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Are you falling into a debt trap?

The dangers of debtTake this quiz to find out if you are controlling your spending, or if your spending is controlling you.

The consequences of compulsive buying can be more than an empty wallet and a bank account that hovers near zero -- it could affect your work life, your marriage and your relationships with friends and family.

Know your debt danger signals
Take our test to see how vulnerable you are to falling into a debt trap.
    Yes No
1. Do you know your checking and savings account balances?
2. Do you borrow small change and forget to repay it?
3. Are you setting money aside for taxes and retirement?
4. Can you pass up a 'bargain' when you shop?
5. Do you have difficulty in meeting basic financial or personal obligations?
6. Do you get a different feeling when buying things on credit rather than paying cash?
7. Do money issues create chaos in your life?
8. Are you living on the edge financially?
9. Does money talk embarrass you?
10. Are you overworking or under-earning?
Sources: Debtors Anonymous and Bankrate.com

 

 

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-- Posted: Aug. 21, 2000

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