Debt Consolidation: Pros and Cons

What is Debt Consolidation?

When you consolidate your debt, you take out a loan to pay off several other debts. This allows you to consolidate the money you owe into one payment.

Pros of Debt Consolidation

A debt consolidation loan could be helpful if you ran up your credit cards while you were in business school, or if you have a number of high interest installment loans (student loans, car loan, etc.) This will allow you to roll this high interest debt into one manageable payment.

If you have an easier time making your payments, you can avoid late fees, extra charges, and the bad credit that will inevitably result when you can’t afford to pay regular bills.

Cons of Debt Consolidation

For some people, debt consolidation may not be the answer. To start with, it can be difficult finding fair interest rates. If the rate on your new loan isn’t any better than the rate you pay on your current loans, consolidating your debt wouldn’t make much sense.

It can also take longer to pay debts off. When you consolidate debt, you still end up owing the same amount of money. The main difference is usually the length of the term. This could leave you paying more in interest if the term is really long. Call us to learn more.

Source: About.com Guide