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The Pros & Cons Of Any Debt Consolidation Solution

Aug 18, 2007
Some people find that over time they have built up more debt than they may repay, when that happens there is a reinforcing downward spiral, the inability to pay off the debt leads to extra interest charges and penalties, making it still more difficult to pay back the amount owed.

One common recommendation for ceasing this vicious circle is to use an appropriate debt consolidation program, for many thousands this has seemed like the way out, the method back to financial health, nonetheless there are good points and bad points to any debt consolidation solution, no matter what process it takes, being aware of those will help you choose if it's the salvation in your particular situation.

Firstly, what is debt consolidation?

It's the process of gathering all your various sources of debt into one debt and pay one repayment every month to a single debtor, nonetheless for that to be helpful several items have to eventuate at one time, as a result whether you pay $250 + $150 + $35 to three debtors or $435 to another it is the same total amount, with online bill re-payment it is not even necessary these days to pay out three checks so you aren't even saving on postage stamps!

Points to give thought to when considering any debt consolidation help, because in order for any debt consolidation to be useful one or more of the following must occur:

(1) either the complete monthly debt repayment needs to decrease, or

(2) the net total amount of interest applied to the debt has to decrease, or

(3) the actual gross total debt has to reduce following debt consolidation.

Which, if any of these occur depends on the specific debt consolidation solution you have planned.

In the perfect world, which rarely happens all three eventuate, nonetheless the highest common scenario is that the monthly repayment is lowered, this has several advantages to the debt ridden, when the repayment is lowered, you've a better chance of being able to pay your monthly repayment, that helps prevent piling up more debt including interest and any late charges onto the existing debt, you additionally have a much more relaxed frame of mind, knowing you can meet the monthly debt obligation without sacrificing other needed things.

Alas, many plans lower that repayment by extending the period of the loan long enough to cover paying off the whole original total amount owed, that contributes to more interest paid over the long term, that is fair to the lender, since you do owe the dollars, nevertheless many may settle for less if they have beneficial reasons to believe they may genuinely be re-paid, attempt to negotiate a lower total settlement of the debt, then regularly make the agreed re-payment every month when required.

The concern here is, that if the re-payment is too low, some of the psychological factors that led to excessive debt in the initial place can rise again in the future, thinking you've lots of spare cash can cause you to relax too much too soon, nonetheless continual worry isn't normal.

Losing debt is the same as losing weight, consistency and commitment to lower it and keep it lower, is the key to long-term success and becoming debt free.
About the Author
Ian Wilkie is a published expert author of many Debt Consolidation Solution articles and owner of - My Debt Consolidation Solution your one-stop online resource for Free Debt Consolidation Quote.
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