Real Stories Ep 47: Jesse Flips his Financial Script

  • January 15, 2024
  • By: Chris Dlugozima
  • Chris is a Learning Experience Designer at GreenPath Financial Wellness, where he’s been since the beginning of the millennium. Using creativity and a sense of humor, he provides people with the tools and knowledge to navigate their lives when it comes to their money.
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A year into a promising new career path, Jesse was unprepared to lose his job. He found himself relying on his cards for basic living expenses and rent as his credit debt accumulated. He was optimistic that he could make things work with freelancing, but the income wasn’t sustainable.

As he considered options to tackle his debt–amidst mounting anxiety–he decided to take out a consolidation loan. Ultimately, he found himself owing on both the consolidation loan and credit cards.

Jesse was determined to address his debt and found his way to GreenPath, where he enrolled in a Debt Management Program. Today, with his program complete, he looks forward to buying a modest home and being better prepared for the next financial emergency.

Key Moments

2:04 Jesse recalls his rural upbringing and how his career started.

6:41 He discusses the impact of his job loss on his finances and peace of mind.

10:57 Jesse considers different options to better manage his debt including bankruptcy.

12:39 He takes out a consolidation loan but his credit card debt accumulates still.

15:54 He reaches out to GreenPath and enrolls on a Debt Management Program.

20:02 Jesse talks about the importance of patience as his debt repayment program progressed.

22:26 He talks about the value of family support as he navigated his debt.

27:07 Jesse reacts to completing his Debt Management Program.

30:28 He shares his upcoming financial goals, including buying a home.

32:22 He explains what inspired him to share his story.

34:12 Jesse encourages others to reach out to someone you know if you are struggling with your money.

36:32 Our co-hosts reflect on Jessie’s story and share practical tips.

Chris Dlugozima
ABOUT THE HOST

Chris Dlugozima

Chris is a Learning Experience Designer at GreenPath Financial Wellness, where he’s been since the beginning of the millennium. Using creativity and a sense of humor, he provides people with the tools and knowledge to navigate their lives when it comes to their money.

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Chris Dlugozima
Chris Dlugozima

Chris is a Learning Experience Designer at GreenPath Financial Wellness, where he’s been since the beginning of the millennium. Using creativity and a sense of humor, he provides people with the tools and knowledge to navigate their lives when it comes to their money.