Before you do, let's take a look at the pros and cons of each option.
With a credit card consolidation loan, you work with a lender to combine all of your unsecured debt into one monthly payment.
For a credit card consolidation loan to be worth your while, you’ll want a plan that offers a lower interest rate and/or lower monthly payments than you’re currently paying to your creditors.
Options to consolidate your credit card and other debts include a balance transfer credit card, an unsecured personal loan, a home equity loan or line of credit and a 401(k) loan.
The option that best suits you depends on your overall debt load, credit score and history, available cash and other aspects of your financial situation, as well as your self-discipline.
The pros and cons of debt settlement and debt consolidation vary, especially with regard to the amount of time it will take to eliminate debts and the impact it will have on your credit score. When used properly, either can help you get out of debt sooner and save money. The prospect of paying less than you owe — far less in some cases — makes debt settlement an enticing choice for eliminating debt.
It is also a risky one, a debt relief option so fraught with misunderstanding and negatives that most financial experts would recommend it only as a last resort. You, or a representative negotiating for you, make an offer to your creditor to settle the debt for less than what is owed.