When you find yourself overwhelmed with credit card debt, you may not know what to do to get yourself out of trouble. There are a few options available to you to find credit card debt help.
First, you should gather all the information that you have about your debts. By having a full understanding of what you owe, what the current payments are, and which accounts are behind or current, you will know how to proceed.
You will need to contact a debt counseling service. It is important to find a service that offers both Debt Settlement and Debt Consolidation Services. These are two different types of plans, and you should have the option to use whichever is the better plan for your situation.
Debt Settlement is a plan that involves having a debt counselor negotiate a final payoff price for your debt. These counselors have the skills to dramatically reduce the amount you owe through skillful negotiations with your creditors. Once a final payoff amount has been agreed upon by both parties for all of the debts, a loan is made and the creditors are paid off and close the accounts. The debtor will then only have a single monthly payment to make to cover the loan. The initial negotiations could take months to secure a payoff amount, so don't worry too much if it doesn't happen overnight.
Debt Consolidation is handled in much the same way. Credit counselors will negotiate with the credit companies to reduce your total debt. This will entail removing late or over limit fees, reducing interest amounts, or stopping interest accumulation altogether. The credit counselors will negotiate a repayment structure with the company and combine all of your debts into a single monthly payment. This method drastically reduces the amount that you owe each month, the total amount of debt that will accumulate over time, and the length of time it will take to repay the debt. It is critical that you stick to the repayment plans, as faltering on repayment can negate any of the deals and you will be responsible for the entire amount again.
As a last resort, you may want to contact your card issuer to see whether their company has a repayment option that will accommodate your financial standings at that time. If you are lucky you will reach a customer representative that is willing to work with you. However, you should note that this may lead to the immediate closure of your account. Credit card companies are more willing to deal with credit counseling companies for a number of reasons, so if your debt is over a few thousand dollars you probably want to use a company instead. Just make sure to watch out for scams and stick to your repayment plan, and you'll be able to pay off your debt sooner than you may think.