Of course this is the age of the internet so as an alternative to books you can search for financial and stock market terminology online. The important thing to bear in mind with this is that you should only use reputable and trusted sources. Remember that the 'net is unregulated and anyone can put up a site without bothering to check their facts. As a smart shopper you need to do the math on whether the amount you will pay over the life of your refinancing will be worth the monthly reduction in your outgoings. Sit down with a calculator and a pen and figure out the monthly payment of the loan multiplied by the term. Then do a similar calculation with your outstanding credit card balances taking the monthly minimum payment. Once you have got a good idea of how much refinancing is likely to cost you are far better equipped to approach the directly. But before picking up the phone it's a good idea to make sure you are going to present your application in the best possible way. Begin by listing every item of outstanding credit you have. Just don't use them as long term loans because they were never designed for that kind of borrowing. If you are finding that you have outstanding balances of two, three or more credit cards you will probably be well advised to look into taking out a debt consolidation loan. This will enable you to spread your borrowing over a fixed period of time. Another basic is something you no doubt heard as a child - "never put all you eggs in one basket". It's as true today as it ever was and will be forever no doubt. Of course we all want to be in at the bottom of the latest, greatest stellar investment but to put all your cash into that one stock isn't investing its gambling. Poor credit isn't necessarily a barrier to you getting a loan to consolidate your debt as the companies understand your situation. There does though have to be an explanation when you apply for a loan for debt consolidation. Poor credit requires you to explain how you came to be in arrears and, just as importantly, why things are going to be different now.