You’re in deep with credit cards, student loan payments and car loans.Minimum monthly payments aren’t doing the trick to help nix your debt, and you’re flippin’ scared.But let’s be honest: Your interest rate isn’t the main problem. This specifically applies to consolidating debt through credit card balance transfers.The enticingly low interest rate is usually an introductory promotion and applies for a certain period of time only. Be on guard for “special” low-interest deals before or after the holidays.
You don’t need to consolidate your bills—you need to pay them off.
Most of the time, after someone consolidates their debt, the debt grows back. They don’t have a game plan to pay cash and spend less.
In other words, they haven’t established good money habits for staying out of debt and building wealth.
Here’s why you should skip debt consolidation and opt instead to follow a plan that helps you actually win with money: The debt consolidation loan interest rate is usually set at the discretion of the lender or creditor and depends on your past payment behavior and credit score.
Even if you qualify for a loan with low interest, there’s no guarantee the rate will stay low.