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The Benefits of Consolidating Debt

Sep 8, 2008
Debt is a big problem for millions of Americans and other citizens around the world. Debtors who are in exceptionally deep often die with bills unpaid, and the debt is passed on to their relatives. When credit first became available, it was nearly impossible for the average consumer to acquire a credit card. Nowadays, companies want people who have trouble paying their bills, because that means they will ultimately pay more interest, and that is how credit card companies make most of their money.

Therefore, they have targeted people who they know are high risk, and as the use of this tactic has increased, there has been a proportional rise in the number of debtors and the magnitude of debt. Due to the fact that debt has become such a monumental problem, businesses have been launched for the sole purpose of helping people get out of debt.

Many people do not realize how powerful a tool debt consolidation can be, and instead take alternative, more destructive paths like bankruptcy. Debt consolidation is exactly what it sounds like; taking all the individual pieces of debt you have and putting them together. In short, you take out a loan which pays off all of your other debts, leaving you with just one. While you may only be indebted to one company, that debt will be extremely large, as it is the culmination of everything else you owed.

Since your total amount of debt owed does not decrease with debt consolidation, what are the benefits of doing such a thing? For one, it takes off the stress of having so many bills to pay, and heavily reduces or even completely eliminates the number of collection calls you receive. Many debtors would find this benefit alone enough reason to consolidate their debt, but it gets better. After consolidation, you will have a lower interest rate to pay, meaning you save money over the long term. It is the interest that kills people (in some cases, literally), so a reduction in that key statistic is incredibly important.

Maintaining one's current standard of living is becoming exceedingly difficult with the rise in prices of fuel, food, and other necessities. Having to shell out a large portion of your income to pay off bills is no help at all. Being forced to do so has resulted in the foreclosure of thousands of properties across the nation. Consolidating your debt not only results in a lower interest rate, but also requires lower monthly payments. This means you can keep more money in your pocket for the month and use it for the things that really matter.

One's credit rating is an integral part of their financial background, and managing several different debts at once lowers your credit score dramatically. By taking out a debt consolidation loan and paying off all of your other bills at once, your credit score will immediately rise. You will be eligible for better deals from credit card companies, banks, and other financial institutions.

Debt consolidation is worthless if you cannot stick to a plan to repay that loan. If you are unable to pay off a debt consolidation loan, there is no option to take out another loan to pay off the original loan. Therefore, stay in control of your spending and, if necessary, destroy all your credit cards, so the temptation to overspend is nonexistent.
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