Debt Management



1. Debt management services formulate budgets for consumers who are interested in this service.

True
These programs, such as credit counseling services, analyze the consumer's monthly income. After reviewing this information, a budget is then formulated. This budget is specialized to meet the consumer's specific financial needs. The budget will often include household expenses, groceries, vehicle payments and supplies, and all other bills that the family or individual may have. Interestingly, the majority of credit counseling services are non-profit.


2. Debt management often results in high credit interest rates and monthly payments.

False
Credit Counselors present plans to lower credit card interest rates and monthly payments to the credit card issuers. Also, banks are willing to work with consumers who are trying to repay the money they owe. For example, many banks will agree to reduce interest rates for a specific period for people seeking help with debt consolidation and reduction.


3. Consumers receive a bill to pay the creditors and debt management team.

True
Organizations have the consumer deposit money each month into an account. The deposits are then used to pay unsecured debts and to pay the team. The average monthly handling charge is $40.


4. Debt management companies can negotiate with banks to drop late fees and educate the consumer.

True
These companies can often get banks to waive late fees on the consumer's accounts to provide time and assistance for the consumer. Debt consolidation companies will also provide programs to help consumers learn about how to manage their debt. Overall, a debt consolidation company strives to look out for the consumer.


5. We should strive to live financially moderate lives that match our calling.

True
Proverbs 30:7-9 - Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.


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