Need advice on debt consolidation!

Discussion in 'Credit Talk' started by Twooki, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Twooki

    Twooki New Member

    I have 2 credit cards that are in collections. Both have a balance of about $4,000.
    My husband lost his job in Oct 2008 and was on unemployment until Jan 2009. During that time it was do we buy groceries or pay or credit card bill?

    Guess which we paid?

    I was always able to keep our other smaller charge cards up to date except these two. My husband has since gone back to school full time and I got a good government job in Feb 2009. Unfortunately it was only on a part time basis until just recently. I now make a steady pay check and I am able to pay our bills.

    I am hoping to crawl out of this hole we are in, But I just don't know how to do it. What I WANT is to somehow roll both of these credit cards into some kind of consolidation loan so that the companies will stop calling me and I can pay like 2 to 3 hundred dollars a month.

    I feel like the money I give them it just keeping the "wolves at bay" so they wont put a charge against my credit. I also don't have enough money to settle with them. I also don't want that on my credit for 7 years.

    A debt consolidation company that I contacted by phone didn't even have a rep available to talk to me. The woman took my name and number and had someone call me back. But of course I was busy at the time of their call and missed it. They also said that I needed more then $10,000 in debt to be eligible. I could have that amount if I added in my other charge cards that are not currently in collections.

    I guess what I am looking for is some advise on a good debt consolidation company. Or a miracle.
  2. oscar

    oscar Banned

    There are many debt management firms. The most reputed ones include:
    â?¢ www dot debtburst dot com
    â?¢ www dot destroydebt dot com
    â?¢ www dot payplan dot com
    â?¢ www dot debthelper dot com
    You can find a more exhaustive list here: www dot buzzle dot com/articles/debt-management-companies-list.html]Debt Management Companies List
  3. JoshuaHeckathorn

    JoshuaHeckathorn Administrator

    If your credit score is above 640, you may want to think about using a P2P lending site like You can avoid dealing with potentially shady debt management firms and just handle it yourself.

    I've used Prosper as a lender in the past and they make the entire process quite easy and painless. I believe you can get a loan up to $25K, the rates are fixed and reasonable, fees are low, and you can use the loan to pay off any outstanding debt.
  4. JMason

    JMason Well-Known Member

    How much does that debt that you want consolidated come to?
  5. Twooki

    Twooki New Member

    The amount is about $8,000
  6. JoshuaHeckathorn

    JoshuaHeckathorn Administrator

    Did you ever give a try? If so, let us know how it went.

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