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Get out of debt fast in 2011

[Jan 9, 2011.]

 

The economy shifted, radically, in late 2007. The consequences of that shift have been felt now, for years. In 2008 many people lost their jobs, lost their homes, and became burdened by their debts. Through 2009, the struggle continued as banks went under and unemployment went up. Hopefully, looking back, 2010 will be the worst of times and 2011 will be the year of recovery.


Use the impetus of a new year to get out of debt fast. Resolve to be realistic about any changes that have happened to you as a result of the economic shift. Trying to regain, or maintain, a lifestyle that belongs in the old economy, will sink you. Accepting the new, slower-growth economy, and adjusting your level of debt accordingly, will bring you peace of mind.


Two ways to tackle debt:


Credit card debt consolidation loan. If you have the cash flow to pay off your balances due in their entirety, it will help your credit score. A credit card debt consolidation loan combines your balances into one installment loan, usually with a low fixed interest rate and fixed term. As long as you cut up the cards and spend responsibly, the method can give you debt relief and set you on a good path to financial ease.


Apply for a credit card debt consolidation loan now.


Debt settlement program. If your cash flow is not sufficient to pay the entire balances due, you may find it necessary to settle your debts with your creditors. This option could have a negative effect on your credit, but it is still a better option than sticking your head in the sand and letting all your debts be turned over to collection agencies. Communicating with your creditors, while not easy to do, is far better for your credit than walking away from your troubles.


Choose wisely


A reputable debt settlement program can help you reduce your balances, lower your interest rates, and help you get out of debt. But some programs may be predatory. To make sure you are dealing with a reputable company, check with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the watch dog of such companies.


Contact a debt settlement program now. Make 2011 the year you become debt free!

 

About Author:

Renee Morgan has been a loan officer for over eighteen years. She is also a freelance writer and guest expert for radio and TV.

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