Dealing with Financial Stress Arlington VA

When financial stress in Arlington is too much to bear, you should seek help. Simply talking to a trusted friend or family member will allow you to get some things off your chest. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, consider joining a support group or getting counseling. Your local mental health authority can help.

Claire Emory
Clarity Financial Planning
(703) 465-5116
1655 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 700
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MA, MBA

Jeffrey Zures
Sanchez & Zures, LLC
(703) 349-0330
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Scott Walker
Alexandria Financial Associates, LLC
(703) 671-5959
4900 Seminary Road, Suite 105
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Paul Cocozza
Cocozza Financial Planning, Ltd.
(703) 276-1243
3400 21st Avenue North
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning, Real Estate Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Mark Helm
Helm Financial Advisors, LLC
(703) 501-8531
712 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Lisa Kirchenbauer
Omega Wealth Management, LLC
(703) 387-0919
200 North Glebe Road, Suite 812
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Marjorie Burnett
MAB Financial Planning
(703) 528-3205
2739 N. Radford Street
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, JD

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(202) 448-9032
1425 K St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thomas Conway
Connemara Fee Only Planning, LLC
(301) 998-6595
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - 7th Floor
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Timothy Wesling
Wesling Financial Planning Services Corp.
(703) 535-8280
101 N. Columbus Street, Suite 402
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CDFA, CFP®, CMFC

Dealing with Financial Stress

Stress can take a toll on our lives and health. During these tumultuous economic times financial stress is particularly bothersome. While cutting corners never hurt anyone, juggling bills and doing without necessities harms both our physical and mental health.

Stress contributes to health problems, including insomnia, depression and anxiety. If that isn’t enough, financial problems may prevent sufferers from getting proper treatment. They may beat themselves up mentally for allowing things to spiral out of control. But that frame of mind can only make things worse. Instead, a more productive use of your energy is to develop a way to get out of debt. Here are some things you can do to prevent or reduce financial stress:

  • Make a budget and stick to it. Start out with bills and necessities such as food and transportation. Put aside some money for unexpected expenses such as medical bills and car repairs, and reserve a small amount for entertainment. Put all of the money that is left over toward paying off your debts, starting with the one with the highest interest rate.
  • Become a penny pincher. Scour the sale papers for the best deals on groceries and other necessities, and seek out coupons for the things you buy. Join the frequent shopper club at every store you visit to take advantage of special deals.
  • Learn to have fun without spending a lot of money. Instead of going out to dinner and a movie, eat in and rent a DVD to watch with your spouse or family. Check your local paper for free events such as concerts. Rediscover the simple (and free) pleasures in life, such as taking a walk around the block and throwing a frisbee in the back yard with the kids.
  • Keep your credit cards out of sight and out of mind. Avoid using them except in the case of a true emergency, where there is no other option.
  • Getting Help

    When financial stress is too much to bear, you should seek help. Simply talking to a trusted friend or family member will allow you to get some things off your chest. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, consider joining a support group or getting counseling. Your local mental health authority can help you find counseling that you can afford.

    If budgeting is your problem, credit counseling could be the answer. Also, see my article on creating a household budget . Credit counseling agencies will often help you set up a budget and learn effective money management for free. If that doesn’t solve your problems, your counselor might be able to set up a debt management plan for you. This involves negotiating lower payments and interest rates on unsecured debt, allowing you to pay it off more quickly and still have money left over each month.

    Financial stress can be devastating for you and your family. Learning to cope and taking control of your finances can help you get your life back on track.

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