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Paying Off Holiday Debt

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Yakima, WASH.--The rush of the holiday season has come and gone. Now, we're left with the messy aftermath, paying the bills.

Credit counselors said a lot of people are overwhelmed by their holiday debt. People can get help by visiting financial services like Apprisen.

Counselors will look at your complete budget, compare income to debt and then either find you some relief through lower interest rates or lower payment amounts.

Apprisen said counselors typically help 20 to 30 individuals a week, but they expect those numbers to double by next week.

"As the holiday season starts people kind of take vacations, and they put their finances on hold," said Brandon Jones, the Division Manager of Apprisen in Yakima. "Then January hits and they're like okay, resolutions and all of the things that go along with that. Now it's time to look at our finances seriously."

Jones said credit counseling services will also help people put together a comprehensive budget so they don't run into this problem again next year.

Jones said if you can find ways to cut back $50 here and there you'll have a little more cushion for when these big bills do roll around.