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How To Consolidate Your Debt Efficiently

Aug 17, 2007
Mortgage, cell phone, car payment, insurance, cable, household utilities and various other loans can all add up and be difficult to keep track of. Before you know it, you feel like you're doing nothing but paying bills and feeling like the items you own, own you. It's a cycle that never seems to end and only gets worse over time. One way to keep a cap on this is to consolidate your debt. There are a few ways you can manage your debts by consolidating them into one lump sum to save you money.

You can consolidate by using credit cards. The goal is to take all of the credit cards that are currently in your possession, and try and find the lowest interest rate between all of them. After you find the lowest issuer, try to transfer all of the balances over to one credit card. You will have one large balance, instead of ten semi-large ones, and you will also only have one payment to make a month.

You can also apply for a new card and make a transfer so that you only have two cards, with obviously two payoffs. However, be careful when applying for new cards. Too much credit can equal a lower rating for your credit score.

Another method you can use is a home equity loan. With this kind of loan you can borrow against the value of your home with a fixed amount of money for a standard period of time. Usually these loans will offer lower rates, lower payments, and their amounts can be tax deductible if you itemize. You may also choose to refinance your home and take out money in order to pay for some of your bills.

There is also another type of loan called a personal security loan. This loan can be tricky because the only thing that you are offering for a guarantee is yourself. These loans are more risky so it is likely that the loan will be more expensive, and you will be repaying on that loan for an average of 10 to 15 years. The personal loans can be harder to get if you have a substantial amount of debt.

You may seek counseling for your debt, but a credit counselor is not going to consolidate your debt, rather they will work out a feasible payment schedule for you to follow. You will make one payment to the credit agency and they will turn around and pay your bills. However, most do not offer this service for free, so make sure that you are unable to get your act together before enlisting the help of a professional.

Many people are now choosing the debt settlement route. This option is when you stop paying your bills and the creditors contact a debt settlement company instead of you. The debt settlement company will then try to negotiate with the creditors on your behalf, and they usually can reduce the amount of your balances (sometimes up to 50%). Many people find themselves debt free within two years of hiring one of these services.

When it comes to being in debt remember that you are not the first, nor the last person to be in a tight situation. Before debt totally consumes your life investigate some of the more common solutions to managing your finances. Try to find other people who may have gone through the same thing you are experiencing and see what they did to get themselves out of debt.
About the Author
Mike Selvon is the owner of various niche portals. Our credit repair portal is a great resource for more information on how to consolidate your debt. While you are there don't forget to claim your free gift.
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