Debt Consolidation Loans

Many Minnesota residents who are struggling with debts spread across multiple credit cards and other types of unsecured debts are considering a debt consolidation loan. If you are also burdened with your own personal debt crisis, you're not alone. Consumers all across the country are overwhelmed with credit card debt due to any number of reasons, such as unemployment, medical bills, or personal hardships. The good news is, help is available. Many consumers have found relief from their debts thanks to a variety of debt relief options, including debt consolidation loans, debt management plans coordinated by credit counselors, debt settlement or debt negotiation, and even bankruptcy.

If you are struggling with credit cards and other unsecured debts, find out how debt relief plans may be able to help you resolve debts faster and save money. Get your free debt relief evaluation and savings estimate.

How Debt Consolidation Loans Work

The goal of debt consolidation loans is to combine or "consolidate" multiple high interest rate debts into a single lower interest rate loan. In theory, the consumer takes the proceeds from the consolidation loan and pays off high interest credit cards, then only has a single lower interest rate debt consolidation loan to payoff. This makes perfect sense and debt consolidation loans have certainly been able to help consumers.

However, it may not be the best course of action to take "unsecured" debt such as credit cards and convert that debt into a new loan that is "secured" by a home or other asset. Why? Because if consumers hit a rough spot financially and fail to live up to the terms of their debt consolidation loan, they could be putting their home or other asset at risk. In addition, many consumers who take out debt consolidation loans do indeed payoff their credit cards, but then end up accumulating a whole new batch of credit card charges. Now, there's the responsibility to payoff a debt consolidation loan AND a new round of credit card charges. In this scenario, which unfortunately is very common, the consumer's debt crisis has gone from bad to worse.

If you are considering a debt consolidation loan, first take a moment to find out how a structured debt relief plans may be able to help you resolve debts faster and save money. Get your free debt relief evaluation and savings estimate.

How Debt Management Plans Save Money and Resolve Debts

For consumers who are looking to get relief from high interest credit card debts as well as other unsecured debts such as utilities, department store charges, gas cards, or even medical or doctor bills, debt management is a popular option. With debt management plans or DMPs, consumers seek to combine multiple debts into a single, more manageable, and more predictable payment plan made to a credit counseling agency, who then distributes the monthly payments to creditors month after month until debts are resolved.

The goal behind a debt management program coordinated through a credit counselor is for the debt counselors, working on behalf of consumers, to contact creditors one by one and get them to accept proposals and agree to extend the benefits of debt relief to consumers who are experiencing a financial hardship. These benefits can include lower interest rates, a waiving of late fees and penalties, and even monthly payments they can more easily afford. When the consumer stops ringing up new credit card charges and begins to pay down debts month after month on time, at lower interest rates, the process of debt resolution becomes solid and predictable. While debt management plans do not make debts magically go away, they can be very effective and save a substantial amount of money if followed faithfully. Overall, they are an honorable way for consumers to resolve debts and fulfill their financial obligations as promised.

If you are interested in seeking debt consolidation options or a debt management plan with help from a credit or debt relief counselor, take a moment to find out how debt plans may be able to help you resolve debts faster and save money. Get a free debt relief evaluation and savings estimate.

State Financial Assistance Programs

The state government of Minnesota does not provide debt grants or programs to help consumers resolve their debts, however it does provide a variety of programs for individuals and families who are low-income or need a helping hand while experiencing difficult circumstances. Minnesota also has agencies that can assist with housing concerns. To learn more, go to the state's homepage and find the Social Services section.

How Debt Settlement or Debt Negotiation Works

Another popular debt relief option is debt settlement, also referred to as debt negotiation. The goal of debt settlement is for consumers, through a debt negotiator, to get individual creditors to agree to "settle" debts for substantially less than the full amount owed. Debt settlement typically involves the process whereby consumers in distress stop paying high interest credit card minimums and instead begin to "set aside" those monies to be used for the purpose of extend a debt settlement offer, through a debt negotiator, to a credit card company.

While debt settlement is an increasingly popular alternative to personal bankruptcy, it's important to know that it's an aggressive debt relief option. Consumers should understand that when they stop paying cards according to the terms of their agreements, creditors can threaten or take legal action. In addition, money that is saved by settling for less is subject to taxation. Finally, debt settlement will normally have a negative impact on personal credit, but not as serious or long lasting an impact as personal bankruptcy.

If you are struggling with credit cards and other unsecured debts and in need of debt relief assistance, learn more about your debt relief options and get a free debt relief analysis and savings estimate at no obligation.