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Practical Money Matters Radio Series

June 4, 2012
Put the Brakes on Debt

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Are you struggling with debt or beginning to fall behind on bills? Find out what to watch for and ways to reclaim your finances.


Would a layoff or major medical bill bring your family to the brink of financial disaster? Before things get that dire, take a hard look at your finances.

Track every dime you earn and every cent you spend. If more is going out than coming in, you could be headed for a major fall. Having a balanced budget is vital.

If you're having difficulty paying bills, proactively call your creditors to try and work out a payment schedule. Don't wait until you're past due.

If you need professional guidance, search for a nonprofit credit counselor near you at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling's website,

Bottom line: Break the cycle of debt by exploring your options sooner, rather than later.

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