One of the things I see all the time is people struggling with high credit card debt... and handling it the wrong way.
High credit card debt can feel impossible to handle -- interest payments that are almost your entire minimum payment, the balance never seeming to go down -- and it gets worse if people fall behind and start getting calls from creditors or debt collectors. People start making bad choices, or making no choices. They stop paying, or get into terrible rescue schemes without considering the consequences.
There are lots of ways to handle credit card debt, with each working better or worse depending on your circumstances. Bankruptcy is an option that needs to be considered.
And then there's debt consolidation. This is one of the worst-understood areas that I've seen. Lots and lots of people offer debt consolidation advice, so you have to be careful who you go to. Some firms are scams. Some people aren't right for debt consolidation.
Done properly debt consolidation can help, a LOT. It can change many payments into one -- so less risk of forgetting a payment easier budgeting. It may be able to lower interest rates. It can take delinquent accounts and pay them off, creating a current account that might help your credit. The reduction in interest might save you as much as 50% on your debts, and you can actually eliminate some debt instead of just moving it around.
But there's risks, too: Debt consolidation loans may come with liens on property, for one thing. You have to consider whether you want your home at risk if you can't make the payments -- and getting forgiven debt on a debt consolidation loan can have tax ramifications in some circumstances.
So if you're burdened with credit card debt, consider all your options, and make sure you've got all the information necessary; get some Debt Consolidation Advice -- and if it's right for you, work with a reputable authority to consolidate your debts and get some relief.