If your credit card accounts and loan payments are increasing the amount you pay each month for these expenses, it may be time to think about refinancing your loans. While some accounts may be fixed so that you are unable to reorganize the loan into smaller payments or a lower interest rate, other accounts may be eligible for refinancing in order to make the payment amounts and length of repayment time more convenient for your budget. Here are a few options to consider.

Extend Your Loan

Sometimes financial circumstances change. Your income might be reduced due to a change of job, fewer hours at work, a pay cut, illness, or retirement, among others. Or your expenses may have increased due to having a child, buying a new home, or saving for college tuition. If your loan payments are increasingly difficult to meet on time, it may be a good idea to extend your loan for a longer repayment period. This may lower the amount of your monthly payment to make it easier on your budget.

Apply for a Consolidation Loan

A consolidation loan may be the answer to eliminating your other debt. If you qualify for a larger loan amount, you could pay off the smaller loan and credit card balances and repay just one monthly payment instead of several. This strategy might reduce your overall interest costs and ease your monthly budget expenses. In addition, you might be able to cash out refinance funds for other expenses that are not typically paid by a low-interest loan, such as medical bills or a much-needed vacation.

Refinance for Lower Interest

If you receive a loan offer at reduced interest and no additional maintenance costs, you may want to refinance your loan. This would lower the amount of interest you will pay for the life of the loan as well as monthly payment amounts. Ask your preferred lender about special offers that you may be eligible for to apply for a low-interest loan to replace your current loan by transferring the remaining balance.

Request a Grace Period

Certain kinds of loans begin with a grace period of between one and two months. This is often the case with mortgage loans and car loans simply as a matter of setting up the new loan, so you get to skip a monthly payment. Other loans provide an annual grace period of missing one scheduled monthly payment during the holidays or over the summer for borrowers who could use the extra cash for a vacation or other seasonal expense. Sometimes even one monthly payment can help you over a difficult financial period.

Check out options like these to help you make monthly loan payments on time. That way you can keep your credit score in good standing.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.