How To Consolidate Debt On Your Own
Knowing how to consolidate debt on your own will relieve some of the stress in your day to day life. Outstanding debt can be frustrating. No one want to have bill collectors calling their house, but when you consolidate the amount of debt you have it can lower your monthly payments so that you can breath again. Not only can you combine your monthly payments, but when you do your own consolidation, instead of using a debt consolidation company, you can maintain your credit rating.
In order to consolidate your own debt you will need:
- Internet connection
- Your financial information
- Your monthly bills
- Gather all of your monthly bills. In order to consolidate your own debt, you need to know how much money you actually owe, and what your monthly payments are.
- Gather your personal and financial information. In order to roll all of your debt into one payment, you will need to apply for a loan or a low interest credit card that has enough outstanding credit to accommodate your current balances. You need to have your employment information, the amount of money you make annually and your social security number handy.
- Do an Internet search for either a loan or a low interest credit card. Simply visit your favorite search engine and type in "low interest credit cards" or "low interest loans." Once you have the results in front of you, choose the company that suits your needs the best. You will use the new line of credit to consolidate your own debts, so you can have only one monthly payment.
- Fill out the credit application. Once you choose a company, fill out an online application. Make sure you fill out all of the information requested before you submit the application.
- Transfer all of your outstanding debt to your new line of credit. If you chose to use a credit card, you may have to call the company and order some courtesy checks. Then you send these as payment to cover your current debts.
- Close the old accounts. When you consolidate your own debt, it's very easy to get in over your head. It's important that you cancel the old accounts once they are paid in full. If you leave the accounts open, it's easy to charge purchases to them again.