a much better chance at getting the perfect job without having to worry about your credit score.

In a world where so many people live from one paycheck to the next, it is so nice to have some extra spending money in your pocket. Whether you want to plan a vacation, purchase something without having to charge it on a credit card or simply want to know that you can buy something if you want it, the best way to accomplish these goals is through debt relief with the use of a debt consolidation and/or debt settlement program.

One of the final, but most important, benefits of living a debt free life is to lessen the stress and anxiety all too often associated with bills. If you worry about making monthly payments or borrow money from one credit card to pay another, then you are already experiencing the need for debt relief. Being free of debt will also help to prevent you from being irritable with family just because you are stressed about finances. One of the leading causes of divorce is arguments over, you guessed it, money. When you are out of debt and have a few extra dollars in your wallet, you will soon begin to adapt to a cash-only basis and wonder how you ever lived without it.
About the Author
Brian Dolezal is a contributing editor for TopConsumerReviews.com, a leading provider of independent reviews and rankings for hundreds of consumer products. You can find out how top debt relief programs compare by visiting TopConsumerReviews.com today.
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