Yes! You Can Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

There are many things that people fear and out of control credit card debt is not something that always comes first to someone’s mind when they think about the worst financial hardship that could happen. But, when it does happen to someone, it can feel as though it is the worst thing ever and that they are buried so far that they will never see any light. But this does not have to be true as there are many ways to go about fixing the problem including debt negotiation. What credit card debt negotiation does is take the debt you owe and either reduces the total amount that you owe or find a way to make it easier to pay it off.

Generally, when a credit account hits a collection agency, there is more room to work a debt negotiation plan. This means that if you owe a total of four thousand dollars, they may be willing to take a lump sum payment of two thousand dollars and call the debt paid off. This helps the company in that they are finally receiving money from the debtor and the debtor is helped by the reduced amount of debt. Credit card debt negotiation plans are often a win-win situation for both parties involved. And while it is true that there will be a small mark on your credit for paying less then the total due, the affect is much less then leaving the debt sit or filing bankruptcy.

What to Do

If you look at your card statement, you will see that your interest rate is listed on there in a spot that is easy to find. If your rate is over 10% then you have something you can use for negotiating credit card debt. These are arbitrary numbers set by the credit card company and you can use them when you are negotiating debt. As long as you always pay your principle you are fine. I had a friend that would call his credit card companies once a year and tell them that if they didn’t lower their interest rates he was paying the card off in full and canceling it. More often than not the rates got lowered. This also affects your monthly payment and can help you control your monthly debt.

The best and generally the cheapest way to go about tackling debt negotiation is to call each of your creditors yourself and explain your hardship. While not every single credit card company or collection agency will be able and willing to accept a deal, there is a good chance that one or even a few of those on your list that you owe will be willing to work with you. Even though you would love to see every creditor on your list cut your debt in half, the fact is, even if one or two were able to slice your debt in half, you will have been successful in your credit card debt negotiation.

If you are feeling that you are not outgoing enough or maybe you are just simply too scared or shy to contact your creditors, you may need the assistance of someone else. There are agencies that are dedicated in helping you with credit card debt negotiation and since it is their job, they may know a few tricks that you do not and this could make all the difference in getting it done. It never hurts to call in some professional help but try to stay away from those who want to charge you excessive fees for their assistance because successful credit card debt negotiation cannot be promised although the success rate for skilled negotiators is extremely high.