Debt Reduction Definition
Debt Reduction is simply the process of negotiating a lower dollar pay off on your credit card debt than what you currently owe. Why would a credit card company do that? Studies show that if you have had a credit card for over three years,and used it on a semi-regular basis,after three years you would have paid off everything you purchased. The rest is just interest and fees.
The below analogy could work on anyone. Let us suppose that you purchase the best BBQ grill on the market. You take out the brand new shiny gold or platinum card you received in the mail last week with a credit limit of $5,000 on it.
The grill costs $5,000 which is exactly the credit limit on the card. However,you are smart,and decide you don’t want to be in credit card debt. Therefore,you agree to absolutely pay this debt off within a three year period.
You figure you’re going to send in monthly payments of $139.00 to pay off this credit card debt. ($139.00 x 36 months = $5,004.00). You have now paid back what you purchased,correct? Not exactly. Your monthly statement says that you still owe over $2,958.44 based on 22.9% interest. Therefore,if you continue to pay $139/month,it will still take you more than two more years to pay off this debt. That’s the power of interest rates!
Where does the original $5,000 come from? The money isn’t sitting in a bank somewhere. It is created out of thin air by the credit card companies. They do this hundreds of times a day. Then they collect interest on this money.
Debt Reduction companies negotiate and settle interest on your debt,although they are able to negotiate principal as well. Is this something you could do on your own? Not really. Credit card companies could care less about you. They do not want you to pay off debt. They would prefer to keep you in “the debt trap”. You make the minimum monthly payment or just a little above that,and you end up like a hamster running in circles each month and getting nowhere.
Why not talk to a professional debt reduction company,and find out how you can become debt free in three years or less. In most cases your debt reduction is about 40%-60% or more with a single phone call.