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8 Ways to Manage Money StressMedia Link

But if you feel like it’s professional financial help you need for your money stress rather than a therapist, there are free places to go for that as well, says Howard Dvorkin, a certified public accountant and chairman of the debt education website,

“There’s no shortage of free assistance,” Dvorkin says. “Your bank or credit union probably offer free online budgeting tools that can help you squeeze every last dime from your income. Nonprofit credit counseling agencies … offer you a free, in-depth debt analysis over the phone.”

A New Survey Links Credit Card Usage and Stress. Here Are 4 Tips to Stay CalmMedia Link

But while credit cards might make it easier and even more financially rewarding to shop, they also have the potential to wreak havoc on your mental health. A recent survey by found that 34% of credit card users feel stressed. That’s up from 21% who said the same in 2022.

Also, this year, 43% of credit card users said that the simple act of looking at their monthly statements was a source of stress. Last year, only 39% said the same.

Medical Credit Cards and Loans Carry a Heavy BurdenMedia Link

When it comes to medical bills, you aren’t alone.’s Medical Debt Survey found that close to 6 in 10 consumers are having a hard time paying medical bills in the face of inflation. The good news is that there are ways to pay. for it without racking up expensive debt. For starters, if you’re offered a medical credit card with an interest-free period, make sure you can pay off the bills within that time frame. If that’s not realistic, request a payment plan directly with the provider instead. Some doctors will offer interest-free plans for multiple years. Make sure to get the payment plan in writing to avoid any of the doctor bills being sent to collections, says Howard Dvorkin, CPA, and chairman of ​

If you have insurance and your provider declines to cover a procedure, Dvorkin says to appeal the decision. It also behooves you to go over the bill to spot any errors that may have added to the cost. Even saving a couple of thousand dollars can go a long way. “Health insurers make mistakes, too, so consumers should ask their insurance company about what they do and don’t cover. People with gap insurance should also check with their providers to see if their bills will be covered,” says Dvorkin.

If all else fails and you have multiple medical debts, you can try to consolidate them into one loan. This will give you one monthly payment and potentially a lower interest rate. You can also try to settle the debt, although this will negatively impact your credit score. To settle, Dvorkin says to negotiate directly with the collection agency. “Consumers who find themselves with medical bills they can’t pay should prioritize keeping their bills out of collections — all while fighting to receive a reasonable price or payment plan,” says Dvorkin.

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