If you are considering debt consolidation or consumer credit counseling agencies for credit help, start by getting your act together. Organize your finances and do your research. You will begin to learn the skills you need to fix your money problems and avoid getting in this situation again. Your active participation is key in the success of your financial future.
Visit a credit counselor. There are credit counseling companies who help consumers by offering debt reduction plans to tackle debt. An advisor will work with you to lay out a plan to repay your loans. The counselor will negotiate with lenders on your behalf for the lower rate which, in turn, will reduce your monthly payments as well as keep your credit rating intact. Read the fine print to make sure you understand any fees involved; make sure that your credit rating is not adversely affected too.
Credit counseling is all about you and your financial situation. Make sure to ask the credit counseling organization about what type of customer service they provide. Credit counseling organizations should have someone available for you to talk to during all business hours of the day. Be sure to ask about counseling fees and the type of management and education programs they have in place.
Use cash as much as possible. Paying with cash has a more significant psychological impact than plastic. It feels like you’re spending more money so you spend less.
If you want something, save for it and then buy it. You should only finance items that are absolute necessities (home and car). Don’t finance furniture, small appliances or vacations. If you can’t afford to pay cash for it–you can’t afford it! Also, paying cash for items is a safe way to avoid any financial errors and bank fees. If you only take $50 to the store, that’s all you can spend.
When paying down debt remember: Minimum payments lead to the maximum amount of money paid over time. Paying more than the minimum applies more money to the balance, which decreases the amount of money you will end up paying overall.
If you are going to use any settlement companies be sure that they are registered members of the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and that they have little to no complaints. And if there are any complaints make sure then were resolved to the clients liking.
Chronic spending and debt can be a harmful habit, just like alcoholism or any other addiction. Consult a professional and/or Debtors Anonymous if you feel you might have a problem.
DMCC is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization committed to educating consumers on financial issues and providing personal assistance to consumers who have become overextended with debt. Education is provided free of charge to consumers, as well as personal counseling to identify the best options for the repayment of their debt. To speak to a certified credit counselor, call toll-free 866-618-3328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.