Having several personal loans, credit cards or store cards is not rare. However, many people find managing these multiple debts a challenge, as they each have different interest rates, payment schedules and repayment values. If you’re beginning to struggle with managing multiple debts. it may be worth considering debt consolidation before you fall behind on any repayments.

 

What is debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation is combining all your existing debts together into a single and easier to manage new loan. This can help you better manage your repayments and give you a clearer picture of your financial future - and importantly, a path to being debt free. You would typically do this by taking out a new personal loan to repay your other existing debts, and then paying this new loan back over an agreed term.

 

How does debt consolidation work?

If you have two different credit cards and a car loan with debts of $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000, you’re likely to also have different interest rates for each and need to make three different repayments at different times each month.

 

This complexity can be hard to manage, and makes budgeting and planning harder than it needs to be. This scenario could be costing you more in interest payments than it needs to, especially when different loans have different interest rates. With interest rates on credit cards often up around 20% p.a., you could be struggling to pay off the interest as well as the actual credit card debt.

 

In the scenario above, consolidating these debts into one personal loan with a competitive interest rate to pay off both credit cards, the car loan and all outstanding interest could help simplify your financial position. The new personal loan will have single repayment to make a set period of the loan – you can usually choose whether to make repayments weekly, fortnightly or monthly to best fit with your situation.

 

Best of all, if the interest rate on your new personal loan is cheaper than your current debts, your repayments will be lower, enabling you to pay off the loan faster or have a little extra in your account each month.

 

Benefits of consolidating your debts

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your debts, remember to act early. The sooner you act, the easier it will be to find a solution. If you’d like to discuss your options, give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your options.

 

Want to apply for a Gateway Bank Debt Consolidation Loan online? Use our simple and easy online application, and make sure you have the following information ready to speed up your approval:

  • Your living expense figures
  • Details of your assets, income and liabilities
  • Statements for the last 3 months for your assets & liabilities
  • Your last payslip or evidence of income statement
Variable Rate Debt Consolidation Loan
  
Fixed Rate Debt Consolidation Loan

   

Want to know more?

Product Features:

Car & Personal Loans
Interest Rate : 9.84% pa
Comparison Rate : 10.87% pa
Establishment Fee : $149
Monthly Fee : $0
Annual Fee : $0
Discharge Fee : $0
Minimum Amount : $3,000
Maximum Amount : $30,000
Maximum Term (Years) : 7
Redraw Facility : Yes
Additional Repayments Accepted : Yes
Additional Repayments Fee : $0
Periodic Payments : Yes
ATM/EFTPOS Access : No
Branch Access : Yes

Having trouble deciding which Personal Loan is best for you?

Use our comparison tool to help find the option that suits you best.

How much will my repayments be?

Rates advertised apply to principal and interest repayment types only. Gateway reserves the right to vary these interest rates at any time. Applications for finance are subject to our standard credit assessment criteria. Full terms and conditions are included in the loan offer. Fees and charges apply.

1 Comparison rate is calculated based on an unsecured personal loan amount of $10,000 over a 3 year term. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

2 Minimum redraw amount is $250.

3 Fixed rates revert to the corresponding product's variable base rate upon expiry of fixed rate term.

Footnotes:

  • 1 Up to 50% Debt Consolidation