Tips To Help You Reduce Debts
Recent studies have shown the average American is about $10,000 in debt. Because of this, many people are looking for ways to consolidate their debts. It is not always an easy task to find ways to get your debt consolidated, but it is possible. Often, it can be important to consolidate debts because doing so can help your financial future become a bit brighter. It also helps you in short-term financial ways as well. The following are a few tips that can help you consolidate your debts to help improve your financial picture.
Seek Lower Interest Credit Cards
If you have debt that is on high interest credit cards, you may want to consider consolidating those debts onto low interest credit cards. There are various credit cards where you can transfer the high interest balance to one card. These cards offer low interest rates and some that even offer zero percent interest for a selected portion of time. Why keep paying those higher interest rates. You can get a lower interest credit card and save yourself much money each year.
Use the Equity in Your Home
One avenue for consolidating debts that many people forget is using the equity that they have in their home. If you own your own home, you may be eligible to get a home equity loan. In addition, you can apply for a line of credit to help you consolidate those high interest debts that you may have. It is important that you always keep current on your monthly payments to avoid losing your home.
Debt Consolidation Loans
Another way that you can consolidate debts is by taking out a debt consolidation loan. You would find these loans suitable if you have too much debt, and you find it tough meeting the monthly payments. Also, if you shop around you should get a break on the interest rate. That alone could reduce your monthly payments. Once you reduce your payments, you get out of debt much quicker than you could by paying off individual debts each month.
Try to Settle Your Debts
If you are desperate for a solution, try calling your creditors. Some creditors would be glad to help you continue paying, even a small amount. But don’t be fooled. It is in their best interest to motivate you to keep paying. So if you have the will to clear all your debts, you can most likely settle with your creditors. Remember you will need to contact all your creditors for this to work. Having one or two on board and not the other four can derail your plans with the first two creditors. Of course, there are other ways you can do this. Just use your imagination.
Refinance Your Home
You can also consolidate your debts by refinancing your home. By refinancing your home at a lower interest you can free up some cash. You can use the extra money to pay off some of your high interest debts.
If you’re considering using debt settlement to help you pay off your credit cards, here are 5 tips to help you decide on a company to help you.
Keep in mind that hiring a debt settlement company is no different than hiring any business to perform a service for you – so make sure you find the one that fits your needs the best. Not all debt settlement companies are the same. Like with any industry, there are good ones, and there are the rest.
Unfortunately, when it comes to settling credit card debts, you often hear more stories about people who complain than those who receive good service (and there are many).
How do you determine which settlement company will offer you the best service?
When hiring a settlement company, you should contact at least 2-3 different businesses and compare the services and terms they offer. Not only will you find the best company to represent you, but you will learn a lot about how debt settlement works, and how it can help you.
Check with the BBB
While not everyone with a complaint contacts the Better Business Bureau (so a clean record may be misleading) if there are several unresolved complaints, that is a “red flag” to find out why there are unhappy customers. If the complaints have been resolved, that is a good sign that the debt settlement company offers good customer service. You can search for company records online at www.BBB.org.
While debt settlement is a confidential process, and therefore you may not find many companies willing to give out names of happy customers, it is worth asking. Talking to a former customer will tell you more about a company than any brochure or website.
Get all the details in writing first
This is an absolute MUST – you should never agree to anything, sign any paperwork, or send in any money until you get all the terms and conditions in writing. A written contract will help you understand what service you should receive, how much it will cost you, and protect you if an issue comes up.
Ask lots of questions
If you have any questions (and the more settlement companies you talk to, the more questions you will have) make sure to ask them – and get the answers you want. If a company is not willing to take the time to answer your questions now, how will they respond to you once you become a client and your money is at stake?
Bottom line, it is your responsibility to “do your homework” and research the best company to help you settle your debts.
If you take the time and effort to find the company that will fit your needs the best – just like you would when hiring any professional – you will greatly reduce the chances of a major problem occurring.
These are just a few tips that can help you to consolidate your debts. Remember to weigh your choices carefully. Choose the one that gives you extra cash and some breathing room, in that order.