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					Debt Consolidation - Your Options And The Facts

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Summary:
Debt consolidation is becoming a very popular method to get debt under
control. Many people find themselves with numerous debts to numerous
creditors.

When this happens a person is paying out interest to each lender on each
account, which can really add up. It take years to pay down debts
individually. This is where debt consolidation helps.

Debt consolidation is getting a single loan which you use to pay all your
debts off. Then you have one loan payment to one lender....


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Debt consolidation is becoming a very popular method to get debt under
control. Many people find themselves with numerous debts to numerous
creditors.

When this happens a person is paying out interest to each lender on each
account, which can really add up. It take years to pay down debts
individually. This is where debt consolidation helps.

Debt consolidation is getting a single loan which you use to pay all your
debts off. Then you have one loan payment to one lender. It simplifies
things and also may reduce the amount of interest you are paying.

The key is to find a debt consolidation loan with the lowest possible
interest rate. In most cases the debt consolidation loan will be a
secured loan. This means you will have to offer collateral for the loan.

When getting a debt consolidation loan there are many things to consider.
If you are using it for credit cards it can be a great way to reduce
interest charges. However, if you are still using the credit card you
will be likely to just run up the bill again and be stuck in the same
situation.

It is very important to spend only what you can pay back to avoid more
problems when it comes to credit cards. With other types of debt you
should weigh your options and see if a debt consolidation loan is really
the best choice. Look at the terms of the debt consolidation loan to make
sure you will not be paying more in the long run.
Some things to consider before getting a debt consolidation loan are as
follows:

- Find out how much money will be saved each month by getting the loan.
If you are not going to be saving or if you are going to end up paying
more each month, then it probably is not a good idea.

- Look at the length of time left on each debt. If you only have a couple
months left to pay on some debts then it would probably not be in your
best interest to consolidate them. Consolidating will extend the length
of time you will pay. It would be easier to pay off those debts and
consolidate only the ones with a long length of time left.

- Check into how much the debt consolidation loan will cost you total and
compare that to how much your debts are going to cost you. You should
save with the consolidation or it may not be worth it.

Basically when it comes to debt consolidation you have to think smart. It
may seem great to consolidate to get one bill every month instead of
numerous bills.

You may save money up front each month, but overall you have to look out
for what is good in the long run. Dont be too quick to consolidate if you
will not benefit in the end, you do need to look at the bigger picture.

For example taking out a secured loan could really slash your monthly
payments and provide a quick fix, but in the long run you may well be
paying back a lot more.

That said however a secured loan could be a quick solution, as you can
pay off the loan when you come to remortgage. This is great because
secured loans have very small early repayment charges. You have many
options, so make sure that that you study each one carefully.