Couples Ask – Invest or Pay Off Those Debts

Are you looking to get your finances moving in the right direction? You’re actually not alone. Many couples look at the way their lives are going and feel that they are completely out of control. The more that they fight, the more trouble comes their way. They will struggle to balance everything that they want to do with everything that they nee dot do. Is there ever a way out of this classic debt trap? Absolutely, but it brings in more questions. Most couples want to know either they should invest or pay off debts.

So we wanted to weigh on this classic question the right way. You see, it’s best to make sure that you’re getting rid of the high interest debts before you talk about trying to invest. Investing is something that’s going to take up a lot of your time. If you’re not careful, it’s something that you might be very unprepared to handle. You need to make sure that you’re reading up on the right informational and taking action based on correct information. When you’re drowning in debt though, it’s very tempting to just try to go off of what other people think would be the right way to handle things. That’s not what you want to do at all. You want to make sure that you are researching on your own, and that’s just the way to go.

From here, let’s talk about your debt. If you have never looked at your debts before, you really need to start doing that. It’s tempting to think that you can try to do both. There are some families that can do both but this is rare.

It can be tough to stand up to creditors, but you’re going to have to do it. If they need to get things form you, then you need to make sure that you actually send the forms back. If they say that you need to call them within a certain amount of time, then you definitely need to make sure that you do that. The only alternative that you have is to ignore them and then… well, we know where that road leads.

It’s our strongest opinion that you need to face your debt. You might be afraid to face it today, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t attack it later. Have you considered credit counseling before you really get started? It cannot only give you better credit education, but it can also encourage you to start really thinking about the type of financial life that you really want to have.

At the end of the day, it’s completely up to us to think about the life that we really want to live, versus the life that we feel that we’re stuck in. There’s always time to concentrate on the future, to be perfectly honest with you. If you don’t think so, just let yourself concentrate on the future for a minute. Don’t limit yourself — think about what you really want to accomplish and then go for it. If your family doesn’t stand behind you, then you don’t need to bother with them either. Just focus on the people that matter most to you and go from there.