Dave says, "Personal finance is 80% behavior and only 20% head knowledge." Even though your choices landed you in a pile of debt, you have the power to work your way out! The solution isn’t a quick fix, and it won’t come in the form of a better interest rate, another loan, or debt settlement. The solution requires you to roll up your sleeves, make a plan for your money, and take action! But let’s be honest: Your interest rate isn’t the main problem. This specifically applies to consolidating debt through credit card balance transfers.
No longer will you have to worry about paying off several debts at once, each with a different lender and a different interest rate, with a debt consolidation loan, all of your debt is in one place.
Our loan search tool makes applying for a debt consolidation loan easy, but there's a few things you should always bear in mind.
If that’s not bad enough, you’ll end up shelling out $46,080 to pay off the new loan versus $40,392 for the original loans—even with the lower interest rate of 9%.
This means your "lower payment" has cost $5,688 more.
Debt settlement companies also charge a fee for their "service." Most of the time, settlement fees cost between $1,500 to $3,500.
Fraudulent debt settlement companies often tell customers to stop making payments on their debts and instead pay the company.In fact, you end up paying more and staying in debt longer because of so-called consolidation.Get the facts before you consolidate or work with a settlement company.You don’t need to consolidate your bills—you need to delete them.To do that, you have to change the way you view debt!Most of the time, after someone consolidates their debt, the debt grows back. They don’t have a game plan to pay cash and spend less.