With the problems we are having in today’s economy more Americans are being forced with some of the toughest decisions they have had to make in a long time. For many people who have lost their jobs or have had to take a reduction in pay in order to keep their jobs are overwhelmed with their situations.
They are having to make the decision to put the credit card payments on hold for the time being and focus on ways to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Debt settlement can be a great option for those who are no longer able to afford to pay the monthly minimum payments on their credit cards. Debt settlement is not for everyone and is meant to be an alternative to Bankruptcy.
It is considered a hardship program so, if you can afford to pay more then the minimum payments you and are just looking to avoid having to pay back on your accounts then debt settlement is not the best option for you. Debt settlement when done correctly can help those who want to take responsibility and pay back on their debts they just need a little help in doing so.
There are a lot of companies that are trying to push debt settlement as the miracle fix to every-ones debt problems and this is causing the industry to have a bad reputation. To be perfectly clear there is no magical wand that is going to make everything disappear. If you do anything other than pay off your accounts in full with your creditors it is going to have a negative effect on your credit, so if you are only focused on your credit score this is not the option for you.
For those that have already fallen behind or have come to the realization that you will no longer be able to continue paying the minimum payments then you may be able to benefit from a debt resolution program. Before you make any decision you should first sit down and go over all of your finances and see if there is anything you can cut out or cut back on in order to save money.
You are going to have to make some sacrifices and some changes in the way you have been living but if you truly want to get out of debt and off the credit treadmill then this must be done. Now, the debt settlement industry has a bad reputation because there are a lot of companies out there that have no interest in helping you get out of debt, they are only focused on trying to get you on a program as quick as possible so that they can get your money.
You must take the responsibility to do some research on any company you are considering on signing up with. When it comes to dealing with your debt make sure you look into all of the options that are available to you. Once you have done your research and found a couple of reputable companies go ahead and give them a call. Remember this is your life so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You can even write down a list of things that are important to you. Any reputable company will take the time to answer your questions. With any debt settlement process you will be saving up your money to settle your accounts for less than the full balance with your creditor’s one at a time. With the right structure you could end up completing the program in most cases around 30 months or less.
A question that I get a lot from people during our first conversation is where’s the money I am saving up coming from and the answer is from you. Let’s say you are just barely making the minimum payments on your credit cards each month well with any type of debt settlement program you will no longer be making those payments to your creditors each month but instead be saving a smaller amount in your own savings account.
As you know if you are paying the minimum payment on your credit cards most of that payment is going to the interest so you are not seeing any real decline in your principle balance. Under the new law that was currently passed the credit card companies have to show you what it will take for you to pay off your balances on your credit cards.
If you were to not use your credit card and there were no other penalties added to your account it would take you around 35 years to pay off your account by paying the minimum payment each month. Can you imagine the amount of money you would end up paying in interest alone. Let’s say you had a balance of $18,000 with around 17% APR. and your minimum payment was $380.00 a month and you only paid the minimum payment on that account it would take you around 38 years to pay it off at a balance of almost $44,500 that is close to $26,500 in interest.
With a debt settlement program you will be paying less then what you are paying in minimum payments each month but you will also be saving a great deal of money in the interest you would of been paying over that time. If this sounds like something you may be interested in then just remember to do your research and consider the facts. If any company is trying to sign you up within a few minutes of the call and seem to be really pushy then go on to the next company.
This is not a problem that happened in a few minutes so don’t think that you can have all the answers in just a few minutes of a call. Even after you ask all your question and you think of another one later on that night just write in down so you don’t forget it and ask them the following day. I hope this information was helpful with your research