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February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

Most people never set out to end up in debt or bankruptcy, but it happens to the best of us. Job loss, divorce and unexpected medical illnesses can all play an integral role in pushing finances out of bounds, into debt and needing the help of bankruptcy protection. The trouble with finances is that most people ignore them unless there is a problem. This is never a good strategy and only leads to more trouble.

March is national Credit Education Month, which means that there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of some valuable financial resources over the next few weeks. Credit counseling agencies can provide educational courses and guided steps to help consumers learn to get out of debt and regain control over our financial lives. In general, there are a few things each of us should be doing to take an active role in managing our finances and improving our credit.

Monitor Your Credit Report

Very few people actually utilize the free annual credit report opportunity, let alone keep up with their report year around. Your credit report is essential for ensuring your credit score is at its best and your finances are in order. It isn't uncommon to find mistakes or inaccuracies on a report, which could bring down a score and even alert you to delinquencies you didn't know existed.

Develop A Budget

Since the technological revolution, people have slacked off on budgeting and keeping track of their spending. Online bill pay and debit card use has made many of us lazy spenders. Rarely do we sit down and track our monthly spending or follow a budget. Having an outlined budget to follow each month can prevent unnecessary spending and makes smart money management habits, such as saving and paying off debts, much easier.

Use Money Management Tools

Although the advancement in technology has taught many people bad money management habits, it has brought with it better ways for managing money, when used properly. There are many online programs or applications for a smart phone that can help you track your spending, alert you when funds are low or you are reaching a budget limit and even help you move money into savings. Most banks even offer automatic checking to savings account draft features that make saving money effortless.

Prioritize Debt Reduction

We all say we will work harder to get out of debt each year around New Years, but by March we are back to our old ways. Debt reduction isn't easy for most of us and it takes much time and attention. Allocating a portion of your income to be spent on extra debt payments is a surefire way to lower your debts quickly. Getting out of debt takes focus and must become a prioritized expense each month if you are to successfully lower your debts over time.

Christopher M, of Lee Law Firm, understands that financial hardships can affect honest, hard-working people. His early experience growing up in a very blue collar family in a rural area of Indiana, made a significant impression on his business philosophy today. As a child, he watched his family struggle as money didn't come easy and his parent work hard to provide for their family. As a bankruptcy attorney in Dallas, TX his practice has given him the opportunity to directly impact the lives of many people.

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