Important Measures to Discussing Unsecured Debt

Should you must pay back money from the collector, there are several approaches in which you might be able to reconcile your debt. In case you act quickly, you might not be forced to pay a devastating volume. Bear in mind that the longer you dismiss your credit card debt, the greater the costs is going to be. There are debt negotiation firms that you could contact. They could help settle your unsecured debt and also decrease the amount that you’re need to spend. In order to undertake it on your own, it is possible to stick to the methods offered under.

Step-by-step Means to fix Unsecured Debt Arbitration

Action 1

If you are nonetheless having to pay your credit card bills, stop right away. This will definitely have an effect on to your credit rating but this is important if you would like debt settlement. Your charge card organization will not be prepared to discuss together with you if you’re at present paying punctually. Should they sense that you’ll end payment, you have a greater likelihood from the negotiation.

Phase 2

Wait around at least ninety days before you decide to make a deal. In many instances, prevent talking as soon as the 6th month commencing when you halted paying out. For the reason that the organization may have by now offered your to some series agency. If this sounds like what happened, you can’t make a deal using your financial institution.

Phase 3

Mail the business a proposal regarding debt negotiation. This is by means of phone or you can record it. In many cases, the second works more effectively. Just be sure you express the total amount you are ready to spend. The quantity ought to be in lump sum payment because most lenders is often more eager to accept you with this style of payment. Generally, the lump sum payment arrangement may go from 30 to 60Per-cent of just how much your debt.

Phase 4

Prior to deciding to pay for the sum, you will have the agreement for the negotiation written. The written agreement must have the total amount that you can pay out. It also need to be clear that this can be a settlement for your total debt.

Stage 5

Begin making payment on the agreed volume. It’s advisable should you deliver the repayment available as funds order or perhaps a examine. It’s not necassary to supply the company usage of your money. This may be simpler if you’re quite hectic that you can’t record your installments. Nonetheless, you are supplying your lender excessive access, that isn’t a good idea.

Essential Thing to remember

If you decide to get in touch with your lender or collector, make sure that you are conversing with the supervisor. Frequently, those are the only ones that have been authorized to barter credit card debt. Remember that when you first intend talking, this can impact your credit history within a undesirable way.

You will find managing debt plans that help you negotiate with the financial institution. The company you select should be associated with the Association of Unbiased Credit Guidance or the Countrywide Base for Consumer Credit Counseling. The tough element this is you will be required to close your credit minute card accounts mixed up in plan. This will likely damage your score, however it is superior to declaring bankruptcy in case you are concerned about your credit score.

78 Comments

  • Tom says:

    Can a person be held accountable for a credit card debt that hasn’t been touched for over 12 years?

  • Bobby says:

    I recently had to defer my salary at my job for an extended period and cannot afford to pay my credit card debt. What should I do? A friend advised me to not make the next payments and negotiate with credit card companies on the debt. Is this wise? Would you advise I do something else? Thank you.

  • Melania says:

    My mom has 2 credit cards that are maxed out at a balance of $15,000 each. My mom gets letters in the mail about how her estimated debt is $30,000 and that they can help. Sometimes phone calls even come about this. How do settlement companies find out about this credit card debt amount?

  • Mark says:

    I will be graduating soon with about 20k in student loans. I also have about 10k in credit card debt. Is there any way to lump it all together?

  • Jackqueline says:

    Im doing a report on Credit Card Debt and there isnt much about the direct effects of being in credit card debt.

    I know bankruptcy is an effect but what else can happen?

  • Martin says:

    I have $40,000 in credit card debt. I can put my student loans in forbearance for 3 years. Should I do this to pay off my credit card debt?

  • Carmelo says:

    I have about 30K in credit card debt and I have good credit. My payments are about $800.00 a month and I want to eliminate my debt fast. Should I consolidate my credit card debt, or will that ruin my credit? I appreciate your help.

  • Miquel says:

    I’m searching for a web site or phone number to get free legal advice for credit card debt. I need a place that will give me an immediate answer. Thanks for your help.

  • Cody says:

    I’m 23 years old, a student, and physically becoming ill due to the amount of stress I have between school and work, in which I still struggle to pay my credit card bills. What is the step by step legal way of settling my credit card debt? I understand the ramifications that my credit report will suffer, but my debt to income ratio is already too high to get any loans or credit anyway (student loans). What is the worst that can happen? Are there any companies that help students in my situation? Thank you.

  • Taunya says:

    I will be able to pay off a $1400 credit card debt soon. I want my credit improved afterwords. Is there anything I can do to keep it from going down afterwards? I’ve heard of this happening.
    This is a charged off debt that has changed hands several times because of companies merging. I no longer have an actual card.

  • Jaime says:

    I have about $50000 in credit card debt and as of now have a excellent credit history. I just got laid off and there is no way i can pay my minimum payments. I know filing for bankruptcy is one option but is there other options. Paying is not an option.

  • Jay says:

    I have A LOT of credit card debt from opening a business and having to sell it in one year because of family responsibilities. Saw a bankruptcy attorney, but the options don’t seem to work for me as there’s no way I could ever pay off these debts.
    I know it’s very immoral, but what will actually happen if I just stop paying on them? I know I’ll be inendated with phone calls and lose my good credit standing, but can they attach my bank account or any other asset?

  • Khadijah says:

    Just wondering what the average is. My husband tells me everyone has debt, and I can understand my house and my car, but what is your credit card debt?

  • Bryon says:

    What is the best solution for credit card debt?
    I am way in over my head, I have 6 credit cards and I’m over $40,000 in debt. I have tried to take out a loan at the bank to consolidate but i got turned down. I need HELP!

  • Melania says:

    I am currently struggling to pay off my credit card debt (Approximately $4000). My interests rate ranges from high to low on 5 different cards. I have been only making the minimum payments recently and my credit score is in the mid 700s. Would I be better off keeping all of my debt separate and trying to pay more than the minimum every month or should i combine all my debt into one loan that i can make 100+ payments a month with low interest?

    Thank you for the responses!

  • Maryalice says:

    Any tips, suggestions, ideas to help pay off credit card debt in which so many Americans get themselves in.

    I have a debt of about just $1300 which was about $2000 in the summer, I’m currently working and paying more than the minimum. Is it better just to pay the minimum, set the aside money each month then pay off the whole thing?

  • Fredia says:

    I am in search of a company or method that will allow me to settle or consolidate my credit card debt. I have researched some companys but I am not sure what is real or a scam. Fidelity debt solutions is one of them. Has anyone had any luck with any of the debt consolidation programs or debt settling programs? Let me know. I need help.

  • Curtis says:

    My fiancee and I have approximately $30,000 in credit card debt (mostly his). He thinks that we should pay off all that debt and put a smaller down payment down on a home, rather than using all our money for the down payment. I argued that we should not worry TOO much about the credit card debt and take care of it another way, such as re-financing our mortgage in several years and using that cash to pay off the credit card debt (since the interest rate would be much lower). Any suggestions?

  • Alma says:

    I had never really thought about this before, but how do people run up thousands of dollars of credit card debt when every card has a credit limit? Do they just have really high credit limits or have many different credit cards?

  • Louis says:

    I have some credit card debt (ranging from 1k-4k) that I want to settle on. I haven’t paid a dime in about 2 years, so I should be able to get pretty low. The only problem is that I want to settle ASAP. I’ve heard people say you can settle for 30% of what you owe. I was thinking of a 40% settlement offer so make it quick and easy without having to negotiate back and forth. Any other info will help. Thanks!

  • Jason says:

    I’m doing a persuasive speech on why people should pay off their credit card debt, but first i need to know how people feel when they have the debt. THANK YOU :)

  • Lona says:

    Hi All. I’m a recent college grad who is fairly new to the workforce and is ready to get rid of her credit card debt!! I was fortunate enought not to borrow much in student loans (a total of about $9,000), however by grad time I owed about 9 thousand in credit card debt. Now I am ready to get rid of this burden. I know that this sounds horrible, but my situation was very different than that of the average student. I am a mother and was raising my daughter the whole time during college. Instead of working full time I focused on my studies and only worked part time. Needless to say this made everything harder but in the end it was worth it. Also, I’m not looking for an overnight solution. It took me six years to accumulate this debt so I know it wont disappera overnight. I’m just looking for the best way to go about it. Please help!

  • Art says:

    Assume $8,000 credit card debt. Should I pay off cards first? I have a very high credit score due to paying off two new cars (long story).
    I’m currently paying them down. Just didn’t know whether I should even try to save for the down payment or put 100% into paying them down. I have about 1200 a month extra to “play” with. I want to fix all this college-time debt in case our economy heads into a recession.

  • Vincenzo says:

    I have a credit card debt of about 7 hundred dollars. I have money saved of about 5 thousand. I am wondering if I should pay it off from the money saved or just continue to pay it from my paychecks. I am afriad that by touching the money saved to pay it I will be tempted to continue spending this money. I also thought about restoring the money that I spend from the saved if I do use it. Is it easy to restore saved money?

  • Prince says:

    I currently have around 10,000.00 dollars of credit card debt on three different cards. I am paying 29.99% on two of them, and 22.99% on the other one.

    I have tried to get a card with a better rate to transfer my balances to, but the issuers won’t give me one because I am using so much of my available credit now. I have not had any late payments on my credit accounts, tho.

    Should I try to get a home equity loan to pay off the cards, or is that a bad idea, too?

    I know that I got myself in this situation, and I am wholly responsible. I do not feel right about declaring bankruptcy, but really want to get out of debt somehow.

    If I am unable to get a lower rate, then I don’t see a way to rid myself of the debt. Any advice?

  • Kathrin says:

    My dad is ill, was just diagnosed with lung cancer. He and my mom own a small grocery store, sole proprietership but they also owe a lot in credit card debt (roughtly $120,000.00). The only obligation to the store are the lease and utilty bills and their home is paid off (worth approx. $150,000.00), store may be worth $50,000.00-$70,000.00. If something were to happen to my dad and he wills the home and the grocery store to me but my mom can’t pay off their credit card debt they owe, will I lose the home and the store still? Any advice would be helpful? What other things can they do to keep from losing the home and the store because there is no way my mom can pay off the credit card bills?

  • Salvador says:

    I have 8,500 in credit card debt and about 15,000 or more in my 401k. I’d like to know if it would be a smart idea to take a loan against my 401k to pay off my credit card debt, that way there would only be one payment and it would be much lower. I’d also like to mention that i’m only 24 and won’t be retiring any time soon.

  • Jeremiah says:

    I am planning to consolidate about $4000 in credit card debt by personal loan. What are the best lenders to approach?

  • Hubert says:

    I was recently terminated from my job in July and am having difficulty finding a new one, but in the meantime I have about $25K in credit card debt and not able to make payments. A credit counselor suggested bankruptcy, but I know the consequences of such action. However, without a job I have no money and I do plan to get one as soon as possible. So please don’t tell me to get a job, I already know that and doing everything I can by applying for many different positions. But given my current situation, is bankruptcy my only choice and is it better to do when you are unemployed or have a job? I have also already tried to contact the creditors to negotiate the terms, but no luck since my credit is in such bad shape. Any suggestions?
    I forgot to add something…will filing bankruptcy hurt my chances of getting hired for another job?

  • Candida says:

    Looking to pay off approximately $40,000 in credit card debt accumulated over approximately 8 years while supporting a parent. My salary is good and all debt is kept current.I own a home but with little equity due to the current market. Which loan/solution is the best?

  • Antione says:

    I have over 10 thousands dollars in credit cards debts, with high APR. What is the best and most efficient way to condense them and pay lower APR and small monthly payments. I know about the transfer to different cards for 12 months of free APR but it takes 6 month of having the credit card, only than they’ll transfer your balance.

  • Katelynn says:

    I have no credit card debt. I am starting to realize that I am in the minority. (I do have student loan debt). As far as credit card debt, I appear to be in the minority. In your opinion, How many Americans have credit card debt?

  • Abe says:

    Is the Statute of Limitations on credit card debt, determined by the state you currently live in or where the debt originated?

    I have a debt that I stopped paying on in Jan 2002. I acquired the debt while living in Texas and stopped paying it while living in Texas. My husband is military so we have lived in Missouri for the past 4 years.

    The SOL for TX is 4 years for open accounts (credit cards) and for MO it is 5 years. Either way, the SOL has run out on this debt, however I am still wondering which would apply to us since we are military? We claim TX as our home/residence.

    Thanks!
    This debt was sold to a debt collector years ago.

    I have known others that have written cease and desist letters so I am not so sure that SOL on card debt is a “myth”.

  • Thad says:

    Say you earn 1000 and have to pay 1050 for your credit card debt. You have to rely on your credit cards ( again ) for those extra 50 and for your monthly expenses.
    What should a person with this problem do?
    Would it be ok to take a loan?

    Finance gurus like David Bach say to pay the highest rate card first, but what should you do if you can’t?

    Thanks ¡¡¡¡

  • Glen says:

    What happens to credit card debt when one’s parents pass away in the event that they do not have an estate, BUT the children do have an estate (real estate, etc)?

    Morbid, but just wondering.

  • Dana says:

    I am in the process of selling my home. I have an outstanding credit card debt judgment that is being levied against the sell of my home. Is this lawful? Is there anything that I can do to stop this from happening? The credit card debt is over $14,000. I do intend to pay the credit card off but do not want it taken from the sell of my home.

  • Ignacia says:

    I’m 26 years old, I make about 50k a year and I want to start thinking about buying a house. What should I do with this nagging credit card debt? Aside from car payments, the only other debt I have is $5,000 on one of my credit cards. Can I think about saving for a house, or should I pay it off before I even consider it? Thanks.

  • Sherry says:

    I have enough in my 401k and i need to consolidate credit card debts which would require all of it after taxes and penalties, but could to pay off all the credit cards! Which is better route, refinancing or 401K debt consolidation loan?

  • Clifton says:

    i just want to know the correct option of credit card releif

  • Noe says:

    I live paycheck to paycheck, if i could knock out some credit card debt I would have more money to do the things I want. What is that fastest way to knock some of my debt down, so that I can actually save some money and enjoy life a little more?

  • Mickey says:

    currently I have about Rs.35000 Credit Card Debt. My monthly salary is Rs.15000/- and monthly expenses around Rs.10000/-. I want to pay the credit card debt at the earliest. Any tips?

  • Dwain says:

    If you have credit cards debt in the USA of about $20,000 and you are NOT a USA citizen and you move back to your country (England). What can happen in your opinion, I know the credit cards are unsecured debt. Can they chase you to another country (interpol) or is it just a bad debt? Do you think this will make a problem if I want to come back into the USA as a tourist in the future?

  • Ruthe says:

    I have a single credit card from Chase (visa). i am maxed out on it with a current debt of $1515. i am a graduate student and the research funds for my project ran out this jan (2009) and therefore no real income since then. at that time i had a debt of $700. emergency expenditures and a further limit increase to $1500 piled my debt. i have tried to pay it off periodically but now i have absolutely no cash influx. i ask my dad for my rent and general expenses. i didnt want to burden him with this and havent told him anything.so right now my balance/debt is constant at ~$1500. what do i do? any help?
    thanks for the answers. i know the obvious answer is to get a job.believe me,i have tried. but being an intl student doesnt open a lot of doors…i was also wondering how bad this big debt would be…as a few mentioned,it might not be a lot but its still quite a substantial amount…i wanted to know what is the impact of this,being unfamiliar with the credit score system.my accounts show $1515 outstanding balance. is this with or without interest charges?

  • Tashina says:

    I have $15,000 on my credit card debt, and would like to know if I pay $1000 a month, how long would it take to pay off, or i will never get out of it?
    the interest rate is about 20%
    also, if they don’t agree to settle, and I choose not to pay at all, what might happen, would I be put in jail?

  • Khadijah says:

    Here’s my situation: I have 3 maxed out credit cards totaling 35K (all debt to help a friend in need) and 60K of currently deferred grad school payments. I still have good/decent credit because my wonderful parents put me as an authorized user for all their cards since I was 10. I can’t thank them enough. Also, never had one delinquent, etc. The 0% on the cards have now expired and in pretty high rates.

    I’m a full-time student and work full-time, but can’t show income because only been working two months and it’s a commission-based job. On track right now to make over 120K this year, but can’t work for the next month and need a credit line or free up one of the cards asap.

    Can I move all CC debt into one account? What’s the deal with debt consolidation-will it affect my credit score? needed? How about yet another credit card? Any other companies that will see the maxed-out high limit cards and not freak? Any options being a student?
    Creativity welcome :-)
    Thanks in advance, Sam

  • Sixta says:

    I’m 21 and have made some studip choices on getting credit cards and charging them up. I have $8000 in debt and am still in school. Is there any way to get this reduced or set up as one payment. I can’t continue to keep making the payments due to living expenses. Thanks.

  • Princess says:

    I always avoided credit card debt. I own a home and I like to save money. i’m 27 and single and all my girlfriends go nuts with credit cards. I fell into the trap a little bit and now I have $4,000 debt. Is this good for my credit or should i just do what I can to just pay it off right away?

  • Earl says:

    I’m 24 and desperatley need to start paying of my credit card debt. I have tried to consolidate my cards though had no luck as my debt is to big on each card for me to merge them together.

    Basically my debt is as follows:

    St George Mastercard – Owe $5,600
    Bank West Mastercard – Owe $5,800
    Citibank Visa Card – Owe $9,230
    NAB Visa Card – Owe $8,960
    Myer Store Card – Owe $1,300

    There all 95%-98%maxed out.

    Although i also pay $2200 a month in rent, (and my income per month is only $2600). I have a total of another $600 that is charged on my cards every month for contracts that i cant get out of (such as furniture rentals etc).

    The interest + insurance on each card is around $130-$180 per month per card so again its around another $450 per month just to meet the insurance and debt.

    I paid almost $2000 as a whole to my cards last month, and its already gone right back down again, so i’m currently thinking either declaring bankruptcy or just letting my cards run down to $0 to force the banks to stop charging interest.

    Is there any company who can buy your debt of you? as i dont want to pay the banks back, they have already charge me enough in usless insurance, late payment fees and interest to get any favours from me.

  • Evan says:

    I have about 7 grand in credit card debt :( What are the best steps to take to get out of it? Are there reputable non profit companies that can help me? Serious answers only please.

  • Jacki says:

    Is it possible to get 0% APR from the credit card company forever and ask them for a fixed and low monthly payments?

  • Roy says:

    I used my mother’s credit card, and got behind on the payments. Is there any way to make the debt just mine, and not ruin her credit?

  • Kendrick says:

    I have $30,000 in credit card debt and can’t afford to pay my minimum payments anymore? I do not own a home. I am basically broke. what are my options? what will the credit card companies do if i stop paying on them? Should i file for bancruptcy? Advise would help. Thanks

  • Timmy says:

    I have some old credit card debt from my college days (probably going back 4 years) that I have started to receive collection notices for. I’m in a better financial situation now, by no means rich, but I would like to clear my name and not be handcuffed by my prior situation.

    What’s the best way for me to handle this? I got a letter offering a “one-time only” payment to a collection agency at about half off, which is very attractive, but I want to make sure that I’m both clearing my conscience and boosting my credit rating. If I can do that and pay less than I theoretically owe (considering most of it is probably finance charges), all the better.

    For the record, I have a couple of open accounts that are perfectly clear. I’ve looked into it a little and the state I lived in when I opened the account has a six year statute of limitations.

    Looking for solid advice as I’d like to buy a house in the next couple of years.

  • Wes says:

    I have credit card debt in excess of $4000. Do the ads you see on TV for relieving one of credid card debt work? Or am I better suited to just pay it off?

  • Jennefer says:

    It seems that most people have some amount of credit card debt these days and I was just wondering if more people acquire it trying to buy something necessary (i.e. education, car, house) or something unneccessary (i.e. alcohol, clothing, etc.).

    Another words can credit cards actually be beneficial in the long run even though they cause you to rack up a crazy amount of debt?

  • Sherlyn says:

    My friend is $7,000 in credit card debt. the good thing is that she has the cash to pay it all off. She wants to pay off all the debt and CLOSE her 5 credit card accounts. Will this hurt her credit long term? Her score is 600 right now. She knows you should keep them open because it looks better but she doesnt want to. She thinks her credit will go down 3-5 points per closed account but how long before it springs back up?

  • Rocio says:

    I am on a budget, successfully last two years. Before then, we racked up nearly $9000 total in credit card debt on five cards. (home repairs, stuff). We have paid our credit cards on time, and have NO credit cards now. My problem, I am aggravated. Before my budget, I was late paying on two cards , and all cards jacked my rates to nearly 30%. So, even paying on time the last two years, the companies still deem me ‘risky’ since I only pay minumum. I still owe $9000!! I asked for a payoff amount, since half of what is owed is interest and penelties. They all say no, nor will they reduce the interest rate. (heck, they have a gold mine with me!) Anyone have luck with a letter asking creditors to take a lower payoff amount ?? I am caring for an ill son so i can’t work, and my husband’s job cut back so we are getting half of what we were earning. I don’t want to do debt consolidation, since they tend to be a scam. If I can’t negotiate a lower payoff amount, how can they?

  • Dexter says:

    After taxes, im going to have 12k in credit card debt minus my college loan. Does anyone know of anyway to pay less interest on this amount? Or any advice at all?

  • Ernest says:

    So, I have about $3,500 in credit card debt. What’s the best way to pay it off?

    Does anyone have any experience with those debt consolidation services seen on TV?

  • Gillian says:

    Just got a huge tax refund and I need some advice. Should I go ahead and take this money and pay off some of our credit card debts or should I open an ROTH IRA to invest the extra money?

  • Robbie says:

    I have 10 credit card and maybe about 3.6K in debt and I have HIGH APR’s on almost all of them and a annual fee on one. My FICO is 657 and I’m wondering if I can open a Citibank credit card with 0%APR for 18months and transfer all that debt on there? I have no idea how to do that or if that’s even possible… I literally am very ignorant and lost and would appreciate all the help I can get.
    I’m sorry I didn’t ask that question properly… am I able to actually transfer all that debt to that one credit card… like if I’m approved, of course lol, can I transfer all that debt?

  • Tomas says:

    If a person is in several thousand pounds worth of credit card debt but that person dies, what happens to the debt?

  • Carmelo says:

    I currently have 1 credit card that my minimum payment of $170 and $100 of it is finance charges. How much do I need to pay so I can finally start seeing the difference. I would like for the finance charges to be siginficantly less so when I do make a big payment my balance actually lowers. Any advise?

  • Nick says:

    i have 40000 dollars in credit card debt and no job no income what do i do?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ignacia says:

    Im 10,000 in debt should i consolidate? Will it give me bad credit???I always make payments on time so credit is okay but i stretch every penny

  • Jack says:

    I have recently paid off all my credit card debt and am going to close these accounts. My current score is in the low 700s. I still have my checking debt card which I can use as a visa. Will doing this affect my credit score?

  • Georgette says:

    what are the laws on credit card debt if the card is in one spouse name only and that person dies is the other spouse liable for the bill?

  • Patricia says:

    if a person loses a job, gets laid off, then paying for food, rent, etc becomes priority, and a credit card debt goes to the bottom of the list, my question: can a person go to court and try to cancel the debt through a court order? given the circunstance of being out of work?
    thanks,

  • Leroy says:

    I recently received a letter from the court requesting that I pay my outstanding credit card debt from a few years ago. A couple of days later, I received a call from a Lawyer demanding that I pay the debt immediatly. I currently don’t have the funds to pay the debt in full and have been informed that they will be charging me 9% interest each day on the full balance. Does anybody know what my options are?

    Thanks!

  • Terese says:

    I lost my job in construction about nine months ago. I have since decided to enroll in college and I am now a full time student taking 18 credit hrs per semester. I will be in college for next 3-4 years. My total credit card debt is around $27k, I am losing my house to foreclosure, and I still make my monthly payments on my truck. Oh I also have a Roth IRA but not a whole lot in it. I have been in default on my credit cards now since March of this year. If they decide to file a judgment against me, what if anything, could they lien it against? I live off of student loans, that’s my only income, and grant money. And this will be all I will be living off of until I graduate and get a new job in a new field. Can they really do anything? I would hate for them to take my truck but I still owe about $11k on it and its my only means of transportation right now. What could they do? I have heard they cant touch my retirement, is that true? Oh I live in Florida if that makes any difference.

  • Delora says:

    I got 2 credit cards and owe about $7,000 for both of them. It doesn’t seem like much but I was young and stupid when I signed up for these cards and the interest rates for them are super high! I’m paying l;ike close to $100 in interest monthly for both of them. Even if I pay the monthly payments the balance still wont go down! I want to get a loan to pay off my credit card debt. In the long run, I’ll save money, any ideas where I get get such a loan?

  • Golden says:

    I have two credit card that has a total of $19,000 debt with a crazy APR of 24%. I got an offer from another creadit card company that’s offering a personal loan up to 35K with an APR of %7.99. Should I go ahead and consolidate my two CC debt and get the low APR personal loan? Would getting another loan decrease my creditt score? Thanks.
    By the way, this is not an offer from a credit card consolidation co. It’s from Capital One offering a personal loan w 7.99APR for the life of the loan.

  • Regena says:

    Gambler caused 135k worth of credit card debt. Is in ga now and in therapy. I don’t want to get in deeper trying to fix this? what is the best direction to go from here.

  • Arnulfo says:

    Does it hurt your credit score if you have credit cards with no balance on them?
    I have 1 credit card from 2005 and 1 from 2006 which have never been used, and I just must have forgotten about them, so the accounts are still open. Does that help or hurt me?

    Also, I got my free credit report from Equifax, but they want me to pay $7 just to view my credit score. Is there anyway I can view my credit score for free?

    I heard that debt consolidation loans are better because they help your credit as you’re paying them off: is that true? and what legit company could I go to for that?

    (if you are able to, can you please provide legit sources of information, I prefer not having these serious questions answered by guesses or assumptions. I appreciate it.)
    I’d like to emphasize a part of a question… a couple answers said that those credit cards that have never been used are not helping my credit… Well, are they hurting it? Or are they just doing nothing.

    And to be honest, I couldn’t use my credit cards if I wanted to now… They’re technically closed, however the companies haven’t released them to debt collectors. But every company is looking for me to pay either $80 per month or settle by paying a large amount but not the full amount. I have 5 cards totalling $5000 (could be worse… yay for being jobless for 5 months and denied unemployment!). I just don’t know what to do. I tried a consolidation agency but they wanted $130/month… If I couldn’t make my card payments, what makes these people think I can pay that each month. The only thing keeping my credit afloat is my car payment, because I need to car to get to work.

  • Cristobal says:

    If I stop paying on credit cards will they put a lein on my home? I can not afford the payments anymore and they are to high to consolidate?

  • Edmond says:

    hi im 28 and have $25000 credit card debt.
    i do make $4000 net income and paying $1200 rent ,$570 car, insurance 100,util 150 , gas 400,food 400, minimum card debt 600.
    now i’m married and have plan for baby. but can’t save no money at all . because of debt.
    is calling bankruptcy can help? or is there any better way can reduce or avoid my credit card debt? i do make payment on time but minimum payment doesn’t helps at all. can’t pay more. please help. thank you.

  • Alfonzo says:

    Or maybe a combination of both? I have approximately $3500 in credit card debt and am making double minimum payments on that debt. My question is should I make minimum payments and put the rest into investments or keep doing what i am doing.

  • Gerard says:

    Isn’t there a legal way you can get out of paying your credit card debt (outside of the obvious, paying them off). I could have sworn I heard of something that allowed you to do this, but of course not well known….

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