Nerd Wallet recommends visiting your local credit union first.
Most credit unions offer their members flexible loan terms and lower interest rates than online lenders, especially if you have a low credit score.
Minimum monthly payments aren’t doing the trick to help nix your debt.
That’s why dishonest companies that promote too-good-to-be-true debt relief programs continue to rank as the top consumer complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission.
Here’s why you should skip debt consolidation and opt instead to follow a plan that helps you actually win with money: The debt consolidation loan interest rate is usually set at the discretion of the lender or creditor and depends on your past payment behavior and credit score.
Most will give you a rate without a “hard inquiry” on your credit, unlike many banks and credit unions.
For online lenders, the lowest rates go to those with the best credit; rates top out at 36%.
401(k) loans typically are due in five years, unless you lose your job or quit, in which case they’re due in 60 days.