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Is Credit Card Debt Consolidation Your Answer?

Mar 26, 2008
It may seem on the outset that having a credit card is the answer to your money woes and to some extent, if you know how to be a responsible credit card holder, it could really save you from your money problems once in awhile, especially for emergencies.

However, if we become addicted to swiping, we could very well end up paying our debts until our last breath and ending up with no savings at all because of all the payments we have to make.

In the end, credit cards can be the bane of our financial freedom if we get too attached to the momentary convenience of swiping.

Unpaid Bills, Mounting Debt
If you miss a single payment on your credit card bill, expect a sky-high penalty rate that will definitely add up to your regular monthly card bills.

Now if you keep this up you know what will happen next,
insurmountable credit card bills that keep piling up and before you know it you are in way over your head and you cannot go back. Consequently, you end up putting all your hard-earned cash to your monthly bills in the hopes that they will at least decrease as you make each payment.

However, you will notice that this is not the case because what you are actually paying for is only the interest that your credit card company slapped on you when you missed one payment.

It sounds a little harsh and cold, but that is the reality of owning credit cards.

Debt Consolidation
Financial institutions understand your dilemma and they are more than willing to sit down with you to discuss your options.

While this may sound promising and it may seem like Manna from Heaven, you have to remember that while you
are paying only one monthly bill for all your card bills once you have consolidated your debt, you could end up losing your home, your car or whatever else you put in as collateral once you miss your payments.

You should watch out for hidden charges as some financial institutions take advantage of your vulnerability and press you to immediately sign and agreement with them without fully explaining what is in it for you, especially the actual interest rates and other charges.

So unless you are sure that you can make this new payment and you are comfortable with the consolidated payment scheme, do not go into any agreement with debt consolidation companies.

While it does sound like it is the answer to your
problems, you can get more indebted if you cannot handle your payments.

The best way to check if debt consolidation will work for you is to thoroughly check your monthly income against your regular expenditures and see if you can afford the new payment plan.

Otherwise, you will just have to bear it and grin
until your debt is paid, the usual way. The hard way could also be a good lesson for you to never rely on your credit cards again to pay for emergencies or otherwise.
About the Author
Zulika van Heerden provides valuable information on her site on how to
live a debt free life.
To read more tips and techniques like the ones in this article go to: http://www.globalproperty.co.za
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