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Ways to consolidate debt

Many New Jersey residents struggle with financial obligations resulting from credit cards, student loans and other forms of consumer debt. Since the 2008 recession, many have also made a habit of making late payments. This can cause late fees and an increase in interest rates. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done by some people to consolidate their debts.

The most effective way of eliminating some of these problems is to pay off debt as soon as possible. If appropriate, people should make their credit card payments before making payment on other obligations. This is because credit card companies often charge high interest rates, and that interest is not deductible from income taxes. If the credit card debt cannot be completely paid off, consolidation may be the next best option. This can lower the overall interest rate so that a slightly larger payment can be made each month, having the effect of reducing the principal more rapidly.

People can also look at balance transfers as a way to consolidate credit card debt. These offer debtors an option to use a fixed rate that is often lower than what the consumer is currently paying. This can make it easier for a person to pay off the obligation in a timely manner. Homeowners can also make use of home equity loans to consolidate credit card debts. This allows them to borrow funds against the equity of their homes and use them for other obligations. Interest on these types of loans is usually deductible for tax purposes.

Those who are struggling with insurmountable unsecured debt may also wish to obtain the advice of a bankruptcy attorney. In many cases, filing for bankruptcy can lead to at least a temporary halt to creditor harassment, and if successfully completed, it can result in a discharge of some of those forms of obligations.

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