A lot in life seems to be about money. One cannot live comfortably without it, and some cannot even live comfortably with it. Most Michigan residents work hard to make ends meet. Many of them still end up taking on debt with the assumption that they will pay it off eventually. The truth is, this attitude toward debt has made people a slave to it.

It was recently reported that 50% of millennials have an average of $36,000 in debt. At least 20% of these individuals believe that they will never be in a position to pay it off. People keep taking on debt while not paying down what they already owe. This has created a cycle of debt that is tough to break.

There are only two things that people can do to improve their debt situations. First, they can set and stick to a budget. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Unexpected expenses do come up, but for the most part, those who set a reasonable budget can, with effort, stick to it.

Second, they can pursue debt relief with the assistance of legal counsel. There are several debt relief options out there and available to those who are struggling to keep their finances in check. Bankruptcy, loan modification and debt consolidation are the most commonly used programs. All can work to make the debt more manageable, just in different ways.

Being a slave to debt is no way to live, yet numerous Michigan residents do live this way. Those who are ready to break the bonds of debt and better their financial positions can seek help in doing so. An experienced bankruptcy attorney can take a detailed look at one’s monetary state and offer guidance and any necessary assistance with resolving the issue as quickly as possible.