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What financial mistakes lead to bankruptcy?

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2019 | Bankruptcy

Those who file for bankruptcy are usually forced to do so after making a series of unwise decisions. While none of us can predict the future or avoid mistakes completely, it can be possible to avoid debts by planning ahead and strategizing for the future in Ohio.

If you are worried about the debts that you are facing or if you are feeling growing pressure from creditors, it is important to think carefully about how you react. Many people go into a state of panic and desperation, meaning that they act irrationally and make poor decisions that could lead to further debts. By learning about the most common mistakes made by debtors, you will be more empowered to make better choices in regard to your own finances.

Avoid credit cards

Credit cards are often relied upon by those who are struggling financially. The availability of credit can mean that debtors are led into a false sense of security regarding their financial health. They may be tempted to continue indulging themselves with luxurious purchases even when they are in debt. If it is possible, you should refrain from using any credit cards, and you should attempt to start paying off existing credit card debt that you have acquired.

Maintain your health insurance

Those who are suffering from moderate financial issues may get into deeper trouble if they become ill and do not have health insurance. Sadly, medical debts are one of the leading causes of individual bankruptcy filings in the United States. By maintaining your health insurance plan even through difficult times, you will have a better chance of avoiding serious financial problems.

Start building an emergency fund

It may seem counter-intuitive to start saving while in debt. However, the act of building an emergency fund can prevent you from taking out high-interest loans in an emergency. Additionally, having a small amount of savings will give you peace of mind if you are worried about your job security or upcoming bills.

While bankruptcy is best avoided if there are more feasible options, bankruptcy filings can also help those who are suffering from debts that they cannot pay back. Gaining financial freedom can have the power to significantly improve an individual’s quality of life.



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