My husband and I started a small business last year and put all the inventory and startup costs on credit cards. Initially, we bounced the cards from one 0% offer to another, but then we made a couple of late payments and now ALL of our cards are at 29.9%. We are making the minimum payments every month, but it’s very hard and it kills me to know that the interest rates are so high. We have called the card companies to ask for lower rates, but they refused to lower them. We owe about $60,000.
I don’t feel that we need credit counseling, because all our other bills and mortgages are paid on time. But we do need some help getting these rates lowered so we’re not paying interest only for the next 20 years.
What is your best suggestion to get our credit card rates lowered so we can pay off all this debt?
If you have a credit score about 660 then you can look at LendingClub.com as a place to get an unsecured, fixed rate, debt consolidation loan. The maximum loan through LendingClub.com is $25,000 and that might be enough to greatly reduce your balance or completely consolidate it.
Outside of that, your next step would be to click here for credit counseling information. This credit counseling program may lower your interest rates significantly but the accounts would be closed and your payment would remain about the same as what you are paying now.