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Life After Debt Series: “How Becoming Debt Free Has Allowed Me to Purchase My First House”

How do you think you got into financial trouble?
Not paying attention to money.

How did that make you feel?
It made me feel stressed.

How long did it take you to get back on your feet financially?
4 to 5 years.

Is your outlook on life different now that you are debt free?
Absolutely.

How did dealing with your debt help in other areas of your life?
I paid more attention to everything.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in your life what would you have done differently that could have prevented you from getting into debt?
I would have paid attention and used cash or debit for purchasing only things that I really needed.

How did Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada help you with your situation?
They educated me on the importance of spending money the right way.

How did it feel when you finished working with Credit Counselling Services and became debt free?
Amazing. I still use the tips that I was given.

What are you doing now to ensure you don’t repeat past financial mistakes?
Watching everything I spend.

If you were to experience financial difficulty again, would you use credit counselling to get back on track?
Yes.

How has becoming debt free allowed you to plan for your future?
It has helped me to know how much money to put aside for all different things. I am now looking forward to hopefully being a 1st-time homeowner in the near future.

Have you been able to educate/encourage other members of your family to budget and save?
Yes.

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