I have about $40,000.00 in credit card debt. I am employeed and making all my payments on time. However it is getting hard to continue to make these payments as the minimums keep getting higher. I would like some type of program that can help me reduce the overall amount of debt I have with the lowest monthly payment. I do not want to wreck my credit score. It's in the high 600's. Please let me know what would be the best course of action.
The situation you describe has become increasingly common as many credit card banks have increased their required minimum payments based on recommendations from the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Federal agency that regulates national banking associations. There are several possible solutions to your predicament, but which one is the best for you depends on several considerations, including your income, your balances, your interest rates, and your creditors.
If you have sufficient income to pay more than your monthly minimums, you may be able to pay off your accounts through planned repayment. First, you should carefully review your finances to cut expenses wherever possible, to free up as much cash as possible to apply to your debts. While you will continue to make the monthly payments on all of your accounts, you will pay all excess cash to your highest interest account to pay it off as quickly as possible. Then do the same with your next-highest interest card, until that account is paid off. Continue this process until you have succeeded in paying off all of your credit cards. Depending on how much above the minimums you can pay each month, this method may rid you of your debt in a matter of years, save you thousands in interest, and preserve your good credit history.
If you cannot afford to pay any more than your minimums, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional organization, such as a debt settlement or credit counseling firm.
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While a Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) cannot reduce the actual amount your debt, it may be able to reduce your interest rates, depending on your creditors, which can reduce your required monthly payments. CCCS will likely not harm your credit score, but it may still make obtaining credit difficult, as many creditors look at enrollment in a CCCS program the same as if you had filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Also, most CCCS programs require at least five years to repay your creditors, so you must be willing and able to make a relatively long term commitment.
Debt settlement, a debt resolution option in which the provider actually negotiates settlements with your creditors, usually allows consumers to pay off their debts for around 50% of their balances. This would reduce your debt as your mentioned in your questions. However, debt settlement will almost certainly have a negative impact on your credit score, as you will need to stop making monthly payments to your creditors to allow the settlement firm to negotiate settlements of your behalf.
I encourage you to explore the Debt Help section of Bills.com at http://www.bills.com/debt-relief/ to learn more about the options I have described above. I do not know of any debt relief option that meets all of the criteria described in your question, but hopefully one of the three options I have described about will improve your financial situation.
Again, if you want a free consultation and a savings quote, Bills.com makes it easy for you to apply for qualified providers by following this link:
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Best of luck,