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Debt Consolidation Loans and You

Jul 23, 2008
One of the most upsetting circumstances in a persons' life is finding yourself weighed down with debit to the point where you feel you'll never get it paid off. Recent reports have shown that the number one issue in distressed marriages is money, and the number one money issue is too much debit. Frequently, marriage counseling professionals find themselves becoming talented financial advisers due simply to the amount of experience they have to the issue.

When visiting a debit councilor, expect to be stuffed with questions about your financial situation. They will attempt to find out all your debits, your income, your spending habits, you savings, and compile a comprehensive picture of your financial situation. If you're not straightforward with them at this stage in the curriculum, you will never see the results you're looking for as their plan for a debit consolidation loan will be based un unworkable income, debits, or both.

Once all these data are on the table and the debit councilor can make some basic calculations, they will tell you what your total repayment amount will be, including interest, and how many years it will take you to complete it. They will look at where you're spending your money, and find ways to simplify your expenditures so you can focus some more of your income on paying down your debit. They'll also look at some debit consolidation loan programs to find out if you would benefit from them or not.

In some cases, a debit consolidation loan isn't the best answer and will be more expensive than simply paying off the debit as it currently stands. This is often the case with secured debit that has a comparatively low interest rate. The only benefit a debit consolidation loan will offer in this circumstance is one lender to whom you must submit payments, and with related fees, a debit consolidation loan may even cost you more than your current condition.

However, if the debt counselor believes that you may benefit from a debit consolidation loan, he or she will begin talking to all the companies that you owe money to in an effort to negotiate a decreased payoff amount. A good debit consolidation loan councilor will pass some of these savings on to you, so work directly with them at this point to capitalize on your benefit.

As a side note, anticipate that the credit card companies may offer lower APRs if you keep your balance with them. They're making money off the interest that you pay, so it is in their best interest to keep your balance on their accounts. If you do want to keep any of your credit card balances, make the most of this opportunity.

Now, if you come to a decision to keep some of your balance with a credit card company instead of wholly utilizing a debit consolidation loan, you need to make sure that everything they agree to is in writing. Many credit card companies and debit collectors are somewhat corrupt and will be happy to get in you in worse difficulty than when you began.

There is much to think about before you make a decision about how you are going to solve your debt problems. A debit consolidation loan may be the right answer, but nothing will change down the road unless you learn to live within your means.
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