Over the past several years, there have been a few companies that have released computer software that will help you to create a debt reduction plan, without the need for any kind of professional assistance. You enter all your credit and debt information and the software will create a customized repayment plan and budget for you.
Some of the more popular debt management software include Rapid Debt Reducer, Debt Eraser's Rapid Debt Reduction Plan and Snapshot Gold. Each program works slightly differently, but they all create custom debt management programs.
For example, Rapid Debt Reducer works on the basis of a five year elimination plan. This program, which is also available under the name Smart Money Manager, will help to identify unnecessary expenses and the most effective order of repaying outstanding debts.
Debt Eraser's Rapid Debt Reduction creates a plan that is supposed to be able to clear your debts up to 13 times faster while saving a considerable amount of interest. All without increaseing the total payments every month.
With most of these programs, you will need to enter all your debt information such as total owing, interest rates, minimum payments, etc. You then need to prioritize the various debts and identify the maximum amount you can repay every month (in total).
Once this information has been entered, the software will identify the best debt to pay off first. Those payments are then rolled into the next most effective one, and so on until all the debts have been repaid.
One of the biggest advantages of using this type of software compared to going to a credit counselor is that there is no effect on your credit rating, provided you continue to make all you minimum payments.
William Blake writes about managing your credit card bill and other related topics for the Debtopedia website. For more information and helpful tips for getting out of debt, visit http://www.debtopedia.com