Loan for debt consolidation

11 May2009

Loans can be for all kinds of purposes - funding home improvements, for example, or holidays - but if you have multiple debts that you would like to make more manageable, taking out a loan for debt consolidation might be the answer.

A debt consolidation loan can be a good way of reducing your monthly outgoings and simplifying your finances. But as with any debt solution, there are a few things you should take into consideration before you make a final decision.

How debt consolidation works

A debt consolidation loan works by allowing you to pay off all your existing debts and replace them with one easy-to-manage monthly payment - effectively `consolidating` your debt. You will go from dealing with a number of creditors to just one, making repaying your debt simpler.

As well as simplifying your finances, you may wish to reduce your monthly outgoings by spreading out your debt consolidation loan repayments. This can make your debt a lot more manageable in the short term, but be aware that since this will increase the overall amount of time it takes to repay your debt, you may also pay more interest than if you had chosen a shorter repayment period.

However, a debt consolidation loan may still make it possible to reduce the overall amount of interest you pay. In particular, if you consolidate high-interest debts such as credit cards, you may well be offered an interest rate on your debt consolidation loan that will save you money.

Of course, the interest rate you are offered on your debt consolidation loan will largely depend on your credit history, and so if your credit rating is poor, you may not save much money (or you could even pay more). However, for a lot of people, the lower monthly payments are more important than the long-term saving.

How do I know if debt consolidation is right for me?

Deciding which debt solution is right for you can be difficult. Each one is designed to help people in different circumstances. If you`re looking to tackle your debts, you should always speak to a professional debt adviser, who can help you to decide which debt solution best meets your needs.

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