Being in debt all the time becomes extremely stressful when trying to provide for a family. There are different ways a family can find debt relief and get their finances back on track.
The first option families should use to fix their finances is to put them on a solid budget plan. Managing your own finances will save some money by not hiring someone else to plan a financial budget. All the funds can be concentrated on paying bills and reducing debt problems. The whole family needs to be involved in the budget, because everyone will have to give up some activities they enjoy, buying expensive coffee treats, lunches out and specialty foods.
Once the budget is establishes and all the income and debt is down in black and white, call the creditors and let them know your plans. Negotiating with creditors is not always an easy step to accomplish. Many people do not have the knowledge for negotiating with creditors the way professional can from settlement or consolidation companies. It would be well worth a try if your family can plan and stick to the budget.
Most people will find self-payment budgets too hard to handle and get poor results. One-step they could make would be to call a credit counseling service for help with reducing payments out to creditors. Debt management agencies will go over all your financials and determine what can be paid out to creditors each month. Counselors will call your creditors and negotiate what you owe to each creditor. Some creditors will agree to allow more time for your payments to be made, others will lower the monthly payments. The counselors will negotiate until there is a final agreement with all your creditors so you can pay off your bills with payments you can afford. Once all the creditors have agreed to the conditions the counselor has established, you will pay the debt management company monthly payments. In turn, the management company will pay off the creditors.
The benefits of using a debt management company is that the counselors are trained to negotiate lower interest rates, lower monthly payments and even get penalty fees and charges dropped. Another benefit is that the creditors will no longer be calling you day and night for payments. Creditors will now work with the debt management company for payments.
Debt consolidation programs are another option for managing debt problems. Consolidation is putting all your debt into one account. The purpose of moving everything into one account is to get rid of the high interest debt. You will then have one payment each month that is lower. This will not lower what you owe as a total amount. Consumers can talk to their credit union, bank or a debt relief company to make consolidation arrangements. Some debt relief professionals can even negotiate with creditors to get penalties and other fees dropped.
Debt settlement arrangements can be made through a debt relief company with counselors who negotiate with all your creditors. The counselors will negotiate down all your balances so you only pay a portion of each debt owed and the creditors forgive the rest. When the counselors are negotiating with your creditors, you will be making payments into an account with the debt relief company. You will stop paying the creditors and build up an account so the creditors can be paid off for the amounts agreed upon by your counselor and yourself. Debt settlement is an alternative to bankruptcy but it also affects your credit rating. This is a temporary situation and as your debts get paid off, your credit score will improve.