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Will Debt Consolidation Work for You?

Jul 3, 2008
If you are asking yourself the question: does debt consolidation work? Then you are probably in a position right now, where consolidating your debt is something you have been seriously considering. There is also a chance that you have heard that consolidating debt may in fact be bad for your credit score. If these are concerns you have, then you should read the rest of this article.

- How Debt Consolidation Works:

Debt consolidation is very easy to understand. Basically take all of your monthly payments, specifically credit cards, student loans or other store credit cards. Now imagine that there was a lower monthly payment you could make to pay all of those debts down every month. That is the idea behind debt consolidation. So on paper, this certainly sounds like a great option. But is it right for you?

- Credit Card Transfers and Home Equity Loans:

There are two major ways to consolidate your debt. The first involves taking all your credit cards and transferring them to a promotional credit card offer that allows transfers for a lower APR (annual percentage rate). This will allow you to have one low payment and will also allow you to pay off more of your debt every month because you will be paying lower interest. This could be a great option, but keep in mind that you will need a pretty good credit score to have this option available.

The other way is through a second mortgage or home equity loan. This option is only offered to those with equity and those with a home. This can be a great decision if you have equity in your home and are willing to do the homework to make sure this is the right decision for you. Those two ways to consolidate debt really do work and should seriously be considered when asking yourself whether debt consolidation is a good option.

- Bad Debt Consolidation?

Some debt consolidation, like going to a debt consolidation company, may at first hurt your credit score. But ultimately this will allow you to pay off your debts quicker and will ultimately lead to an increase in your credit score. This option is great if you have poor credit and wish to consolidate your debt. However, if you can pay off your credit cards in a reasonable amount of time, say within the next two years, then a debt consolidation company may not be the best option.

- Does Debt Consolidation Work?

The answer is that debt consolidation really does work. All of the options are usually going to be better then keeping your debt in small piles in high interest accounts. Do yourself a favor and start consolidating your debt as soon as possible. You will be glad you did.
About the Author
Seth Daugherty has a B.S. in Instructional Technology and is currently getting his masters degree in
library and information science. For more information on Debt Consolidation go to DebtConsolidationDirect.Info
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