Consolidating multiple credit accounts into one new loan with a single payment may help you lower your overall monthly expenses, increase your cash flow, and eliminate the stress of multiple monthly payments.

When you're choosing the term of a loan, consider the total amount of interest and fees you’ll pay.

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However, there are specific instruments called debt consolidation loans, offered by creditors as part of a plan to borrowers who have difficulty managing the number or size of their outstanding debts.

Creditors are willing to do this for several reasons – one of them being that it maximizes the likelihood of collecting from a debtor.

Because there is no general industry consensus as to what the best options are, we have narrowed down your options.

Many of these options work hand in hand or as part of a larger debt reduction program, but in general, these are your choices: Debt Settlement: Settlement is the process of negotiating with your creditors in hopes of reducing the total amount of debt that you owe them.

Debt consolidation means taking out a new loan to pay off a number of liabilities and consumer debts, generally unsecured ones.

In effect, multiple debts are combined into a single, larger piece of debt, usually with more favorable pay-off terms: a lower interest rate, lower monthly payment or both.

The top performers in our review are National Debt Relief, the Gold Award winner; New Era Debt Solutions, the Silver Award winner; and Accredited Debt Relief, the Bronze Award winner.

Here’s more on choosing a service to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 systems.

I wanted to buy a home last year, so I started to look around.

It took me some time – a few contracts fell through – and then my bank told me about the first time homebuyer class.

There are also several consolidation options available from the federal government for those with student loans.