One of the worst things about falling deeply into debt is dealing with multiple creditors. There’s too many accounts to keep track of, a stack of bills on your desk each month, and if you fall behind, a steady drumbeat of phone messages from creditors who want to be paid. In these circumstances, debt consolidation may be helpful. How does debt consolidation work? There are two main debt consolidation options: debt consolidation by taking out a loan, and debt consolidation programs such as those offered by American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) that do not require you to borrow.
One common approach to debt consolidation involves taking out a loan. How does debt consolidation work when a loan is involved? Essentially, you take a sizable loan, use those funds to pay off all your creditors, and then make monthly payments on the loan. The loan may be obtained through debt relief companies, or through your bank, or as a home equity loan if you own a home.
Although this approach has the basic appeal of consolidating your debt into one monthly payment, there are significant costs and risks involved:
As one of the nation’s leading non-profit debt management agencies, ACCC offers a way to consolidate unsecured personal debts without having to borrow more money. How does debt consolidation work with ACCC? In short, we work out an arrangement with your creditors whereby you make one consolidated payment to ACCC each month and we then make the monthly payments to your creditors.
What are the benefits to this approach to debt consolidation, beyond simplifying your monthly payment requirements? There are several important benefits: