Any advise on consolidating?

I’v been looking into doing “debt consolidating” I have about 3000.00 in collections and another 3000.00 that i pay on time in CC and such that i want to clean up. Has anyone had any experiance with debt consolidating, or have any advise? Anything is appreshiated. ะจ know, that unless you are willing to cut all credit cards and swear to never use credit again and can keep that oath, DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!!! Let the voice of other’s experience talk to you. You will find yourself having consolidated your current debt into one nice, neat, little payment and start thinking, hey – I can buy that on credit. Next thing you know, you are back in the same boat, only there is more water inside the boat this time!

The only way to do it is to get rid of the credit cards. I had over 16,000 in credit card debt and went through a credit counceling place and with that those cards are closed and you can’t have a card through them again.

You just don’t have a lot of debt (although I’m sure it feels like you’re completely under water). You can totally do this on your own. To that end, you’re better off NOT consolidating. It will make your credit even worse because the first thing they advise you to do is stop making your payments. You have a couple of good options though.

1) Keep on keepin’ on with your current payments.
2) Call the collections co and ask to settle for a lower amount. This will only work if you have cash stored up to give them.
3) Call your credit card co and tell them that you’re in hardship. Ask for a lower rate.
4) Take out a personal loan from a credit union or an online place to consolidate gracefully.

I’m assuming that you’ve destroyed the credit card so you aren’t still using it. Right? ๐Ÿ™‚

The good news is that you’re in charge at this point. The collections stuff has already hit your credit report so it’s not like you’re trying to prevent them from reporting. Use this power to your advantage. You’d be surprised how much you can do on your own. Google things like “work with credit card companies” or “how to settle a collection” and you’ll get some good advice.

I do not use any of my credit cards anymore, and my two bigger balance ones iv called and had the interest rates lowered. It just seems like I don’t get anywhere even paying much more than the minimum. I’m just trying to get my stuff straightened out the right way.