Credit card debt is something that affects many people today. Credit cards are used as the main method to shop or pay bills, especially online. The economy has been rough for a lot of us and for someone who is unable to pay off the balance of the card in full each month, it can be quite overwhelming. However, there are steps you can take to get out of debt, or at the very least, reduce the credit card debt that you have. Here are four ways to get you started:
Pay More than the Minimum Required
When trying to get out from under huge credit card bills, you must be aggressive. One method to obtaining balance free credit cards is to pay more than the minimum payment required. The more you pay the quicker the balance due will go down. If you just pay the minimum then you be paying that bill forever because you are just paying the interest, which is what credit card companies want you to do since it means more money for them. Try paying more so you will be paying more on the principle than the interest.
Lower Interest Cards
If you have a family that has more than one credit card, look at the cards carefully to find the one with the lowest interest rate. Do a balance transfer from highest interest rate card to the lower one and pay it off as quickly as possible. It’s better to pay 12% interest rather than 18%. Keep doing this with all of your cards until they are all paid off. If the lower card doesn’t have enough credit to take the entire balance just transfer what is available, pay that off, and keep doing it that way until it is paid.
Take Advantage of Promotional Offers
If you pay attention, places such as banks offer promotions for transferring credit card debt. For example a bank might offer 5.8% interest rates for a specified amount of time if you transfer your debt to them. Take advantage of it. Paying 5.8% is better than paying 12% or 18%. Be careful though; look carefully at the offer to make sure there are no catches. Shopping around for different offers and promotions is a must when looking for debt relief in this manner.
Renegotiate or Bankruptcy
If you feel that you have tried everything that is available to you, there is one more option. Call your creditors and try to work out a plan with lower interest rates or a pay off plan. If they are unwilling to work with you let them know that you will be filing for bankruptcy, more than likely they will work something out with you. Bankruptcy should only be used as a last resort, as it will damage your credit for at least seven years. There are different types of bankruptcy, so if you choose to take this road explore all of them to determine which one best fits your needs.
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