A growing number of people these days are borrowing money because of personal debt. When debts mount up and it becomes a struggle to meet all the payments, a common course of action is to seek a debt consolidation loan. The principle behind consolidating your debts is that you use the new loan to pay off all your old creditors, leaving you with just a single new payment to deal with.
Apart from the fact that it is much easier to deal with only one payment, the other main advantage of a debt consolidation loan is that the new payment should be lower than the total of your previous repayments. Care must be taken, however, to ensure that the payments are not just less because the loan is spread over a much longer period, otherwise you can end up paying back much more in the long term.
It is also important that the interest rate on the new loan is actually lower than for the old debts. The best way to ensure this is to list out all your existing debts and the interest rates you are paying, then only consolidate those debts which are at a higher rate than the proposed new loan. Do not be tempted to automatically include every existing debt you have in the consolidation loan.
Payday loans are a relatively new form of borrowing for the UK. These are a specialist form of lending that often does not require a credit check. Payday loans are usually just for a few hundred pounds or dollars and generally just for a few weeks at a time. They are useful for dealing with small unexpected emergency expenses, but should not be seen as a way to deal with cash shortages due to ongoing debt problems. If they are used to cover ongoing shortages, the same problem will arise each month, which can lead to more and more borrowing. The other thing to be aware of with payday loans is that they should always be paid back on time, as the penalty charges are often extremely high.
An alternative way to borrow money if you have a bad credit rating is through homeowner secured loans. These are only available to people who own their own property and are a way of borrowing money which is secured against your home. What this means is that the debt is legally bound to your house, so if you do not keep up with repayments, the lender can arrange to have your house sold off to get their money back. The fact that there is the security of your house attached to the loan means that the lenders are less worried about poor credit ratings, and are often happy to lend much higher amounts of money.