Where to get consolidating loans

Debt consolidation involves taking out new credit to pay off your debts and debt management is where you negotiate affordable payments with the companies you currently owe money to.

Both can lead to lowering payments but are completely different ways of dealing with debt.

Banks and credit unions are typically only willing to lend people around 10% of their net worth (your assets minus your debts) on an unsecured basis.

Debt consolidation loans aren't right for everyone.

If you find yourself doing this every year or two, that means that you are spending more than you make, and it is going to take forever to get your mortgage paid off at this rate.

You can see if your bank or credit union is able to provide you with a debt consolidation loan.

Debt consolidation can be a useful strategy in some situations but for many it can involve extra costs, and potentially makes a difficult situation much worse.

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