United Way Cummunity Partner

416 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511

Phone: 608-365-1244
Toll Free: 866-925-CCCS
FAX: 608-365-4097

Take this test to see if you might need credit counseling.

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1. Are you using your credit cards to buy groceries or gas?

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2. Have you hit your credit limit on one or more cards?

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3. Does the pressure of your debt distract you from your daily work?

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4. Are you unable to save money for anticipated annual and occasional expenses? i.e., taxes, insurance premiums, auto repair, birthdays or holidays.

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5. Are you screening your calls because of constant collector (creditor) calls?

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6. Are you overwhelmed with medical debt?

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7. Are you behind on your rent/mortgage and/or utility bills?

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8. Have you borrowed money without giving consideration to the rate of interest you are required to pay?

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9. Do you anticipate difficulty in paying monthly minimums on current credit card debt?

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10. Are you unable to keep up with everyday expenses due to a recent job loss, reduced income and/or fixed income, illness or divorce?

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11. I am unable to save at least 5-10% of my take home pay.

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12. I do not know what I spend monthly on living expenses. i.e., food, kids, clothing, entertainment.

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13. Have you ever transferred a credit card balance only to find yourself still unable to meet financial obligations?

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14. I do not have at least one month of my net income in reserve for emergencies.

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15. I am not able to pay more than the required minimum on my credit card.

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16. Do your charge account balances grow each month?

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17. Are you borrowing more money before the old loan is paid off?

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18. Do you know why you always get turned down for credit?

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19. Is there an increase in money arguments in your household?

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20. Are you borrowing money on your credit cards to pay current bills?

If your answer is yes for any one of the questions above, you should take a closer look at your budget-it may suggest a need for credit counseling.

More than one yes may mean you need help in preventing debt problems.

A yes answer to four or more questions means you are in trouble.