I am sick of being bombarded buy constant radio and TV advertisements flogging financial help for high priced fees. There are plenty of reputable, independent places where you can get similar financial help completely free. Here are some of the places where you can access financial help for free:
(1) Financial Counsellor
Financial counsellors are completely free. They provide an independent and confidential service. They can help you with a range of issues such as:
- Helping you to look at different ways to improve your financial situation eg. budgeting
- Check your eligibility for government payments/programs
- Negotiating your debts with those that you owe money to, including banks
- House eviction, rent arrears, disconnections of services such as electricity or gas
- They can talk to you about debt, bankruptcy and other alternatives
- Help you deal with debt collectors and fines
Financial Counsellors deal with a range of issues and are completely free. To find on in your area click here. Or if you wish to talk to a financial counsellor on the phone you can call 1800 007 007 (9.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday).
If you are having trouble with your electricity provider or telecom company, then maybe you should give the relevant Ombudsman a call. Their service is completely free and Ombudsmen cover areas such as electricity/gas/water, telecoms, superannuation, credit and financial services including the banks. Sometimes just mentioning the word ombudsman can make things happen – so mention it next time you are on the phone when you are dealing with an unhelpful employee of your bank, telecom or electricity company. You might be surprised how their attitude changes.
(3) A Financial Planner If You Are The Member of An Industry Superannuation Fund
Most Industry funds offer their superannuation members access to a free financial planner. Obviously, the planner is paid for by your superannuation fund so keep that in mind when you are talking to them. But certainly they will be able to help you sort out your superannuation, explain their fees and make sure you are accessing the right option for you. Contact your industry fund and see if they offer this service and find out how you access it.
(4) Credit and Debt Services
There are many free debt and credit services out there that can help you. Some of them include:
o New South Wales – Consumer Credit Legal Centre 1800 808 488
o Western Australia – Consumer Credit Legal Service 08 9221 7066
(5) MoneyMinded Online*
MoneyMinded Online is a free online financial education program which can improve your financial skills in areas such as budgeting, saving, debt and credit. Whatever your level of financial skills you will definitely improve them through doing the 8 units of interactive activities. It’s fun and free!!! Nothing better!!! So to sign up for your free financial skills course click here.
So if you are in the market for some financial help you could see if some of these sources could be of assistance first before parting with your hard earned cash.
*I just wanted to let you know, in my life outside bloggy land I am a part of the MoneyMinded program. I train social workers in the MoneyMinded program, so they can help their clients work through their financial issues. It is a fantastic program and something I am super passionate about. This post was not sponsored by MoneyMinded and all views are my own.
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The information contained in this post is general in nature and does not constitute financial advice. Please see your financial advisor for advice specific to your individual circumstances.