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It’s always important to gauge your financial wellness. Financial situations can change very quickly. Understanding how to make adjustments as needed is an important skill to learn. Take this quiz to see where you stand financially and help address any problems shown by the results. The first step toward a financially stable tomorrow is facing the situation today.
Ready to begin? Answer True or False to the following questions, and then tally your score. See scoring beneath the quiz to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for financial counseling.
I normally pay only the minimum amount due on my credit card bills.
My credit card balances increase each month.
There are arguments in my home about money.
I sometimes hide purchases from my spouse.
I frequently charge items that I used to pay for with cash.
I have thought about filing for bankruptcy.
I have begun using cash advances to meet my obligations.
My credit cards are near the limit, so I’ve begun applying for new lines of credit.
I do not know the total amount that I owe.
I skip paying my bills some months, or pay late.
I have depleted my savings.
I am consumed with worries about debt.
My debt interferes with my job and/or home life.
Collectors have begun contacting me.
I have taken money from my retirement account to satisfy debt obligations.
If I lost my job, it would mean an immediate financial crisis in my life.
I use balance transfers.
I have no emergency savings account.
Next month’s bills arrive before I’ve paid this month’s.
I do not open my bills when they arrive, or soon thereafter.
Most people answer “True” to two or three of the above questions. If True was answered more often than three times, you might consider financial counseling. BALANCE offers free and low cost assistance, whether the problem stems from needing more financial education, debt concerns, meeting your mortgage payment, or a host of other personal finance concerns. Discussing it with a certified counselor/3rd party will add insight to help you to resolve the situation.