We have many reasons why we’re running Debt Awareness Week. Here are 3 of them.

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We’re running Debt Awareness Week for one reason above all others: to help people get debt help sooner.

We hear stories, like the ones below, every day, whether it’s Debt Awareness Week or not. We need people like these – now on the road to becoming debt free – to start talking about their money worries and contact us earlier for help.

Reason #1

I relied on credit in order to live after my separation, to set up a new home. It had been a violent relationship and I was left with four children and no furniture.

Reason #2

I went without food for myself because there was no money available to buy it. I had constant feelings of shame and guilt. I tried to convince my wife how bad things were and encouraged her to destroy the credit cards and store cards.

I even wondered if I was killed in an accident whether debts would be written off by the lenders, making life better for my wife and kids. I didn’t know whether life would be better for them without me and no debts or with me and a heck of a struggle financially.

Reason #3

I knew I had a debt problem when I had to borrow money off my elderly aunt to pay a gas bill – not once but twice. My stress levels were very high and my blood pressure was off the scale. I knew that as long as I worked and was on a proper budget plan i could eventually pay the money back to all creditors even if it took years.

If you relate to any of the stories above, or any of the others we’ll add during this week, using our Debt Danger Signs test to see if you need debt advice.

Client quotes obtained in debt danger signs survey, Dec 2013.

At StepChange Debt Charity we want you to be free of debt and save money.

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