Do debt reduction plans work? The answer to that question has to be maybe. It depends on your circumstances, how good the plan is, and probably most of all, your motivation to succeed.
If you have only started to have financial difficulties, then you have a much better chance of success than someone who has been ignoring the problem for a while. Tackling the problem head-on will impress your creditors much quicker than ignoring the problem, hoping it will disappear. What has caused your current situation? Have you lost your income, or perhaps your boss has imposed a pay cut or cut down on overtime?
Even if the problem has existed for some time, it is not too late to regain control of your finances. There is a way out of most situations, but sometimes we need external help to find it.
It would help if you educated yourself first. You need to sit down and draw up a complete financial budget. It means listing your income and outgoings on one page, on paper, or in an excel spreadsheet. You could access various debt consolidation programs, but before you go down this route, you should know what you are facing. Look around your home and see what assets you own.
You may be able to sell some stuff to generate some emergency cash to appease your creditors. Do not pay the money you owe based on who screams or hassles you the most. There is a set way to repay debt, and you must follow this plan.
How Good is the Plan?
A debt reduction planner can be a helpful tool but only when written by someone who understands how the debt repayment process should work. Certain debts are a priority, i.e., your mortgage and your taxes. These payments should be maintained at all costs and certainly before any credit card payments or personal unsecured loan repayments.
A debt reduction plan should work through a process, i.e., a total income and expenditure statement together with a list of your debts. This list should include the amount you owe, the current repayments, the interest rates, and details of any other charges that are applicable.
If you are already in arrears, you should also include this figure. Only when you can see the entire situation can you find a way out. No matter what type of debt counseling program you choose, they will need this information.
No debt consolidation reduction plan will work unless you are motivated to succeed. There is no magic wand available to get those debts repaid. You will need to generate more cash by performing a second or perhaps a third job or selling some things you own.
It may even take a combination of both. It isn't easy to face your problems, but with determination, hard work, and perhaps a little luck, you can get through this.
Now you know part of what is involved in debt reduction plans. Hopefully, you have found that you can generate some additional cash and get your finances under control.