Credit cards are not difficult to get today. You can apply and be approved online, through the mail and even at the cash register. Most people have at least one credit card and it is probably more common than not to find that most people have multiple credit cards. With the increase in credit cards, though, more and more people are finding it difficult to pay more than the minimum monthly payment. If this sounds familiar and resembles your situation, you may have considered credit card debt consolidation. This is a step in the right direction and there are a few ways to accomplish this.
A common way today is to simply transfer all of your credit card balances onto one credit card with a lower interest rate. This is probably the easiest way to consolidate your credit cards. You can take advantage of introductory rates many companies offer, often rates as low as 0% APR. First, be aware of any transfer fee which can go as high as $75.00 per transfer. Second, you must confirm that the total amounts you will transfer are not more than the credit available on the card to which you are transferring the outstanding balances. Third, pay attention to the promotion periods. The low introductory rates typically end at some point, sometimes six months up to a year. Once that time has passed, the standard and much higher interest rate will apply to any balance remaining on the card.
Another option is to borrow money from a friend or family to payoff your credit cards and then pay them on a regular basis the agreed upon amount. Having the agreement in writing is important, even though you may not feel you need it originally. This can help avoid any unanticipated problems in the future should there be any misunderstandings. If this is an available option, though, it is an effective form of consolidation.
Finally, credit card debt consolidation can be accomplished through more formal terms by utilizing the services of a debt settlement program or the debt consolidation services through an organization, company or bank. Many non-profit organizations or similar debt settlement companies will negotiate with your creditors for a reduced interest rate and payment amount to help you avoid the need to take out a consolidation loan. If you do need to take out a consolidation loan, these companies or a bank can assist with that as well.