Meet Sue and Edward, Consumers members who have benefited from the free financial counseling services Accel offers to all of our members. In three years, they’ve paid down $23,000 in debt—and they’ve only got a year left to go before they’ll have paid it all off!
Sue shares their story:
Our debt started accumulating when we bought a house. It was an older home in need of some work, and we didn’t have much left over after the purchase to put towards those improvements. Before we knew it, we were going to home improvement stores almost every day and putting it on our credit cards.
On top of that, we were planning our wedding, which we were paying for ourselves. Since all of our money was tied up in the house, we again turned to our credit cards to finance the cost.
By the time we had our first daughter, we knew we had to do something, but we weren’t sure where to turn for reputable help. When Consumers recommended Accel, we knew we’d found help we could trust.
Not only did Accel walk us through our budget, they negotiated with our credit card companies to lower our interest rates and better structure our debt to help us pay it off faster. We pay a set amount each month that gets divided up to cover that month’s payments.
The real benefits of Accel are having an advisor hold you accountable to your financial plan and being able to see the results. It seems like slow going at first, but after a few months, you can really see your progress, which motivates you to stick with it.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed in debt or just want advice on establishing a budget, we’re here to get you the help you need. Give us a call at 800.991.2221 or stop by one of our 14 offices to talk with a member service representative. You can also learn more about the services Accel makes available free of charge to all Consumers members on their website.