When the harassing creditor phone calls keep coming and the mail is full of past due debt bills, it may feel like you don't know where to turn or what can be done. Threats of lawsuits or seizure of your property (cars or home) can be frightening. When the creditors tell you to start paying NOW or you will lose everything, it may feel like an impossible task especially if you can't find a dime to send to them.
There is help out there. Don't give up hope. The help for your mountain of debt may be easier to find than you think.
If you have not tried it yet, begin with helping yourself. What can you do on your own to begin to fix your debt problems? Obviously you can't pay all that you owe on your debts, but you may be able to start sending in something...anything...even a few dollars a month to show your good faith promise to pay your debts back to the creditor. You may be surprised that when you reach out and contact a creditor and begin to pay what you can on a regular basis every month, they will see you are serious about paying your debts and they will begin to work with you.
Sometimes creditors will lower your monthly minimum payment for a while until you get back on your feet. Some creditors will even offer to lower your balance and work very closely with you to help you get the debt paid off. You may even find some creditors that will settle the debt in full for a percentage of what you originally owed them.
If you are too far gone with debt to deal with the creditors on your own, there are many companies that will work with you and be your liaison with those tough creditors. You may also want to consider a debt consolidation loan that will help you pay off all your debts with one loan and give you one simple monthly loan payment to pay each month. There are also credit counselors available to teach you budgeting and personal finance. Some credit counselors will work with the harassing creditors to get your interest percentage lowered or your monthly payment amounts lowered to a workable figure within your current income level.
No matter what debt help method you choose, you have to recognize that you may have some habits that have put you in the debt-crazed state you are now in. Start by admitting you need to make some changes in the way you handle money. If you don't admit you need to make changes, then even if you dig yourself out of your debt hole, you will put yourself right back in the same place again in no time. You have to choose to be disciplined with your money. The peace of mind you will gain from no longer having the creditors harass you will make all the budgeting and discipline worth it.