When you're choosing the term of a loan, consider the total amount of interest and fees you’ll pay.A loan with a longer term may have a lower monthly payment, but it can also significantly increase how much you pay over the life of the loan.
Consolidation works best when your ultimate goal is to become debt-free.
This type of credit card charges no interest for a promotional period, often 12 to 18 months, and allows you to transfer all your other credit card balances over to it.
Most issuers charge a balance transfer fee of around 3%, and some also charge an annual fee.
Before you choose a card, calculate whether the interest you save over time will wipe out the cost of the fee.
The following four steps will walk you through calculating how much debt you have, choosing the debt consolidation loan, setting a timeline to be debt free and teaching you how to control your spending.
Consolidating multiple credit accounts into one new loan with a single payment may help you lower your overall monthly expenses, increase your cash flow, and eliminate the stress of multiple monthly payments.
Options to consolidate your credit card and other debts include a balance transfer credit card, an unsecured personal loan, a home equity loan or line of credit and a 401(k) loan.
The option that best suits you depends on your overall debt load, credit score and history, available cash and other aspects of your financial situation, as well as your self-discipline.
View the Total Cost of Borrowing Before you apply, we encourage you to carefully consider whether consolidating your existing debt is the right choice for you.
Consolidating multiple loans means you'll have a single payment each month for that combined debt but it may not reduce or pay your debt off sooner.
Debt consolidation is a strategy to roll multiple old debts into a single new one.