Q: I am trying very hard to improve my credit, but my debts seem to keep piling up. If I join a credit counseling or debt management program, will it harm my credit rating?
A: It sounds like you truly want to improve your credit, so that's a great start. You have to remember that it takes time and effort to become debt-free, but it's something you can definitely accomplish on your own.
The Credit Learning Center has five steps to be debt-free
that can help.
If you do decide to use a credit counseling or debt management program, be sure to carefully research the organization before you sign on or give them any money. Some of the dangers of these programs include: expensive fees...missed or late payments that hurt your credit score...consolidating balances into one large amount (that can also harm your score)...removing positive account information from your report...and more.
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