Debt is costly and can prevent us from reaching financial goals (or at least prevent us from reaching them when we’d like to).
Some people consider credit card debt bad and mortgage or student loan debt good.
They may simplify your payment without significantly lowering your cost of debt.
Which strategy will ultimately be the best choice for you depends on your own circumstances, and we can’t tell you what to do.
It won’t prevent you from getting credit in the future, but for a time some credit products will be unavailable to you and others will come at very steep prices.
Also, not all debts can be discharged in a bankruptcy. Collection accounts fall off your credit report after seven years.
The truth is that having any debt means you are financially beholden to a creditor and you can’t put your money in your own pocket until your obligation is met.
You’ve got several options when you make the decision to eliminate debt.
A company will manage the plan and negotiate some cost reductions with your creditors, such as waived fees or a lower interest rate.