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How to Talk to Your Family About Debt

Posted by in Debt
12
Jul 2019

Being in debt is a very difficult situation to be in, and you may have trouble being open about your financial issues with your loved ones. In fact, millions of people suffer from debt or debt-related issues every year, with many not having anyone to share their financial burdens with.Also, while there are financial options available for people with substantive debts, such as debt consolidation, talking to one’s family about debt can still be challenging due to the stigma of being in debt, or because they may fear that they may cause their loved ones to also worry. Here, we will discuss some of the ways that you can talk to your family about your financial obligations.

How to talk to your family about debt

Why You Should Talk to Someone

Being in debt can be very stressful, can increase your anxiety, and in some cases even lead to depression. As such, you should try to talk to someone that you trust. By doing so, they may be able to help you plan a proper budget so that you can get out of debt easier and quicker. They can also help you cope with any collection agencies that may be harassing you via the phone or by sending you threatening letters.

Furthermore, they may be able to share tips with you that can help you save more money in the future or help you earn more money. In fact, a family member may also be dealing with debt issues of their own, so talking to a loved one can help motivate both parties to work harder and smarter towards erasing their debts. The end result is you will not only have a cheerleader on your side but you will also not feel alone while dealing with the burden of debt.

Discussing Your Debts With Your Partner

If you are currently in a committed relationship with someone, are married, or are thinking of moving in with a partner, then you should discuss your debts with them as soon as possible. While it may be difficult to do so, repressing stress will only lead to spillover in other important areas of your life. In fact, trying to conceal the truth from your partner can actually make things significantly worse, as it can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and resentment, as well as a lack of proper communication, and ongoing arguments over money.

A breach of trust can also lead to the dissolution of the relationship, and trying to conceal your debts can also affect your partner financially. For instance, if you have a joint account with your loved one then you can impact their credit file, due to either missed or reduced debt repayments on your end.

In fact, if they were to apply for a financial product, such as a credit card, in the future, then the missed or reduced payments will be reflected on their credit file, which may cause their application to be delayed or outright rejected.

What to Tell Them

The first thing that you should tell your family is that you are already working towards a solution that will satisfy all parties involved. For instance, you can tell them that you are currently working with a confidential debt resolution company that provides pro bono counselling. You should also assure them that you are making progress, in the sense that you are moving ever closer to becoming a debt-free person.

For instance, even your reduced payments will be reflected on your file, which means that your credit file is slowly but surely being repaired with every payment that you make. You should remind them that debt repayment is not a race, but a marathon, and that you will eventually become completely debt-free by sticking to the financial plan.

In the end, a family should work together to help reach common goals. Hence, your debts can actually serve as an opportunity for your loved ones to band together in order to eliminate your debts. They can even help you get out of your debts quicker by reducing some of their own outgoings.

Cell phone contracts can be cancelled or renegotiated, and the same can be said for utilities. In addition to bills that can be reduced with some negotiation, you can also cut back on any frills or nonessentials, such as alcohol, cigarettes, magazine subscriptions, paid streaming services- such as Netflix, Hulu, or Crave-and recreational activities.

How To Reduce Stress in Other Areas of Your Life

It goes without saying that if you are feeling stressed about your debts then you will also start to feel stressed about other things that are happening in your life. Ergo, being open about your debt issues with your family will not only help you obtain some much needed moral and emotional support but can also serve as an opportunity for you to spend more quality time with your family.

For instance, your children or your significant other can help you with household chores to help reduce your stress. In addition to helping keep a clean house, which can help reduce stress on a subconscious level, they can also help with the cooking. Preparing meals together will not only help you bond with your family but also reduces your expenses, as eating out is not only unhealthy but also adds up rather quickly.

You can also workout with your loved ones, as it is very important to eat healthily and exercise when you are dealing with debts, as doing so can help keep your mind sharp and focused, and also reduce stress and its associated psychosomatic symptoms.

For more information or advice on talking to your family about debt or solutions to your debt problems, call Kevin Thatcher at 1-866-702-9801 or contact us here.

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