Consolidate Bills to Get Rid Of Credit Card Debt

by : Thomas Erikson

You may have been told that debt consolidation loans are a cure all for all debt problems. You may have been led to believe that taking out a single loan to pay off all of your debt is the answer. This is not always the case, however, because not all lenders have your best interest in mind. There are many things that you can do to help consolidate bills, and many different steps to take. If you currently own a home, and there is some equity in it that you can use, there are actually several low-cost options for you to consider, that are straightforward such as a simple debt consolidation loan.

1. You can take out a home equity loan. These home equity loans have the advantage of carrying interest rates which are relatively low, and the interest that you do pay on a home equity loan is actually tax deductible. A fixed rate loan, for example, generally carries a term of around 15 years, and will require an origination fee, an appraisal fee and a title insurance fee.

2. You can complete a "cash out" refinancing. This is another option for people who have some equity in their home. What you do, is you refinance your property for an amount which is greater than what you owe, then you use the extra cash that you have earned in order to consolidate bills. By using this method, you actually manage to obtain a very low interest rate, but in the process you are stretching your monthly payments out over a span of between fifteen and thirty years depending on the terms of your individual mortgage loan. This is really a one time ever option, however, because the interest cost really tends to add up over the years making it an expensive option over time.

3. You can refinance your vehicle. Any secured loan can be borrowed against, and this includes your vehicle. The biggest danger associated with this form of debt consolidation is that you may actually run out of car, before you end up running out of debt. When you owe more than what your car is worth, it is generally pretty tough to buy a new one.

4. You can obtain a personal loan. If your credit is reasonably undamaged, you may be able to qualify for a loan, which is unsecured. You will generally find lower interest rates at credit unions than what you will find at banks, but you should still expect an interest rate of at least 11 percent or more. Still, this can be a lot less than the 20-or-so percent that you are paying to your current credit card companies.

5. You can negotiate better terms. This is something that you can easily do for yourself, simply by calling your credit card issuers, and asking them to help you negotiate a better term. Many regular customer service operators are authorized to do what it takes to reduce your rates right there while you are on the phone with them.

6. You can seek other alternatives. There are a lot of people out there who would love to help you, including organizations like the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, also known as the NFCC. The NFCC has branches located all over the country. The NFCC is a not for profit organization which provides debt management advice which is free, confidential, and available to anyone in the country who needs it. It is even possible to consult with someone at NFCC over the phone. The actual creditors pay these debt consolidators, like NFCC,, which means that it is in their best interest to help you work out a plan for repayment, rather than advising you to take other options such as declaring bankruptcy. In certain cases, bankruptcy might be your best option, but it is by far not your only option.

You have many different options available to you to consolidate bills and put control back into your finances. Don't let your credit card debt affect you any longer. A debt consolidation loan will make your monthly payments manageable and help provide the financial stability you need for your family.