The following four steps will walk you through calculating how much debt you have, choosing the debt consolidation loan, setting a timeline to be debt free and teaching you how to control your spending.
You can take out a personal loan to pay off existing debts and then work to pay off that loan over time.
“If you’re not absolutely positive that you can pay off your debt in that time frame or if you think you might struggle with building up your debt on credit cards once again, I think getting a new credit card is probably not a good idea,” said Germano.
Cash-out refinancing involves replacing your mortgage loan with a new one for more than you owe, taking part of the difference between your old and new loans in cash. A home equity loan gives the borrower access to home equity in cash, which can be used to pay off other debts.
You can consolidate a variety of debts, including credit cards, payday and personal loans, utility bills and medical expenses, so instead of having to send a separate payment to each creditor or collector every month, you’d make just one.Maggie Germano, a certified financial education instructor and financial coach in Washington, D.C., said debt consolidation comes up “pretty frequently” with her clients.Some people prefer a DIY debt management plan, while others benefit from simplified singular payment of a debt consolidation loan.“Debt consolidation really depends on the person and the type of debt,” Germano said.