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Consolidating debt a good idea

Don’t use your IRA to pay debts unless you are 100% confident the money will be replaced within two months, say, with a tax refund.

Otherwise, you’ll be hit with a penalty and taxes on the funds.

Lenders know the competition is tough, and it’s cheaper for them to keep you than it is to get a new customer to replace you — especially if you’re a low-maintenance borrower who pays her bills on time.

While you have them on the phone, ask about these three options: The interest rates on these loans tend to be low — or even interest free.

The problem is that bankruptcy is a serious derogatory mark on your credit.These days, while you can still get personal loans from banks and credit unions, there are generally lower-rate options, such as the ones we have been discussing.Remember, don’t hesitate to ask your bank or credit union to give you a better deal if they want to keep your business.That’s because some may be debt settlement companies that convince you to stop paying your debts and “instead pay into a special account,” the CFPB warns.“The company will then use this money to attempt to negotiate with creditors to reduce the amount of principal you pay off.” If you’re considering this option, try to speak with a nonprofit credit counselor first because debt settlement can put your credit in jeopardy.

(Of course, while you’re using your IRA money, it won’t be earning you any interest either.) From friends and family: These loans can be your best or worst nightmare.

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Jul 29, 2013. Debt consolidation exists because it's beneficial to lenders and popular to consumers. But is consolidaiton not in your best interest? Weigh the risks of debt consolidation. 
06-Oct-2018 01:03
Feb 9, 2017. People often ask us about debt consolidation and whether consolidating their debts will affect their credit. Whether consolidating your debt is a good idea depends on both your personal financial situation and on the type of debt consolidation being considered. Consolidating debt with a loan could reduce. 
06-Oct-2018 01:06
Oct 6, 2017. When debt consolidation is a good idea. Success with a consolidation strategy requires the following Your total debt doesn't exceed 50% of your income; Your credit is good enough to qualify for a 0% credit card or low-interest debt consolidation loan; Your cash flow consistently covers payments toward. 
06-Oct-2018 01:08
Dec 12, 2016. And then there's the risk of increasing your debt if you fail to make your payments under a debt settlement program. Once you've chosen a debt consolidation method, it's a good idea to keep the total cost as low as possible. Try not to take the maximum amount of time possible to pay off your new loan, and. 
06-Oct-2018 01:12
Debt consolidation claims to offer relief by combining your monthly payments into one. Don't be fooled. Learn the real way to get out of debt for good. 
06-Oct-2018 01:15

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