It is a very rare kind of person that does not have money problems at some point in your life. It is important to realize in the circumstances that missing a single payment on your credit card does not make you a bad person, a financially reckless individual or a debt risk. This is not because it is fine to miss a credit payment – ideally, it won’t happen to you – but because there is a way back from credit problems. You need to be concentrated on finding that way back and taking it – but as long as you keep a clear head, this is more than manageable.
Missing one credit card payment is unlikely to strip you of a positive credit rating in one fell swoop. What you need to keep in mind is that there are very good reasons to treat your first missed payment as a warning sign. If you fall into longer term problems with debt, it will be much harder to escape them. For this reason you should focus on that payment and tell yourself that it won’t happen again. Pay attention to making the payment when you can, and meeting the next one when it becomes due. By sticking to this promise to yourself you will make it far more likely that the one missed payment was an aberration. If you think that you will have problems making payments going forward, look for alternative solutions such as consolidation or debt management, rather than letting the problem grow.
The word “counseling” is one that can trigger some pretty extreme reactions in people. Given its long association with people under the effects of depression or other mental stresses, it is viewed by many people as being something with a stigma attached to it. However, the simple fact is that counseling can be extremely helpful, and applying yourself to a course of it need not be an admission of weakness – more that you had the strength to admit you needed help. Counseling exists today for far more things than mental stress – although it tends to be used in situations which can be enormously mentally stressful.
Debt counseling is a process that people are using more and more these days, in recognition of the fact that finding yourself unable to make your monthly payments can be an extremely stressful situation. There are many different approaches to debt counseling, a lot of which center around your reasons for ending up in the situation where you have major debt to deal with. If you can address these problems, with the help of a qualified specialist, then you can put yourself on the right track to get rid of your debt once and for all.
Look around for the counselor who you think will help you best, who will understand your reasons for falling into debt and who you think can provide common sense answers to your problems. The situation of having to pay off serious debt is something that can have unreasonable effects on your mental and physical well being. Don’t let it drag you down.
Taking out a loan for a small amount to pay for a purchase that is just outside your usual spending power should be quite a manageable situation. If you take the loan out at a reasonable rate of interest over a decent term then you should be able to make the repayments even if you find yourself out of work for a period. However it is a different story if you take out a mortgage to pay for a house, or a car loan. These forms of credit are often “secured” on your purchase, which means that, should you default on the loan, the lender will be able to reclaim the property from you as a way of making their money back.
Secured credit has such pitfalls because, without the possibility of reclaiming their money in this way, banks would need to charge higher rates of interest and keep the term of the loan much shorter than they currently are. This would put the purchase of a house or a new car far outside the range of most people. It is, however, vitally important to be sure that you have a contingency plan should you suddenly lose your job. In such cases, becoming unemployed can also mean becoming homeless.
Further to this, a default on a mortgage can stay on your credit file for some time, meaning that another mortgage any time soon will be an impossibility for you. Take into account all the perils of taking a mortgage before you sign any documents, because the drawbacks to secured credit could be prohibitive.