The right way: You should expect some fees, but avoid excessive fees when you consolidate. You don’t want to make your journey out of debt any steeper than it has to be. It’s worth noting that a debt management program has fees, but they get set by state regulation. They also get rolled into your program payments, so you don’t actually incur an extra bill.
I hope you’ll read this with all the grace and kindness I intend, because I really believe being debt free is crucial for any of us to have a positive financial future. Even more than I am saying that anyone can pay off debt, I’m saying that you almost have to find a way. If you don’t, what’s the future look like? More debt? Constant financial stress? I would love to have you sign up for my free Family Budget Challenge that’s going on right now. I’m going step by step exactly how to create financial goals, a budget, and achieve your goals. But for now, I would say if you feel your income is too small, then the next step would be finding a way to earn more, right? Dave Ramsey’s book is full of stories about people getting second jobs delivering pizza or whatever to earn more to pay off debt faster. Another great Dave quote one of my readers pointed out to me yesterday was to sell so much of your stuff to get cash quick to “make the kids think they’re next”!
The website is very well structured and easily readable, with categories clearly marked. You will find the most information about credit card consolidation under "Personal Loans". From here, you simply click the "Get Started" icon, follow the prompts, and enter your information. Their process is designed to match you with up to 5 lenders with very compeitive rates.
Freedom Debt Relief offers several outstanding features for anyone looking to settle their debts: all major industry accreditations, ample debt settlement experience, thoughtful and experienced debt consultants, negotiation with each creditor, and more. The company's 15 to 25 percent fees are pretty standard in comparison to other debt settlement companies (like National Debt Relief).
Mint provides a rainbow-colored pie chart with slices for gas, utilities, shopping, and other spending categories, allowing you to see exactly where are dollars going in a typical month. Once you have that information, you can identify areas where you can cut back. Every little of bit savings counts (read: if you’re splashing out $10 a month on a Spotify Premium membership, reverting to the service’s free subscription, with advertisements, will save you $120 a year).
Credit card debt consolidation can help simplify or reduce your monthly credit card payments, which can help you save money each month. There are multiple ways to consolidate credit card debt — and determining the method that’s most beneficial for you depends on how much you want to pay off, what your current financial situation looks like and how strong your credit history is.
This company does not communicate with its customers regarding changes to their accounts so they can accrue additional monthly fees I joined the program in December of 2018 with 2 accounts. When I joined neither was late. The lady that signed me up requested that I send her the loan documents from my debtors as well as a pay off figure for my accounts from the account themselves. I sent all of the paperwork to them as requested and was told I would be paying $515.24 per month for 12 months (email attached). After making my first payment in January 2020, I realized that they had one of my accounts listed twice. They did an amendment (attached) and removed the account and changed my payment to $350 per month. My creditors continued to call and I reached out to CCA numerous times as the creditor said no one from CCA had contacted them. When I called CCA they told me they had sent the paperwork to the company to just give it time. I continued to make payments until May 2020 due to COVID I had some issues and asked to skip a payment. I was told they could skip that payment but would raise my monthly payment to $408 to make it up. I did so for my June payment. This morning I called to see what I would have to pay in order to get out of the program 6 months early. I was given a number that was roughly $2000 more than my original debt. When I questioned CCA, I was told because the actual payoffs for my loans was much higher than what I had given them. I explained I had sent them exactly what they requested and they had presented me with my program duration and payment. They said my figures did not include interest. However, Ms. Sanchez had specifically told me to get a payoff figure and send all of my loan documents so they had everything needed to determine what they expected I would have to pay. I was then told that after 6 months, they had made a settlement with one of the creditors and sent them one payment of $310. They had not reached a settlement with the other creditor. I have sent a total of $1972 to CCA. I have documentation stating what my agreement was. I called numerous times about why my creditors hadn't heard from them. Not one time did CCA, tell me on the phone, via email etc that they had a higher amount of my debts and my program was extended to at least an additional year. In 6 months time, one settlement was reached but only one payment had been made. I cancelled the program and I was told out of my $1972, I would get $300 returned to me as the rest was for the payment to the debtor (only $310) and CCA fees. Afterward, I contacted both creditors and was able to reach a settlement that was much lower than the one CCA had and for the other company, I had a reasonable settlement agreement in place within an hour. CCA charged me $1372 in fees and did not perform as agreed. They charge over $60 a month in fees plus $600 in one time fees and then a 34% of the amount they were able to "save you". I have a few issues. 1. You delay arranging settlements (creditor said they had just heard from CCA last month for the first time. I joined 6 months ago) I believe this is because you get monthly fees. 2. You change terms and never notify. I was told this is because they hadn't reached an agreement with the second creditor so they didn't know exactly how long it would have to be extended. However, I learned they had not reached out to my creditor for 5 months. They said they sent documents but the creditor didn't receive until late April. I had called numerous times to CCA they hadn't got forms. 3. You ask for loan paperwork and payoffs to make your plan details, then let the accounts hang for awhile adding interest so when you finally get new payoffs, they are much higher extending the program (more fees for you in % saved and monthly fees) and you never notify the client there is a change or I would have removed myself immediately knowing I couldn't afford to pay for another 18 months.
If you're concerned about privacy, rest assured that a PIN protects the app so you’re the only one who can access your debt information. You can also use the app and its features without creating an account or adding your actual bank information. The Pro version of the app syncs your debt with Dropbox so you have the option to access your information from the cloud.
Talk with your credit card company, even if you have been turned down before. Rather than pay a company to talk to your creditor on your behalf, remember that you can do it yourself for free. You can find the telephone number on your card or your statement. Be persistent and polite. Keep good records of your debts, so that when you do reach the credit card company, you can explain your situation. Your goal is to work out a modified payment plan that reduces your payments to a level you can manage.
While there are a variety of methods countries have employed at various times and with various degrees of success, there is no magic formula for reducing debt that works equally well for every nation in every instance. Just as spending cuts and tax hikes have demonstrated success, default has worked for more than few nations (at least if the yardstick of success is debt reduction rather than good relations with the global banking community).

A personal loan is a form of unsecured debt, meaning the loan is not backed by any collateral. If you default on a personal loan, you won’t lose anything, unlike if you fail to make payments toward your car loan or mortgage, which are secured debts. However, if you do default on a personal loan and your creditor sues you, a lien could be placed on your wages or property.
We were impressed by the overwhelming number of customer reviews that described Accredited Debt Relief's representatives as kind, knowledgeable, and patient. Although they do eventually wind up handing you over to a partner company at some point during the process, since ADR is not a relief company in itself, it's good to know that people are in good hands from the start. Their A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau is further evidence that they deliver what they promise.
Did you answer yes to any of the three questions above? If so, it might be worth doing some initial research to see if you can prequalify for any attractive loan offers. “If you currently have multiple debt obligations that you are juggling, a consolidation loan can be a way to simplify your life and possibly save on interest costs,” says Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate chief financial analyst. “A good candidate is a borrower who has steady income, decent credit, a discipline to refrain from running up more debt and a desire to pay off what is currently owed.”

You can settle the debts yourself or hire a debt settlement company. These companies negotiate with each creditor to reduce the amount owed. The settlement company will likely tell you not to pay your creditors but put that money in a trust account. When the funds reach the total needed to settle the debts, the creditors are paid. Until that happens, interest and late fees build up. While the debt settlement company may have attorneys on staff, they work for the company, not for you.

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To start the process with Debt Consolidation Care you must provide your name, phone number, email, and unsecured debt number. Once submitted you can anticipate a phone call from someone to discuss the actual program available at Debt Consolidation. At the time of our review we attempted to get assistance via the Live Chat but no operators were available to assist. We also noted that the BBB provides an A rating for this company but doesn't list it as a debt settlement provider. We thought this was a bit strange and along with the lack of a transparent pricing structure, minimum debt requirement and the states Debt Consolidation Care survives proved to be disappointing.
While a chapter 7 bankruptcy will discharge or get rid of many of your debts it comes with severe repercussions. For one thing, you’ll find it very difficult to get new credit in the future. If you apply for a new credit card or loan in two or three years after your bankruptcy your application will either be declined or you will be hit with a very high interest rate as potential lenders will see you as a high risk. You will be required to pay higher premiums on your automobile insurance and may not be able to rent a house or apartment. And, of course, buying a house will be totally out of the question for 10 years as that’s how long the bankruptcy will stay in your credit reports. It will also be in your personal file for the rest of your life.
For those looking for debt relief, traditional debt consolidation loans may not be the most affordable option. Other solutions, such as a personal loan, may be cheaper in the long run. LendingClub is a top leader in the social lending market and facilitates personal loans. A social lender simply means that individuals can provide the financing for personal loans. LendingClub's role is to bring together borrowers and lenders via a sophisticated and secure website. Without a bank in the mix, borrowers are typically able to get a lower interest rate on their personal loan.
In the United States, the government offers specialized plans that are geared specifically for the repayment of federal student loans. Depending on the individual borrower, there are repayment plans that are income-based, plans that extend the term of the loan, or plans specifically for parents or graduate students. Repayment of most federal student loans can be postponed to some point in the future. Federal extended repayment plans can be stretched up to 25 years, but keep in mind that this will result in more interest paid out overall. For more information, use the Student Loan Calculator.
Since our founding, Freedom Debt Relief has grown to be the largest debt settlement company in the nation, with over 600,000 enrolled clients. We have resolved more than $9 billion in unsecured consumer debt—more than any other company in the debt settlement industry. Our company continues to grow to meet the needs of consumers, employing over 2,000 employees who are dedicated to the cause of helping our clients reach their financial goals.
Credit card debt is highly influential in determining a borrower’s credit score since it will typically account for a significant portion of credit utilization on a borrower’s credit profile. Credit bureaus track each individual credit account by itemized trade lines on a credit report. The aggregation of outstanding credit card debt from these trade lines is the borrower’s total credit card debt, which is used by credit bureaus to calculate their credit utilization ratio, an essential component of a borrower’s credit score.

From antiquity through the 19th century, it refers to domestic debts, in particular agricultural debts and freeing of debt slaves. In the late 20th century, it came to refer primarily to Third World debt, which started exploding with the Latin American debt crisis (Mexico 1982, etc.). In the early 21st century, it is of increased applicability to individuals in developed countries, due to credit bubbles and housing bubbles.
Keep in mind, too, that contrary to popular belief, closing credit accounts won't immediately impact the length of your credit history and the mix of account types in your credit history. Closed accounts can stay on your credit reports for up to 10 years, and they can continue to impact your credit history's length and credit mix during this time. As a result, closing accounts as part of a DMP (or for any other reason), won't have an impact on these scoring factors for a long time.

Debt settlement is a service offered by third-party companies that can try to reduce your debt by negotiating settlements with your creditors or debt collectors. Some debt settlement companies may be successful at reducing your debt, but their services and programs also come with risks that could leave you deeper in debt. Debt settlement could even end up damaging your credit.
Payment consolidation. Depending on your situation, our counselors may suggest that you consolidate your payments on unsecured debts to save money and simplify debt elimination. This will enable you to make one convenient monthly payment to ACCC instead of making many payments to multiple creditors. When we receive your payment, will disburse funds on your behalf to your creditors. Most of our clients find that making one payment per month enables them to stay current on payments more easily and reduces the stress of owing a lot of money to many different creditors.
The creditor’s primary incentive is to recover funds that would otherwise be lost if the debtor filed for bankruptcy. The other key incentive is that the creditor can often recover more funds than through other collection methods. Collection agencies and collection attorneys charge commissions as high as 40% on recovered funds. Bad debt purchasers buy portfolios of delinquent debts from creditors who give up on internal collection efforts and these bad debt purchasers pay between 1 and 12 cents on the dollar, depending on the age of the debt, with the oldest debts being the cheapest.[3] Collection calls and lawsuits sometimes push debtors into bankruptcy, in which case the creditor often recovers no funds.
If you are one of the many millions of Americans that are facing student loan debt, ACCC can help you find the right student loan solution.  Our counselors will provide you with an in depth evaluation of your finances and assess your particular student loan circumstances. If you are looking for student loan relief ACCC’s student loan counseling will help.  ACCC will review and explain the various student loan relief options available as well as help you determine qualifications based on your financial situation.  The student loan counseling will successfully help you sift through the clutter no matter what stage you are in with your student loans.
With respect to personal loans, Upstart is efficient. You can apply online and find out your rate within a few minutes. You're asked simple questions about your income and education history. Upstart then presents you with loan terms and options for payment. Once a customer agrees to the terms of the loan, funds are issued - sometimes, by the next business day. If you accept your loan by 5pm EST (not including weekends or holidays), you will receive your funds the next business day. Loans used to fund education related expenses are subject to a 3 business day wait period between loan acceptance and funding in accordance with federal law.
The primary mechanism of debt relief in modern societies is bankruptcy, where a debtor who cannot or chooses not to pay their debts files for bankruptcy and renegotiates their debts, or a creditor initiates this. As part of debt restructuring, the terms of the debt are modified, which may involve the debt owed being reduced. In case the debtor chooses bankruptcy despite being able to service the debt, this is called strategic bankruptcy.
This company does not communicate with its customers regarding changes to their accounts so they can accrue additional monthly fees I joined the program in December of 2018 with 2 accounts. When I joined neither was late. The lady that signed me up requested that I send her the loan documents from my debtors as well as a pay off figure for my accounts from the account themselves. I sent all of the paperwork to them as requested and was told I would be paying $515.24 per month for 12 months (email attached). After making my first payment in January 2020, I realized that they had one of my accounts listed twice. They did an amendment (attached) and removed the account and changed my payment to $350 per month. My creditors continued to call and I reached out to CCA numerous times as the creditor said no one from CCA had contacted them. When I called CCA they told me they had sent the paperwork to the company to just give it time. I continued to make payments until May 2020 due to COVID I had some issues and asked to skip a payment. I was told they could skip that payment but would raise my monthly payment to $408 to make it up. I did so for my June payment. This morning I called to see what I would have to pay in order to get out of the program 6 months early. I was given a number that was roughly $2000 more than my original debt. When I questioned CCA, I was told because the actual payoffs for my loans was much higher than what I had given them. I explained I had sent them exactly what they requested and they had presented me with my program duration and payment. They said my figures did not include interest. However, Ms. Sanchez had specifically told me to get a payoff figure and send all of my loan documents so they had everything needed to determine what they expected I would have to pay. I was then told that after 6 months, they had made a settlement with one of the creditors and sent them one payment of $310. They had not reached a settlement with the other creditor. I have sent a total of $1972 to CCA. I have documentation stating what my agreement was. I called numerous times about why my creditors hadn't heard from them. Not one time did CCA, tell me on the phone, via email etc that they had a higher amount of my debts and my program was extended to at least an additional year. In 6 months time, one settlement was reached but only one payment had been made. I cancelled the program and I was told out of my $1972, I would get $300 returned to me as the rest was for the payment to the debtor (only $310) and CCA fees. Afterward, I contacted both creditors and was able to reach a settlement that was much lower than the one CCA had and for the other company, I had a reasonable settlement agreement in place within an hour. CCA charged me $1372 in fees and did not perform as agreed. They charge over $60 a month in fees plus $600 in one time fees and then a 34% of the amount they were able to "save you". I have a few issues. 1. You delay arranging settlements (creditor said they had just heard from CCA last month for the first time. I joined 6 months ago) I believe this is because you get monthly fees. 2. You change terms and never notify. I was told this is because they hadn't reached an agreement with the second creditor so they didn't know exactly how long it would have to be extended. However, I learned they had not reached out to my creditor for 5 months. They said they sent documents but the creditor didn't receive until late April. I had called numerous times to CCA they hadn't got forms. 3. You ask for loan paperwork and payoffs to make your plan details, then let the accounts hang for awhile adding interest so when you finally get new payoffs, they are much higher extending the program (more fees for you in % saved and monthly fees) and you never notify the client there is a change or I would have removed myself immediately knowing I couldn't afford to pay for another 18 months.
If you are disciplined about making payments, you may want to extend low-interest government student loans to lower your minimum payments and use the savings to pay down higher-interest-rate loans faster. (The government allows you to consolidate and extend most government student loans at your current interest rate.) However, you may end up paying more interest because the time period is much longer. Contact your loan servicer for information.
Don't be afraid to use a portion of your savings to pay down high-interest rate debts. Using cash reserves for debt repayment is a smart decision because you will stop accruing interest on those large balances. Although it may feel comforting to have some extra cash sitting in your bank account, the truth is that those funds aren't really working for you — not with today's record low interest rates. Don't deplete your savings entirely. If you're sitting on a pile of cash, do use some of those funds to eliminate your bills.
If you’re looking for the fastest, cheapest exit possible without the expense of bankruptcy, settlement may be the best choice. Keep in mind that bankruptcy isn’t free. The filing fee for Chapter 7 is $335, then you’ll also have fees for your attorney. This is why it’s important to have the right filing expectations before you take your case to the courts.
Before you apply, we encourage you to carefully consider whether consolidating your existing debt is the right choice for you. Consolidating multiple loans means you'll have a single payment each month for that combined debt but it may not reduce or pay your debt off sooner. The payment reduction may come from a lower interest rate, a longer loan term or a combination of both. By extending the loan term you may pay more in interest over the life of the loan. By understanding how consolidating your debt benefits you, you'll be in a better position to decide if it is the right option for you.
The Debt Reduction Calculator spreadsheet creates a debt payoff plan based on the debt snowball technique, while the Credit Repair Spreadsheet focuses on paying off your debt in a way that improves your credit score as you go along. The Credit Card Payoff Calculator is perfect for figuring out the monthly payments you need to make in order to reach a particular payoff date. You can even access a Savings Snowball Calculator that helps you balance your savings and debt reduction goals. That way you don’t have to neglect your savings account while you're paying off debt.

Bankruptcy comes in two main options for consumers: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Regardless of its type, bankruptcy should always be the last resort. While it may eliminate your responsibility for some or all of your unsecured credit card debt, it will have lasting impacts on your credit. For example, those who file under Chapter 7 may lose property and the bankruptcy data will remain on their credit reports for 10 years after filing.
Debt relief programs at ACCC are designed to help you take control of your finances and make a plan to pay off your debts. In your first conversation with our expert credit counselors, we'll evaluate your financial situation to get a clear picture of what you owe and how best to pay it off. Then we'll work with you to create a workable budget – something you can live with, but one that will help you make significant progress toward your goal of being debt-free.
Freedom debt relief LLC (AKA: Freedom Financial Network), is one of the largest and best debt settlement companies in the nation, created by Mr. Andrew Housser and Bradford Stroh. One of the unique attributes of this company is that it offers consumers a loan to pay off a lawsuit if a summons is received by a client while enrolled in the program, and this is a very effective way to resolve a summons. Freedom Debt has one of the highest retention ratios out of any company on this list when it comes to debt settlement.
It can be almost too easy to get yourself in over your head with credit card debt. If you are swimming in credit card debt and you need help, you’ll find a variety of services available for helping you manage your debt. The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be careful when hiring a debt settlement firm to negotiate with creditors because there is no guarantee that the firm will be successful and you may encounter high fees for these services. Instead, you can negotiate credit card debt reduction yourself by contacting your creditors directly.
To create consolidated financial statements, the assets and liabilities of the subsidiary are adjusted to fair market value, and those values are used in the combined financial statements. If the parent and NCI pay more than the fair market value of the net assets (assets less liabilities), the excess amount is posted a goodwill asset account, and goodwill is moved into an expense account over time. A consolidation eliminates any transactions between the parent and subsidiary, or between the subsidiary and the NCI. The consolidated financials only includes transactions with third parties, and each of the companies continues to produce separate financial statements.

Debt feels like a lead weight that hangs around your neck, and with student loans, car payments, and medical bills, it all adds up into a pretty heavy one. Learning to confront your loans head-on and form a strategy for paying them down can help you start managing them. Get out from under your loans and get back in the world, then learn to stay debt free.


This won’t be an option for everyone but if you’re paid hourly, speak to your boss and see if you can pick up a few extra hours. Or if you’re job has shifted, check if the less desirable shifts pay a bit more per hour. Working nights isn’t fun, but it could make you some extra money without doing any more work. Maybe less if there’s no one watching!
Another thing you can do is to look at refinancing higher interest credit cards so that you can get a lower interest rate. There are companies like Sofi who specialize in refinancing higher balance credit cards so that you don’t have to pay the ridiculous interest rates that credit cards tend to have. Sofi has interest rates as low as 5.99% fixed with AutoPay.

If you can’t get approved for one of these loans after trying a couple of lenders, you may want to talk with a credit counseling agency. These agencies can often help clients lower their interest rates or payments through a Debt Management Plan (DMP). If you enroll in a DMP, you’ll make one payment to the counseling agency which will then pay all your participating creditors, so even though it’s not technically a consolidation loan, it feels like one.
FDR will then help you set up a savings account, secured by the FDIC, that will allow you to deposit cash and help with your debt settlement. Your debt consultant will then determine when the best time is to attempt to negotiate with your creditors. If you reach a solution, Freedom Debt Relief will ask you to authorize the agreement, then charge you a fee based on that settlement. Freedom Debt Relief will not charge you a fee until a settlement is reached; however, not all creditors will allow you to settle.

Do your research to ensure that a settlement company's business practices are honest and designed to offer the best outcomes for consumers. Choose from among legitimate debt settlement companies. Having a trustworthy professional on your side can be helpful if you're nervous about negotiating credit card balances on your own, aren't making headway in dealing with your creditor directly or need an expert who can tell you whether you're getting a good settlement deal.

Debt settlement is a practice that allows you to pay a lump sum that’s typically less than the amount you owe to resolve, or “settle,” your debt. It’s a service that’s typically offered by third-party companies that claim to reduce your debt by negotiating a settlement with your creditor. Paying off a debt for less than you owe may sound great at first, but debt settlement can be risky, potentially impacting your credit scores or even costing you more money.


With a home equity loan, you borrow against your home. So if you fail to pay back the loan — known as defaulting — the lender has the right to take your home and resell it. With a personal loan from Marcus, you never have to put up your home or personal possessions as collateral for the loan. So, you can pay down your debt and know your stuff is safe. Pretty neat, right? Learn more about home equity vs personal loans.

A debt relief program has expert negotiators that know how to deal with creditors. At Freedom Debt Relief, we have been doing this since 2002 and have settled over $10 billion in debt. We use our size and experience to our consumers’ advantage by allowing us to bulk deals together to secure the best settlement percentages possible. This makes it more efficient for creditors, which saves both sides money and time. Our goal is to negotiate for you lower total balance, lower interest rates, and waive creditor’s fees.


Interesting question. I’m not sure I follow 100%, but here’s my thinking on this. You can either pay them off in full or keep that lump sum for other financial goals and savings. The benefit of paying off all the debt may very well be worth it for your peace of mind. And there’s one very important factor here–the interest rates. If those are high (say above 6 percent), then I would absolutely pay them off. If they are low, then there is an argument that you will hear people make quite frequently, which is that your money can work for you and earn a higher rate in returns via saving for retirement, other stocks, etc.
InCharge Debt Solutions, a leading nonprofit organization, offers free and impartial debt relief solutions to consumers struggling with credit card or other unsecured debt.  If you feel overwhelmed by debt, call a certified credit counselor or get started online for a free analysis of your financial situation. You could be just minutes away from debt relief.
Some people looking to settle turn to a debt settlement company, which negotiates on your behalf with your credit card companies and acts as an intermediary. Instead of dealing directly with credit card issuers, you pay the debt settlement company an agreed-upon amount every month, and the company disburses payment to your creditor after reaching a settlement agreement.
Start With Counseling: The first step of a debt consolidation program is counseling. You’ll speak with staff at the service provider to determine whether or not they can help and to lay out a plan. It is a good opportunity to learn about your debt—and to ask about fees and how the organization works. If you get a bad feeling, try a different company.
If you have $15,000 or more in unsecured debt, Freedom Debt Relief may be able to help. While all debt relief services will likely cause a negative mark on your credit report, Freedom Debt Relief professionals can assist you in negotiating with creditors in a way that you may not be able to do yourself. Although fees may be high — as much as 25% of what you save on your debt — it may still be less than paying the debt in full.

When it comes to paying off credit card debt, many consumers take the path of least resistance: the so-called "minimum payment plan." By law, credit card issuers are required to set a minimum monthly payment amount for each cardholder. These payments are calculated on the basis of the cardholder's total balance, interest rate and certain other factors.
The debt-snowball method is a debt-reduction strategy, whereby one who owes on more than one account pays off the accounts starting with the smallest balances first, while paying the minimum payment on larger debts. Once the smallest debt is paid off, one proceeds to the next larger debt, and so forth, proceeding to the largest ones last.[1] This method is sometimes contrasted with the debt stacking method, also called the "debt avalanche method", where one pays off accounts on the highest interest rate first.[2][3]
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