The three-legged stool is a metaphor that retirement planners use to describe the three most common sources of income for retirees. At one point in time, the three legs referred to Social Security, pension and personal savings — the multiple sources of income generally needed to achieve a financially secure retirement.
Personal debt problems can arise from numerous circumstances, including health crises, theft, property damage, or loss of income. These situations are beyond the debtor’s control and arise through no fault of his or her own. But in other cases, it’s our own purchasing decisions that contribute to amassing a burdensome amount of debt, and it’s entirely avoidable.