I’m Unemployed and Looking for Debt Help. All the Programs Require Monthly Payments. – Rich

“Dear Steve,

I lost my job and cannot repay my debts — all unsecured. Shopping for a debt reduction program. The only debt reduction programs I am learning about require monthly payments. I have no monthly income for making any payments. However, I may be able to find a private benefactor to loan / give me the lump sum for a reduced debt payment. For example, paying off 30K for 10K.

Is there a debt reduction program that will accept a lump sum payment?


Dear Rich,

It would be a mistake to use any cash on hand you have now for debt reduction payments until you line up a new job.

I’d suggest you first read How to Get Out of Debt. The Honest and Unvarnished Truth and The Truth About The Success Rates, Failure Rates and Completion Rates of Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, and Bankruptcy. They will give you a great overview of what we need to deal with to get you moving in the right direction.

Then use the free How to Get Out of Debt Calculator to review your options.

Once you’ve identified a company you want to work with, then follow my step-by-step guide on what you should look for and expect from a good debt relief company.

Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.


You are not alone. I'm here to help. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can get through this. Tomorrow can be better than today. Don't give up.

Damon Day - Pro Debt Coach

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