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Are nearby some drawbacks in the direction of debt consolidation?

Are nearby some drawbacks in the direction of debt consolidation?

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5 Responses to "Are nearby some drawbacks in the direction of debt consolidation?"

  1. CatDad says:
    “Debt consolidation” can refer to two completely different things: The first is getting a loan to pay off all debts to consolidate your bills into one lower payment. If you do this, go through a local bank that you know and trust. Stay away from online firms. You need to have good credit to get this type of loan. Many people who get debt consolidation loans quickly find themselves in twice as much debt as when they started….because it’s simply too tempting to start using all that newly available credit that was paid by the consolidation loan. If you get this type of loan, contact your credit card companies and request voluntary credit limit reductions to under $1,000 to avoid this temptation.

    Debt consolidation also refers to a risky practice of debt settlement: deliberately defaulting on your credit cards to try to force your creditors to settle for less.

    Stay away from any “debt consolidation” company that promises to cut your debt and payments in half through debt settlement….This is a risky tactic of deliberately ceasing all payments to creditors and forcing your accounts into default to attempt settlements. You pay a monthly fee to a debt consolidator….this entire fee goes towards building a settlement account and to the consolidator’s fees to “settle” your accounts in the future. Your credit card companies will deliberately not be paid so that all the accounts will default/charge-off so that they can attempt settlements at around 50%. If you are current on your accounts, this process will ruin your credit rating for sure. Debt settlement is like a roll off the dice with your finances…You can never predict how your creditors will respond to the deliberate defaulting of your accounts…they might settle at 50%…or they might serve you a summons, take you to court…and if they win, you could be looking at wage garnishment.

    Many people who sign up with “debt consolidation” firms incorrectly assume that they have the power to force your creditors to accept settlements…they don’t. Your creditors have the right to refuse settlements and take you to court.

    See this as an example of what can go wrong with debt settlement:

  2. Scott says:
    I’m guessing that you’re looking for the negative effects of debt consolidation. Well, yeah, it’s not free from cons; I’ve listed some of its drawbacks below.

    If you’re not a good money manager, you may get into further debt since it’d reduce your monthly payments, prompting you to increase your credit card uses.

    Debt consolidation loans normally have longer payment period, i.e. you’d be investing more time in getting rid of your loans than required.

    Since it’d take a longer period to repay the consolidated loan, it would cost you more over the time even when the rate of interest is low.

    Next, and most importantly, consolidation loans are secured loans, i.e. you’d actually be turning unsecured loans to secured loans and hence if you default, you may end up losing your assets.

  3. Jeanne R says:
    Please do not consolidate or use a debt reduction company . It is not free, they will lower your payments by increasing the length of time until you are debt free, and you will take a hit on your credit score. Or they negotiate your debt down after telling you not to pay for awhile adding another hit to your credit score. Student loans are the only debt that can garnish your wages for non payment without taking you to court first. Just list them out on a piece of paper or a spreadsheet and follow the plan. If you work the plan, the plan will work for you.

    A. Have a garage sale and sell anything that you no longer need or want.

    B.Get a temporary part time job, if you have one, get another.

    Here is a plan that can help you. If you work the plan, the plan will work for you:
    1. Make a budget. Make the budget a week before you get paid. A budget is not a punishment! It is a tool which will free you from ever having to worry about money again. Put everything in your budget. Especially those annual, biannual, or quarterly bills like car registration, insurance, etc. Give every dollar you are going to bring home the name of where it is going. Add an “emergency fund” category to your budget for 25 dollars and save up until you have 1000-1250 dollars. Your emergency fund will help keep you from getting into new debt because of an emergency. If you can, set up a direct transfer to a savings account for your emergency fund. That way it moves automatically and you don’t even have to worry about it. You must cut your spending and live on less than you make.

    2.First get current on all of you debts and make no more late payments. Stop using your credit cards immediately. Do not take on any more debt. Credit cards are like quicksand only the death is much slower. Make a list of all of your debts in order of highest interest rate to lowest interest. Use cash only for your spending from now on.

    3.Pay the minimum due on all of your debts and then put your extra money towards paying off the highest interest one first. After you get that one paid off, you put the money you were paying on debt #1 (the minimum payment and the extra payment) towards debt #2. That will pay debt #2 off faster. When that is paid off, you put all three payments towards card #3 and that one will be paid off pretty quickly. As an example:

    To start :
    Debt #1 (highest interest): minimum payment+ extra payment
    Debt #2 (middle interest): minimum payment
    Debt #3(lowest interest): minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: minimum payment from Debt #1+ Minimum payment from Debt #2 +extra payment
    Debt #3: minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: paid off
    Debt #3:Minimum payment from card #1+ minimum payment from Debt #2+ minimum payment from Debt #3+ extra payment.

    That way, you will get them all paid off, on time, and pay the least interest. It will also help towards rebuilding your credit since you will no longer have any late payments. This works no matter how many different debts you may have.

    4. After you get all of your debts paid off, add to your emergency fund until you have 6-12 months of income saved up. Put that emergency fund money into a liquid money market fund or into a Bank of America no-risk CD so that if you need the money you can take it out without penalty.

    5a. When you have your emergency fund in place, add a category for “fun” to your budget. Save for a holiday, a vacation, a big screen, or dinners out, whatever goal you want. Remember to enjoy your life.

    5b. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your retirement. Join the 401(k) plan at work and contribute the maximum. Your employer probably matches at least part of your contribution so why give up free money? Open a Roth IRA and contribute the maximum on a monthly basis. If you start saving for your retirement now, you will probably retire a millionaire.

    5c. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your next car. Only buy cars, or other things that depreciate, with cash. Save up for a nicer car. That way you get the interest instead of paying the interest.

    You can do it and it isn’t as hard as you think. Just follow the plan.

  4. Mia Jacob says:
    Unfortunately, a Debt Consolidation Loan is one of the most common solutions people think of when they fall into financial difficulties. This is a problem because most people who get a debt consolidation loan find themselves in much deeper financial trouble than they were in to begin with.

    Debt consolidation loans transfer debt from one place to another. While this may sound good, since many times it can appear to lower your monthly payments, a debt consolidation loan will not reduce the amount you owe.

    You will still pay back 100% of the debt consolidation loan, plus interest. The interest rate is sometimes lower than before, but this is because debt consolidation loans are usually secured loans that cannot be lowered or negotiated. Once you sign up for a debt consolidation loan, you have just gone from an unsecured debt to a secured debt and have put your personal assets (e.g. your car or home) at risk. At that point if you can’t pay your bills your creditors can come and take your personal property – thus creating a bigger problem than you had to begin with.

    Debt consolidation is right for some people, especially those that are not at risk of falling behind on their new consolidation loan and who have the discipline not to charge back up the credit cards that now have empty balances and available credit. However, if you are struggling to make your payments, you should consider debt reduction, not debt consolidation. This way you are dealing directly with the problem, not temporarily avoiding debt problems.

  5. Johanne C says:
    What kind of debt are you consolidating? Student loans? credit cards?

    If you’re referring to credit card debt consolidation, what this means is that you are merging your various high-interest credit card balances into a single account. This makes paying your debt more manageable since you only need to make one payment each month.

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