I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was looking at my four credit card statements and saw that I was just north of $20,000 in credit card debt. I asked myself, how did I get there? It did not help that I had just come back from the music store having purchased four or five CD’s that I had no business buying, yet I still did not see the issue. My problem was that I was using credit cards to fund a lifestyle that I wanted, and felt that I deserved but was doing it at the expense of my future. It would be one thing if the credit card debt was due to me losing a job or something like that, but sadly it was largely spent on junk that I did not need. One question kept running through my mind – was all that stuff worth the cost?
I listen to the radio on the way to work every day. At least once every morning, I hear a commercial talking about debt consolidation services. Some of them are good companies trying to help you and some are predatory and are just trying to make a buck. It is important to know how debt consolidation works so you can make good, informed decisions.