Debt Basics

Debt Basics
With today's increasing debt levels, understanding debt is more important than ever.

When used and managed carefully, debt enables you to:

  • Build a credit history;
  • Buy a house;
  • Send yourself or your kids to school; and
  • Track and manage your spending.


Some debt, specifically your home mortgage, even lets you to reduce your income tax.

Understanding debt and using it wisely can help create a better, more fulfilling life for you and your family and can steer you toward a more stable future.

However, for Americans who struggle with debt, the financial future feels uncertain at best. It's overwhelming, it's nerve-racking, and it's difficult to know how or where to begin to get back on the right track.

If you are one of those Americans in debt, you can follow this step-by-step guide to getting out of debt.

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