Debt management is not a one-size-fits-all solution but rather an amalgamation of choices you can make to best pay off your outstanding debts. If you have a large amount of debt, whether it's "good debt" like a mortgage or student loans, or other debts like credit card debt, it can impact your credit scores depending on how well you manage the debt. Whatever your reason for wanting to reduce what you owe, like enhancing your credit history before applying for a mortgage or loan, success starts with building a strategy that will move you forward. Creating debt management plans, debt reduction strategies, or seeking the help of a credit counselor are all viable ways to help with your debt management. However, seeking the best solution depends on your unique situation, along with the type and amount of debt you owe. Other debt reduction strategies include short-term and long-term strategies to help better manage the amount of debt you owe, so you can plan ahead while still taking your lifestyle into account. Meanwhile, credit counseling is when a person or team sets you up with a budget and teaches you money management skills while creating a plan for helping eliminate your debts. However, one should look out for credit counseling scams, which could put you deeper in debt.
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