ACCC’s Debt Management Program Leads To Financial Freedom

American Consumer Credit Counseling's debt management program helped Ana get out of debt.

Here’s how Ana got out of her debt with ACCC’s debt management program

Ana, a 32-year-old graphic designer, had always prided herself on her independence and ability to manage her finances. However, a series of unexpected events and decisions gradually led her into a deep financial quagmire:

Medical Emergency: Two years ago, Ana faced a significant health scare that required emergency surgery and a prolonged hospital stay. While she had health insurance, the coverage was not comprehensive, leaving her with substantial out-of-pocket medical bills.

Credit Reliance During Recovery: During her recovery, Ana was unable to work for several months. To cope with the loss of income and keep up with her living expenses, she relied heavily on her credit cards, accruing high-interest debt.

Lifestyle and Social Pressures: Living in a metropolitan area with a high cost of living, Ana often felt pressure to keep up with her peers in terms of lifestyle and social activities. This led to occasional overspending on dining out, entertainment, and travel, further exacerbating her debt situation.

Lack of Emergency Savings: Prior to her medical emergency and the subsequent financial challenges, Ana had not prioritized building an emergency savings fund. This lack of a financial safety net left her unprepared to deal with unexpected expenses.

The turning point for Ana came when she realized that despite her best efforts, the minimum payments on her credit cards were barely covering the interest, and her debt was spiraling out of control. Conversations with her coworker Sarah, who had successfully navigated out of debt with the help of ACCC’s debt management program, encouraged her to seek professional advice.

How Did Ana’s Debt Story Change?

Once she reached out to the Credit counselors at American Consumer Credit Counseling, they worked with Ana collaboratively to understand her current financial situation.

When Ana first joined ACCC’s debt management program, she was paying almost $3600 a month with an average interest rate of 29% across seven creditors. Over $1600 of that was just going towards paying the interest alone, making it impossible to make any headway to paying her debts down and looking at over thirty-four years to pay it off. This was not the situation Ana wished she were in! And she was desperately looking to pay off her debt much sooner than the rest of her life!

The certified credit counselor at ACCC, Ms. Davis, together with Ana, meticulously reviewed Ana’s financial statements. She pointed out areas where spending could be drastically reduced. Here some key steps Ana took with the help of the experts at ACCC.

  1. Create a customized budget– This helped Ana have a better perspective of her expenses to understand her needs and wants. And thereby adjust her budget to cut down on unnecessary expenses.
  2. Financial Education – ACCC also offered Ana a helping hand, providing educational resources on responsible credit card use and effective budgeting strategies. For the first time, Ana felt empowered to take control of her finances.
  3. Create a Structured Debt Management Program– Ms. Davis, ACCC’s expert credit counselor, successfully negotiated with her creditors and brought her interest rate average down to 8.5% on the debt she owed. Through this adjustment, ACCC succeeded in reducing Ana’s monthly payments to below $1500 dollars and now, she was only allocating less than $160 towards interest payments each month.

This notable change meant she was saving just over $2000 monthly and saving almost $150000 over the lifetime of the debt management program. The best part? She found her way to financial freedom in less than 5 and a half years instead of thirty-four years.

What Benefits Did Ana Get with ACCC’s Debt Management Program?

The debt management program consolidated all ana’s unsecured debts into a single, lower-interest monthly payment managed by ACCC. Negotiating with creditors on her behalf, the ACCC secured a significantly reduced interest rate, a significant win in Ana’s fight with getting out of debt. This meant more money going towards actual debt repayment.

Instilled financial discipline – For Ana, the initial months were the hardest to adjust. However, with the ability to track her progress with her debt repayment plan at ACCC she was motivated to keep going and stick with her budget.

Here is what Ana had to say:

“As months turned into years, the relentless commitment started to pay off. The debt balance, once a monstrous figure, has begun to shrink steadily. The initial anxiety surrounding my credit score transformed into a quiet determination to see it rise. With each responsible payment reported to the credit bureaus, my score started to climb. Two years into the program I am confident that I am well on my way to getting out of debt in the next two years. The feeling of freedom is exhilarating, the burden of debt is slowly but surely lifted from my shoulders. I am ever so grateful to ACCC’s credit counselors for taking me through this journey to debt relief. “

Ana’s story is yet another testament to the success of ACCC’s debt management programs!

Working with ACCC, Ana embarked on a journey of financial education and discipline. She learned to differentiate between her needs and wants, drastically cutting down on unnecessary expenses. The debt management plan crafted by ACCC’s credit counselors not only consolidated her debts into a single, more manageable payment but also significantly reduced her interest rates.

This structured approach, coupled with Ana’s unwavering commitment, gradually restored her financial health. The ability to track her progress and see the tangible results of her efforts kept Ana motivated. Her experience with ACCC not only led her towards financial freedom but also instilled in her the principles of responsible financial management, ensuring a more secure financial future.

Ana’s story is a testament to the fact that with the right support and a commitment to change, it is possible to overcome even the most daunting financial challenges. Her journey with ACCC illustrates the power of professional guidance and personalized debt management in achieving financial stability and peace of mind.

See if Credit Counseling is Right For You!


When You are Ready to Regain Control of Your Finances:

  1. Contact ACCC and connect with a professionally trained, independently certified counselor who will:

  • Evaluate your financial situation to determine a feasible payment plan – This is where you obtain a comprehensive picture of your financial situation, including your debts, expenses, and income.
  • Assist in creating a budget that meets your needs – Create a suitable budget while paying off your debt. Coming up with a plan together with your counselor to exclude unwanted expenses and work towards debt relief.
  • Help develop a debt management plan, consolidating your debts into a single monthly payment – Consolidate the money you owe so you can make a single payment each month to ACCC. The company makes payments to all your creditors on your behalf. This enables you to stay current with your payments. Also, it reduces the stress of having to make separate payments to your creditors.
  1. The counselor will collaborate with your creditors to:

  • Seek potential reductions in finance charges, late fees, and over-limit charges – Working with your creditors for a possible reduction in your interest rates, late fees, over-limit charges and the time it will take to pay off your loan.
  • Negotiate extended deadlines for existing debt repayments – Working with your creditors to negotiate payment deadlines, so that you align your debt management program with your budget.
Disclaimer: This story unveils an authentic client experience. However, certain details have been modified to safeguard the client’s confidentiality.