To do that, you have to change the way you view debt!Dave says, "Personal finance is 80% behavior and only 20% head knowledge." Even though your choices landed you in a pile of debt, you have the power to work your way out! The solution isn’t a quick fix, and it won’t come in the form of a better interest rate, another loan or debt settlement. Something has to change, and you’re considering debt consolidation because of the allure of one easy payment and the promise of lower interest rates. But the truth is debt consolidation loans and debt settlement companies suck even more. In fact, you end up paying more and staying in debt longer because of so-called consolidation.Get the facts before you consolidate your debt or work with a settlement company.Debt settlement is a scam, and any debt relief company that charges you before they actually settle or reduce your debt is in violation of the Federal Trade Commission. When you consolidate your debts or work with a debt settlement company, you’ll only treat the symptoms of your money problems and never get to the core of why you have issues in the first place.You don’t need to consolidate your bills—you need to pay them off.
A decent portion of our debt was credit card debt that we were paying a high interest rate on.The debt includes a two-year loan for ,000 at 12% and a four-year loan for ,000 at 10%.Your monthly payment on the first loan is 7, and the payment on the second is 3. If you make monthly payments on them, you will be out of debt in 41 months and have paid a total of ,821.Once their fee is accounted for, they promise to negotiate with your creditors and settle your debts. Well, the debt settlement companies usually don’t deliver on helping you with your debt after they take your money.They’ll leave you on the hook for late fees and additional interest payments on debt they promised to help you pay!