Pros and cons to consolidating debt
Debt settlement companies also charge a fee for their "service." Often, the fee is anywhere from 15–20% of your debt.Think about it this way: If you owe ,000, your settlement fees would range from ,500–10,000.
Your monthly payment on the first loan is 7, and the payment on the second is 3. If you make monthly payments on them, you will be out of debt in 41 months and have paid a total of ,821.
Debt settlement is a scam, and any debt relief company that charges you before they actually settle or reduce your debt is in violation of the Federal Trade Commission. When you consolidate your debts or work with a debt settlement company, you’ll only treat the symptoms of your money problems and never get to the core of why you have issues in the first place.
You don’t need to consolidate your bills—you need to pay them off.
Here are the top things you need to know before you consolidate your debt: But here’s the deal: Debt consolidation promises one thing but delivers another.
That’s why dishonest companies that promote too-good-to-be-true debt-relief programs continue to rank as the top consumer complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission.
In almost every case, you’ll have lower payments because the term of your loan is prolonged. You are only restructuring your debt, not eliminating it.