Has anyone had any luck with credit counselors?

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If so which one? I can barely pay the minimum balances due.




  1. Yes. They do work. My wife went with Express Consolidation. Its worked like a charm. Just make your single payment each month and lay off the credit cards.

  2. Do Credit Repair Agencies Work?

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  3. You want to try a non profit agency like consumer credit counselors.  Don't go to a consolidation company.  They are a scam.  You make a monthly payment to them, they take some off the top for themselves and keep the money til they have enough to start settling with creditors.  In the meantime, your accounts go more delinquent, eventually charging off.  A lot of creditors will no longer work with these consolidators due to the fact they are so shady.  You may also want to try calling the creditors yourself and see if you can work something out with them.  Many of them will work with you on lowering your payments, lowering your interest and stopping your late charges.  Good Luck!   ***

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