Debt is ugly business. The more debt you have, the less freedom you have with your own finances and your life overall. It can be hard to break free of the debt cycle – taking out new cards when old credit cards fill up. Paying off a loan with a credit card and paying more fees and interest over time.
It may be hard but it is possible to clear your credit card debt, especially if you choose to use a personal loan to pay off debt. Here’s how it works.
Apply for an unsecured personal loan
A personal loan is a cross between a credit card and a car loan. A car loan is arranged to buy a car – a
secured loan that is tied to the car itself. If you don’t pay the loan, the bank takes the car back. If you
pay the loan on time every month, at the end of the terms you own the car.
A credit card is an unsecured line of credit that is not tied to a new car or any other asset. The bank
trusts you to repay the loan and allows you to keep using the card if you make payments. An unsecured
personal loan is a loan with set payments, like the car loan, that isn’t tied to any asset, like a credit card.
There are secured personal loans as well. Those are typically tied to your home equity or your car title.
You take out an unsecured personal loan much like you apply for a credit card. Fill out the application,
get approved and then the loan is funded. Rather than a credit card, however, the funds are sent to your
bank account where you can use them for the purpose you’ve indicated in the application. The personal
loan can be used to pay for medical expenses, start a new business or, for many of us, to pay off debt.
Pay off your debts
When you apply for a personal loan to pay off debt, you should apply for a loan in the amount of the
debt. Have $10,000 in credit card debt? Get a loan for $10,000. The loan application can be done online
in many cases and once the loan is approved, the funds will be sent electronically to your bank where
they will appear like a direct deposit.
When the loan is funded, you will have a large sum in your bank account. You can use those funds to
immediately pay off all of your debt. You can clear out your medical debts or credit card debts in a single
sitting if you pay everything online. Be careful to not get careless with the funds when they arrive – it
can be tempting when a large amount of money appears in your bank account. Follow your plan and pay
your debts immediately.
Start making personal loan payments
Once you’ve cleared off all of your debts and credit card payments, you won’t owe any more money to
the credit cards or other lenders (provided you don’t charge new purchases on the credit card or take on
With a personal loan to pay off debt you will have a single loan payable to a single vendor. The personal
loan comes with fixed payments, much like a car loan, so you will now start making those payments on a
regular basis. But instead of buying a car, you will be buying financial freedom by paying off all of those
The larger the loan, the larger the monthly payment, of course. But if you were making minimum
payments on various other debts, you may find that the single payment for the personal loan is still less
than all of those smaller minimum payments combined.
Pay off the debt
Make your payments on your personal loan every month, on time, and you will see a reduction in how
much you owe. In a short amount of time you will start to see the balance of your personal loan
decrease. After all, this is not a credit card that you keep filling up with new charges. Every payment is
reducing your debt and getting you one step closer to being debt free.
When you have finished making payments on the personal loan, you will have finished paying off your
debt. If you managed to avoid taking on any new debt during the repayment period, you may be
completely debt free and have hundreds of extra dollars every month to save or use for other important