PostHeaderIcon is it better to pay off your credit cards with a debt consolidation or just pay it off yourself?


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especially if you dont’ have the money to pay off the monthly balance? i have $8,000 worth of credit card debt and not sure if it was a good idea to get a debt consolidation loan to pay 3 of ‘em.

10 Responses to “is it better to pay off your credit cards with a debt consolidation or just pay it off yourself?”

  • golferwhoworks says:

    as long as it is a fixed rate heck yes as you have a begining and an end. when you look at revolving cards very little goes to the principal

  • Julia says:

    Debt consolidation affects your credit; you are marked as a “slow pay” and your credit rating goes down. If you can manage to pay them yourself, even if it takes a long time, that’s the better way to go about it.
    If you don’t have the money for the minimum payment every month, then maybe debt consolidation will work out for you, because not making the payment will mess up your credit also. But cut up your credit cards and don’t get new ones, so you don’t go through this again in the future.

  • bestboi_98 says:

    consolidation because it makes it less stressfull

  • chatsplas@sbcglobal.net says:

    depends on the fees they charge
    are you increasing or decreasing your debt
    do they do any renegotiation

    the only way to get out of debt is to STOP using credit, and pay every month, double or triple the minimum charges. . . .slow but sure you will eliminate the debt

  • ashanabu says:

    My favorite financial advisor is Dave Ramsey. He has baby steps you follow to get out of debt. I think you just need to be wary of any scams or fees. Otherwise pay them off yourself smallest to largest. Check out his site and you can even listen to his shows. http://www.daveramsey.com/radio/home/

    He’ll tell you if its a good idea or not.

    Good luck.

  • Ms M says:

    If you CAN pay it off yourself, that’s great. If it would take light years, you might just look into a credit counseling agency. They can negotiate away part of your debt for you as well, which will make the job a little easier. Try http://www.womenindebt.info. Good luck!

  • Mr Met says:

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  • frugaldad08 says:

    Keep your head up–you can do this yourself! The debt probably wasn’t created overnight, and it is going to take some time to work through to pay it off. Here a couple of quick tips for getting out of debt, and staying out:

    1. Stop charging
    2. Pay debts off smallest to largest, regardless of interest rate
    3. Divide credit card minimum payments in half and pay that amount twice a month.
    4. Make micro payments (commonly referred to as snowflakes) any time you receive extra money.
    5. Don’t waste time with balance transfers, unless you owe more than $10k.
    6. Find part-time work.
    7. Close out your newest accounts as you pay them off.
    8. Get angry! Make debt repayment your top financial priority and focus all your energy on getting out.

  • arch0049 says:

    Yourself, those consolidation places are businesses. All businesses exist to make money. They tell you to stop paying the cards and instead pay them, they hold your money. The idea is that by withholding payment from the banks your cards are issued from, the consolidator can make the banks desperate. But, here is the issue – BY NOT PAYING BANKS YOU HAVE TRASHED YOUR CREDIT.

    Further, the debt consolidator will pocket a portion of your payments and gain interest off of it. WHY PAY A MIDDLE MAN.

    1 – Your credit gets trashed. So, even if you have paid off the debts – it will be on your history for 7 years that you were unable to make payments on time. The consolidation companies conveniently forgot to mention this in their commercials.
    2 – you still end up paying back all of the debt, usually over a longer period of time.
    3 – the company gets free interest accruals while holding your cash.

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi,
    I used “Credit Solution” to settle my debt and avoid bankruptcy.They managed to reduce my debt up to 58%.I came across this company on NBC News Special Edition.Check it out here:
    http://urlhawk.com/29x

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