Being in a financial bind is a situation that many of us are familiar with. Sometimes, even when we are being good with our payments and budgets, things happen that can through us into a financial hold – be it a medical emergency or sudden unemployment. When getting out of debt becomes difficult to impossible it is time to look to a debt solution. One great option is a debt management program, or DMP.
There are many types of DMPs available, either through internet sources or credit counseling agencies. All of these programs work by acting on your behalf with the creditors and collection agencies to lower the overall rate on your bills. Lowering the rate will lower the overall monthly payment making it easier to pay back.
Working with a DMP allows you to bundle a variety of bill beyond just your credit cards, including any medical or student loan bills as well. If you’re wondering if a DMP is something that will work for you, here are a few questions: Does it seem like you’re drowning in bill after bill? Have you tried to make your own repayment plan and it just didn’t work? Are you being hassled by collections calls at all hours and you don’t even want to pick up the phone anymore? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, a debt program may benefit you greatly.
Working with a debt management service will go beyond just lowering your monthly payment and interest rates; it will also waive any accumulating over the limit and late payment fees. Consolidating your bills into one easy monthly payment will also eliminate the harassing collections calls.
To find the right DMP for you, you should look into a company’s profile, background, and reviews. Once you’ve made the decision a debt program will look over your entire financial situation before negotiating lower interest rates and making a more affordable payment plan. The single payment you make is given to the DMP which then portions it out among your various creditors.
This all may sound easy and the answer to your problems, but there are things you should remember. Don’t accept any repayment plan that is offered to you if you cannot afford it. That doesn’t help your situation in the slightest. Get any offered plans in writing so that you can retain them for your records. Make sure than any plan you are offered is something that your creditors will accept and be sure that you’re willing to keep up with regular payments. Don’t be late and make sure that your payments are being sent on time as well.
Working with a debt program is not detrimental to your credit score, but waiting around and not making payments, or being inconsistent with your payments will do nothing in terms of being a debt solution.
For those that are in need of financial assistance, there is a debt solution waiting for you. However, once you find that solution, it is important that you change your spending habits or you might end up at point 1 all over again.