Welcome to the latest series at JosephSangl.com – Restructuring Debt
I am excited to embark on this series of posts because interest paid toward debt is one of the largest obstacles to gaining traction for one's own Debt Freedom March.
Of course, one way to eliminate the interest is to sell some stuff and become debt-free. But I recognize that for some people, they have debt that they are going to have to focus on and just pay it off. If this describes you, then I trust that this series helps you gain speed in your Debt Freedom March!
There are many approaches one can take to lower their interest rates. In Part Two, I covered the "negotiation" avenue. In Part Three, we covered surfing the balances to zero-percent credit cards. In Part Four, it was the debt consolidation option. In Part Five, I will be covering the credit score option.
Credit Scores Matter!
I know. I am brilliant. But it matters so much when it comes to reducing the interest that lenders will charge on your existing debt (this is a no-new-debt zone!). As your credit score improves, your credit card surfing and bill consolidation loan options will improve.
There is a company that actually specializes in consolidating loans for people with excellent credit. I was told about this company by a banker friend who has been extremely impressed with the way this company is doing business. It is called FirstAgain.com. It is actually stated on their web site that "Excellent and Substantial Credit Required". No need to apply if you have trashed credit, but it looks like a good option for those who are looking restructure their debt and gain traction with their Debt Freedom March.
Of course, there are also companies that specialize in loans for people with horrible credit. Payday loan joints, title loan sharks, pawn shops, and various other organizations provide loans that have HORRIFIC interest and should never be considered a viable option for someone who expects to gain traction on their Debt Freedom March. I have yet to meet the first person who became debt free because of their rip-off payday loan. I have met hundreds who have became completely hopeless because of their rip-off payday loan.
In the sixth and final installment of the Restructuring Debt series, I will be sharing my favorite way to restructure debt.
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