It’s Just a Part of the Journey:

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Debt is something that everyone encounters on their financial journey. And if debt is something that you’re struggling with, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. Our guides are here to help you understand and manage this obstacle, reminding you that financial wellness can be a part of everyone’s journey.

It’s important for you to understand how you can manage your debt and maintain strong credit. When you come into debt, it can become an obstacle on your journey that you have to overcome as opposed to a tool to help you achieve your goals. However, with the proper management and leveraging, this doesn’t have to be your experience.

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Before borrowing any money, make sure that you understand and calculate the total cost of repaying that debt. Here’s how:

Amount Borrowed + Interest Charged + Fees = Total Cost

With this information, you can create a plan to pay off this debt. Why is this important? Well, the amount of debt you have and the way in which you manage it is one of the largest factors that go into your credit score, that of which is extremely important to your financial health. This score is a number that determines how likely you are to repay your debts.

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