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Tips to reduce the stress of debt

Debt is one of the biggest things that causes stress, meaning those who know they have debt hanging over their heads may always have it in the backs of their minds. This isn't a healthy way to live, but there are some things that you can do to reduce that stress.

First off, some experts suggest spending your money not on items, but on experiences. They note that most items are exciting right away and then boring a short time later. Experiences can create memories that last for life.

They also note that you shouldn't spend outside of your means. People often do this in an attempt to create a certain image or impress others. However, even spending slightly more than you can afford causes debt to slowly build. People sometimes don't realize how bad it's getting until they're too far in debt to climb out.

Finally, experts recommend putting away some of your money, with some saying the minimum should be 10 percent. If you spend every cent you earn, even if you don't have debt, you may still feel stressed waiting for that next paycheck. Plus, even if a minor emergency happens, you may get into debt without any savings to help you out.

It's also very important to know that you still have options if debt becomes too much to handle. It's not the end of the world. Don't let it eat away at you, causing stress and impacting your health. Just take the time to consider everything you can do, which may include looking into your personal bankruptcy options.

Source: CNBC, "Debt stress and anxiety: How to get out from under," Sharon Epperson, accessed April 19, 2017

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