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I really don’t care about the credit issue, I just want to make sure that it works and I’ll be clear of my debt. Is there a reasonable lawyer or company that you know of?

4 Thoughts on does debt settlement actually work?
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    Help Is Here!
    August 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Only person it works for is the company, as they will charge you an up front fee and then screw your credit up much worse than what it is. They make off with your fee, and you still have bad credit and may even get to meet your creditors face to face in court!

    Contact a credit COUNSELING service in your area. Or look up CCCS. What you want is a NOT for profit service.

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    Jeanne R
    August 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Debt settlement companies do not have great reputations and I believe deservedly so. Please do not consolidate. It is not free, they will lower your payments by increasing the length of time until you are debt free, and you will take a hit on your credit score. Or they negotiate your debt down after telling you not to pay for awhile adding another hit to your credit score. There is a better way.

    A. Have a garage sale and sell anything that you no longer need or want.

    B.Get a temporary part time job, if you have one, get another. You need more income to dig yourself out of the debt.

    It is better to have a no fun year than a no fun decade.

    Here is a plan that can help you. If you work the plan, the plan will work for you:
    1. Make a budget. Make the budget a week before you get paid. A budget is not a punishment! It is a tool which will free you from ever having to worry about money again. Put everything in your budget. Especially those annual, biannual, or quarterly bills like car registration, insurance, etc. Give every dollar you are going to bring home the name of where it is going. Add an “emergency fund” category to your budget for 25 dollars and save up until you have 1000-1250 dollars. Your emergency fund will help keep you from getting into new debt because of an emergency. If you can, set up a direct transfer to a savings account for your emergency fund. That way it moves automatically and you don’t even have to worry about it. You must cut your spending and live on less than you make.

    2.First get current on all of you debts and make no more late payments. Stop using your credit cards immediately. Do not take on any more debt. Credit cards are like quicksand only the death is much slower. Make a list of all of your debts in order of highest interest rate to lowest interest. Use cash only for your spending from now on.

    3.Pay the minimum due on all of your debts and then put your extra money towards paying off the highest interest one first. After you get that one paid off, you put the money you were paying on debt #1 (the minimum payment and the extra payment) towards debt #2. That will pay debt #2 off faster. When that is paid off, you put all three payments towards card #3 and that one will be paid off pretty quickly. As an example:

    To start :
    Debt #1 (highest interest): minimum payment+ extra payment
    Debt #2 (middle interest): minimum payment
    Debt #3(lowest interest): minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: minimum payment from Debt #1+ Minimum payment from Debt #2 +extra payment
    Debt #3: minimum payment

    Debt #1: paid off
    Debt #2: paid off
    Debt #3:Minimum payment from card #1+ minimum payment from Debt #2+ minimum payment from Debt #3+ extra payment.

    That way, you will get them all paid off, on time, and pay the least interest. It will also help towards rebuilding your credit since you will no longer have any late payments. This works no matter how many different debts you may have.

    4. After you get all of your debts paid off, add to your emergency fund until you have 6-12 months of income saved up. Put that emergency fund money into a liquid money market fund or into a Bank of America no-risk CD so that if you need the money you can take it out without penalty.

    5a. When you have your emergency fund in place, add a category for “fun” to your budget. Save for a holiday, a vacation, a big screen, or dinners out, whatever goal you want. Remember to enjoy your life.

    5b. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your retirement. Join the 401(k) plan at work and contribute the maximum. Your employer probably matches at least part of your contribution so why give up free money? Open a Roth IRA and contribute the maximum on a monthly basis. If you start saving for your retirement now, you will probably retire a millionaire.

    5c. When you have your emergency fund in place, start saving for your next car. Only buy cars, or other things that depreciate, with cash. Save up for a nicer car. That way you get the interest instead of paying the interest.

    You can do it and it isn’t as hard as you think. Just follow the plan.

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    Sara J
    August 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Debt settlement is a right option if you are in serious debt. You will have to start saving and stop repaying the debt amount for a small time and then they negotiate with your creditors so that your debt levels are reduced. This will affect your credit score a little but you can become debt free in the shortest time span and later you can build your score.

    Make sure you choose a reputable company with a good track record. I was also in deep debts last year and I took help of freedom debt relief to negotiate my credit card debts, now I am almost debt free. I am happy with their service and recommend you go for them. I am pretty satisfied with their service.

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    August 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I used “Credit Solution” to settle my student loan,mortgage,credit card and other debt.They managed to reduce my debt up to 58% and improve my credit score .It’s legitimate . I came across this company on NBC News Special Edition.Check it out here:

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