September 21, 2012

Can you afford to pay your debts back in full?

Depending on your situation this may sound like an odd question, but it’s one that many are being forced to ask themselves given the state of today’s economy. The current household debt-to-income ratio in some countries is still hovering around 150 (and probably even worse in others). In this case it means the average person owes $1.50 for every $1.00 of income brought in. Needless to say, this is not a debt load that can be carried indefinitely. Thus, many are looking for solution to get out of debt as quickly as possible so they can get their financial futures on track again.

Although bankruptcy will get you out of debt quickly, you ruin your credit as a result. In the future, you have a harder time obtaining new lines of credit, including when you want to purchase a new car or home. The same is true with debt settlement, which is a debt solution that allows you to settle your debts by paying back only a portion of what you owe. The remaining balance is written off. This gets you out of debt so you can start moving forward again, but you’ll do so with a damaged credit rating. In both cases, the penalty on your credit report remains in place for seven years.

This makes finding a way to pay back what you owe in-full an essential task. Even if you have to adjust your payment schedule which can cause a credit penalty, paying back what you owe in-full is always preferable. The credit penalty is much less harsh if you paid back everything you owed versus only making a partial payment or not paying at all.  Minimizing any credit penalty is critical to finding the right financial solution, because you want to put yourself in a strong position moving forward. If you have to move forward weighed down by a 7-year credit penalty the road may be much harder.

When it comes to finding a way to pay your debts back in-full, you have a number of options available if traditional repayment is problematic for your finances. You may be able to consolidate your unsecured debts into one low monthly payment, using a debt consolidation solution such as a debt management program. This allows you to reduce the amount you pay each month, and you may get out of debt faster because you reduce the interest rates applied to your debts. You still pay what you owe, but you pay less in interest and make monthly payments on a different schedule.

This can provide the relief you are seeking for your finances in the short term without causing as much long term damage to your credit as you would with partial payment debt settlement or bankruptcy. If you want to know more about this type of debt consolidation, contact a not-for-profit credit counseling agency and speak with a trained credit counselor. The counselor can assess your debt and financial situation to help determine if your debts can be paid in-full or if you need to look into other options.

Connie Solidad has been writing about finances for years. She writes about consolidating debt, debt management, credit counseling tips and more... She also loves playing with her two dogs in Tampa, FL.

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