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Consumer debt should not keep Tennesseans from retirement

Many older Tennessee residents often imagine what they would do with their time once they are retired. It can be a pleasurable future event to plan, but in some cases, significant consumer debt can lead to adults either putting off retirement or worrying about how they are going to support themselves when they do retire. Luckily there are ways to help alleviate some or all of a debt strain before reaching retirement.

First of all, avoid cosigning any loan agreements for adult children. Adult children can often come to parents when they need assistance in securing an apartment or when starting up their own business. However, if those loans are not taken care of in a timely manner, soon-to-be retirees can find themselves floundering to build back up their savings due to them being depleted by a child's loan.

Another way to prepare for retirement is to realize that some lifestyle changes may have to be made. Because retirement savings will likely be less than what an individual was used to living on while working, it is important to remember that certain expenses may have to be downsized. If a party fails to accommodate for a change in lifestyle, credit card debt could potentially become a serious issue.

Having consumer debt at any stage in life can be difficult to deal with. Therefore, it is important to handle significant debt as soon as possible. Retirement is supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable time in life, and worrying about debt payments can add unnecessary stress. Information on Tennessee laws dealing with debt management could help concerned individuals find themselves on the path that could lead them to a debt-free retirement.

Source: dailyfinance.com, 5 Types of Debt to Dump Before You Retire, Joanne Cleaver, March 15, 2014

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