When you decide to make any type of life change, following a plan will help to ease the anxiety and stress that comes with it. With a plan you will need to discipline yourself. When it comes time to consolidate bills, make no mistake, this is a life change and it will require discipline and a plan. When youve come to the decision that you need to consolidate bills, its not so that you can free yourself to run them up again. Its so that you can get your debts paid off as painlessly as possible and then not run them up again.