Grace’s Triumph Over Debt With the Help From ACCC

American Consumer Credit Counseling's debt management plan helped Grace get out of debt.

Here’s how Grace got out of her debt with ACCC’s debt management Plan

Grace Thompson, a 28-year-old middle school teacher in a bustling city, dedicated her life to educating the next generation. Despite her passion for teaching, Grace’s financial situation painted a starkly different picture. On a modest teacher’s salary, she found herself grappling with a growing pile of unsecured debt, a direct result of educational loans, relying on credit cards more often for daily living expenses, and an unforeseen family medical emergency that drained her savings. American Consumer Credit Counseling with its services such as debt management plan and expert credit counseling helped Grace in her journey toward financial freedom.

The Financial Hurdle: Grace’s Debt Dilemma

Educational Loans: Grace pursued a Master’s degree to further her career, accumulating $40,000 in debt with an interest rate of 6.8%.

Credit Card Debt: To make ends meet and cover unexpected expenses, Grace relied on her credit cards, .accruing $15,000 in debt across three cards with average interest rates soaring to 22%

Medical Emergency: An unexpected health issue resulted in $5,000 of medical debt on top of her existing obligations.

Faced with monthly debt payments of approximately $1,200, which consumed nearly half of her take-home pay, Grace felt the weight of her financial burdens growing heavier each day. The realization that she was on a treadmill, making minimum payments without making a dent in the principal amount, was disheartening.

ACCC Steps in With a Tailored Approach With Their Debt Management Plan

Determined to find a way out, Grace discovered American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) through an online search for debt relief options and debt management plans.  Hopeful, she made the call that would set her on a path to financial freedom. The structured approach of ACCC helped Grace to face her debt with a more positive outlook.  Working with ACCC, soon she realized her achieving financial freedom was not just an illusion. Here’s what Grace along with the the expert credit counselor at ACCC did to get out of debt.

Personalized Financial Review: ACCC’s certified credit counselor conducted a thorough review of Grace’s finances, including her income, expenses, and total debt. This holistic view allowed them to understand the extent of her financial strain. This first step was crucial for Grace as it gave her a clear picture of her current financial situation and what exactly she needed to do to get out of debt. The credit counselor also introduced Grace to CreditU, ACCC’s money management app to help her keep track of her budget more conveniently.

Debt Management Plan (DMP): Grace was enrolled in a DMP, which consolidated her credit card debts and medical bills into one manageable monthly payment. ACCC negotiated with her creditors to lower the interest rates on her credit card debt from an average of 22% to 8%.

Budgeting Assistance: Together with her counselor, Grace developed a realistic budget that accounted for her essential expenses and debt payments, enabling her to live within her means and avoid accruing additional debt.

Grace’s Journey to Debt Freedom with Debt Management Plans

With ACCC’s guidance, Grace embarked on her debt repayment journey with newfound determination. The DMP allowed her to reduce her monthly debt payments to $850, a significant decrease that freed up funds for her living expenses and even modest savings.

Impactful Results:

Total Unsecured Debt Paid Off: In less than three years, Grace paid off the $20,000 in credit card and medical debt. The lower interest rates negotiated by ACCC saved her over $10,000 in potential interest charges.

Educational Loans: With the breathing room provided by the DMP, Grace was able to focus on her educational loans, applying extra payments to the principal and reducing the repayment term significantly.

Grace Reflects on Her Financial Transformation

“As a teacher, I’ve always believed in the power of knowledge and support to change lives. ACCC embodied that belief for me financially,” Grace shared. “Not only am I debt-free, but I’ve also gained invaluable financial literacy skills that have transformed my approach to money management. ACCC gave me the tools and support I needed to take control of my finances and, ultimately, my life. And my credit counselors were so empathetic and helpful throughout the process. They were very patient and understanding and guided me carefully through the budgeting process as well as the debt management [program. The fact that I could track my progress helped me stay motivated to reach my goal of getting out of debt”

A Story of Empowerment and Financial Literacy

Grace’s story is a testament to the transformative impact of comprehensive debt management and financial education, especially for individuals in noble but modestly compensated professions like teaching. ACCC’s role in Grace’s journey highlights the organization’s commitment to empowering individuals through personalized debt solutions and the promotion of financial literacy.

By sharing her story, Grace hopes to inspire others who find themselves in similar situations, emphasizing that with the right support and actionable information, achieving financial stability is within reach, regardless of one’s profession or income level.

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.