Start your goodbye to debt in 2024 with Achieve Resolution
By Gina Freeman
Reviewed by Kimberly Rotter
Dec 27, 2023
Read time: 2 min
It’s a new year, a new you, and the perfect time of year to make a self-improvement pledge. Go to the gym more often. Take a class. Pick up a hobby. Quit smoking. All good choices. But our favorite one is dropping costly debt. You can make a plan now to get your credit card balances under control in 2024. Achieve Resolution might turn out to be the best New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made.
What does it mean to resolve debt?
Resolving debt means making it go away for less than the full amount you owe. Often, getting a debt reduced makes it easier to get rid of that debt once and for all. Creditors may be willing to discount your debt when they understand that you can’t afford to repay the entire thing. It’s an offer they sometimes make to people experiencing financial hardship. Creditors become concerned about their ability to collect anything at all, and that could open up the opportunity to negotiate. Usually, negotiations involve offering a lump sum in exchange for writing off the remaining balance.
The tricky part is that most people don’t have a lump sum lying around. They have to find a way to save it and then negotiate settlements with as many creditors as they can. There may be a lot of moving parts, and that’s where a service like Achieve Resolution could help.
How does Achieve Resolution work?
Get a free evaluation from a certified debt consultant. The goal is to create a two- to four-year plan to get rid of your debt. You can do this online or over the phone—whatever’s more comfortable for you.
You and your Achieve debt expert create a customized plan and determine a monthly program deposit that you can afford. Your plan payment may be significantly lower than your total monthly minimum credit card payments.
You make that deposit each month into a dedicated account that you control. As the balance increases, these funds will be used to pay settlements negotiated by your team.
An expert debt negotiator opens negotiations with creditors on your behalf. More than half of Achieve members get their first debt resolved within three months. Achieve already has relationships with many creditors and may be able to streamline the negotiation process.
After your negotiator reaches an agreement with your creditor, the details are presented to you for approval. Once you approve, Achieve releases money from your dedicated account to pay the creditor. Last, Achieve’s fee is deducted from the same account. A reputable debt resolution company will never charge you upfront fees—they only earn fees once they’ve resolved a debt.
You’ll repeat this process for each enrolled debt.
Over time, you resolve your enrolled debts, so you can move on with your life.
Is debt resolution too good to be true?
One, not every debt can be negotiated. Generally speaking, student loans and court-ordered child or spousal support are not eligible. Also, secured debt like car loans and mortgages can’t be resolved, although you could ask your lender if they have any hardship assistance to offer.
Two, many people choose to stop making their minimum debt payments in order to free up money to fund their dedicated account. Any time you stop making payments on your debt, your credit standing could suffer.
Here at Achieve, we’re not lawyers but we have partners who are, and they specialize in negotiating debt. If you join our program and an enrolled creditor files a lawsuit against you, we may engage one of our lawyer friends to try to negotiate a settlement and keep you out of court. This is a free benefit that we offer to our members who make all their program deposits on time and in full.
Credit card debt is so 2023
Interest rates in 2023 hit painful levels and made it harder for most of us to stay on top of our balances—let alone pay them down. But there's good news: inflation has started to back off, the holiday spending season will soon be over, and now’s the time to plan an attack on your debt. Make 2024 the year that you get a grip on your credit card balances and work toward financial security. With an experienced and dedicated team at your side. Achieve Resolution could give you some breathing room and help you find a way out.
Gina Freeman has been covering personal finance topics for over 20 years. She loves helping consumers understand tough topics and make confident decisions. Her professional history includes mortgage lending, credit scoring, taxes, and bankruptcy. Gina has a BS in financial management from the University of Nevada.
Kimberly is Achieve’s senior editor. She is a financial counselor accredited by the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education®, and a mortgage expert for The Motley Fool. She owns and manages a 350-writer content agency.